I applaud the Maryland State Highway Administration for attempting to create a safer U.S. 15 north of Frederick by eliminating some of the crossroads and installing center U-turn lanes, but they seam to have created a new problem.
Drivers who want to go south on U.S. 15 from Old Frederick Road must now turn right and travel north to use the center U-turn lane at Devilbiss Bridge Road to change direction and head south. No more crossing over and turning left.
This has created a situation where drivers will turn right from Old Frederick Road and immediately cut across the two lanes of traffic traveling at highway speeds to enter the left U-turn lane. They are often traveling well below the posted speed limit and rarely signal. This is a high-speed rear-end collision waiting to happen.
Drivers traveling in the right lane are taught to change to the left lane if we see someone entering the road from the right. We are not expecting that person to immediately cross into the left lane at a low speed.
I am not sure what the solution is, but this one may have made it worse.