In response to Mr. Larry Bradshaw’s Oct. 11 letter about PA drivers needing to slow down on U.S. 15: I agree ALL drivers need to slow down, as well as just plain pay attention and DRIVE, and not just on 15!
Mr. Bradshaw, the legal speed limit IS posted, but I do think more signs are needed, especially on 15, as well as more enforcement.
In Pennsylvania, the limit of 65 mph is posted as you enter the state. In Maryland, it’s 55 mph, also posted just across the line from PA, until south of Frederick past Md. 85. Therefore, Mr. Bradshaw is also driving too fast on 15 at his admitted 65 mph. Again, more signs on 15 please!
South of Frederick the limit goes back up to 65 (posted) until you reach Montgomery County, where it returns to (posted) 55.
On I-70, the limit east and west of the city is 70, while through the city limits, it’s 65, which I believe is way too fast, given the number of exits/merges, tourists unfamiliar with the area and sometimes confusing signage for those folks.
Case in point: U.S. 340 east onto Interstate 70 west and 15 north. This is a major commuter as well as tourist approach, on a curve, with a single sign indicating drivers are approaching a solid lane divider at the exit; many people miss (or ignore?) that sign, and those coming off Ballenger and Jefferson Pikes can’t see it at all as it’s above their heads while they’re merging into traffic.
There are over 1,000 new homes out that way, with lots of new residents who don’t know the area. Compounding the problem, an exit sign overhead on 340 has the arrow for 15 north pointing straight down, which on the curved approach makes it look like the I-70 exit is the far right and the 15 exit is the next to right lane, while in reality it’s the same far right lane.
Another sign at the exit points 15 north drivers straight ahead, so again they don’t think they’re supposed to get over. This results in multiple daily last-minute lane changes. If you think I’m exaggerating, you don’t drive there. Potential fixes: Get rid of the straight-ahead sign; overhead, paint over the straight-down arrow to 15 north with an arrow angled to the right to point to the exit lane; add another sign on the approach showing the solid divider and a couple of additional signs on the approach saying, “U.S. 15 north and I-70 keep right after next exit” Signs will need to word it that way because “right-lane only” or “keep right” will make drivers get over too soon where there is the exit onto 351/180 (Ballenger Creek and Jefferson Pikes) which will make the problem worse instead of better.
Now, how about those blinky things on everybody’s cars?