Eighteen months after we met with the Maryland State Highway Administration to discuss short-term improvements to MD 198, they installed a few of the improvements that they had promised, including:
Additional signage indicating reduced speeds through town
Flexible delineator posts on MD 198 to prevent left turns from the eastern entrance of the 7-Eleven/Bedding Barn property onto 198 westbound (see image below). The posts may also slightly discourage U-turns in front of the 7-Eleven.
These safety improvements were suggested at a workshop hosted by SHA in December 2017. At the workshop, SHA agreed to evaluate over a dozen potential short-term safety solutions recommended by the community.
Eight months after that workshop, SHA rejected or deferred nine of the community-recommended fixes but agreed to implement at least four, two of which are listed above.
The SHA also committed to the following two projects:
Install reflective raised pavement markers on the narrow two-lane segment MD 198 west of Burtonsville
Reconfigure the road to make it easier and safer to access the Spencerville Adventist Academy
At the moment we do not have a timeline for when that work will happen, but we will ask SHA to provide an update.