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Traffic Lights Coming to Sixty Foot Road/Route 50 Intersection

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Sixty Foot Road street sign. (Photo: WBOC) Sixty Foot Road street sign. (Photo: WBOC)

PITTSVILLE, Md. - The Maryland State Highway Administration officially announced Thursday that traffic lights will be installed at the intersection of Sixty Foot Road and Route 50 in Pittsville.

The plan was first made public Wednesday night at a community meeting between SHA officials and neighbors in Pittsville.  The official announcement came Thursday morning.

The debate over what to do at the intersection has gone on for years.  The intersection has become notoriously dangerous and many in the Pittsville community have bee calling for a traffic light at Route 50 and Sixty Foot Road for quite some time.

Denise Liana is the manager of Birch's Produce, which sits right at the dangerous intersection.  Liana told WBOC Thursday that she has seen numerous accidents over the years.

"Standing here and watching it happen, and listening to the wreck. I mean there are a lot of nights that I go to bed and I still hear the crashes and I still see Mr. Singleton, God bless his heart. And Mr. Vincent. And the families that come and just know that in a split second their family was gone," Liana said.

Over the years, SHA has installed flashing warning lights and signs approaching the intersection.  Rumble strips have been put on Route 50 as well.  Plus, it is mandatory for drivers to have their headlights while on Route 50 all the way to the Route 90 split.  Fire departments officials said these solutions work for a short period of time but the accidents would start back up again.  The announcement that traffic lights will be installed was music to the ears of Liana.

"The traffic light, although it won't stop everything, it will just make life so much easier, and hopefully, and I pray, that it will cut down on the fatalities out there."

However, WBOC spoke with several drivers on Thursday who believe the light will cause traffic issues in the future, particularly during the summer months both east and westbound on Route 50.  Others like Rob Colone, the owner of East Coast Pizza Connection, believe the traffic lights could deter traffic away from the intersection altogether.

"Which would bring more traffic to the intersection over at Old Ocean City Road and Sixty Foot Road. But that's a busy intersection the way it is, so it probably will bring more traffic that way as well," Colone said.

While the light could potentially increase traffic, every person WBOC spoke with said the main goal of the stop lights are to increase safety which could potentially save lives.

SHA officials said the project is not yet funded, but following more traffic studies in the near future, a construction timeline could be ready by late summer.

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