From Staff Reports
VALE SUMMIT — New solar-powered stop signs will be installed at the intersection of state Routes 55 and 36 to improve safety there following a fatal collision that occurred in August, according to the State Highway Administration.
District Engineer Anthony Crawford recently notified Delegate Kevin Kelly of the improvements to be made as a follow-up to a meeting held at the intersection with Kelly and public school representatives. The school officials were concerned about heavy fog in the area where 15 school buses travel daily.
“New, oversized, experimental flashing LED stop signs will be installed on both Vale Summit Road and Cabin Run Road,” Crawford wrote in his letter to Kelly. “Studies have shown these solar-powered signs to be effective at improving stop sign compliance.”
Signs that caution motorists approaching the intersection also will be upgraded for better reflectivity at night. The stop-ahead sign on Vale Summit Road will be relocated to coincide with the first set of rumble strips leading to the intersection, and a new sign will be installed on Cabin Run Road. The signage on Route 36 will identify the roads at the intersection to highlight the area even further.
Area residents had requested a traffic signal to improve safety at the heavily traveled intersection, but SHA Administrator Melinda Peters had written to Kelly in September saying that other options were being considered.
Following the on-site meeting, Kelly said that he was happy with SHA’s response and their effort to address the concerns.
According to Crawford’s recent letter, there were 14 police-reported accidents recorded at the intersection between January 2001 and June 2012. “Despite the public perception, this intersection experiences a relatively low accident rate,” Crawford said.
No accidents were recorded during 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2011. “While we would like to see zero accidents on our roads, this is a good record,” Crawford said.
SHA plans to continue to monitor the intersection for safety and to regularly trim brush to ensure good visibility.