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This letter was written in response to “Improvements are needed at hazardous traffic light,” which was published in the Jan. 16 edition of The Calvert Recorder.

First, it is important to know that Route 4 is a state road controlled by the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) and not by the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners. Therefore, I am forwarding your letter to Mr. Lee Starkloff, who is the District 5 engineer for SHA, for his response.

I have already communicated with Mr. Starkloff about the Ponds Wood Road light with regard to the lack of visibility on northbound Route 4 due to the curve until a driver should already have been braking. It is my impression that SHA moved the warning sign for the light to prior to the curve.

Your comments are all well taken, including the need for the light due to numerous accidents at that intersection before the light.

I have found over the years, however, that Mr. Starkloff and the other experts at SHA take traffic safety very seriously and will do the best they can to make the intersection as safe as possible.

I will also request that Sheriff Mike Evans (R) and Lt. Randy Stephens, commander of the Maryland State Police Prince Frederick barrack, consider additional enforcement action at the Ponds Wood Road intersection, if they are not already doing so, due to the serious injuries to Special Deputy Allen in the collision you described.



Susan Shaw, Huntingtown

The writer is a Calvert County commissioner.