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Left-turn signal lights to be installed at Route 424-450 0) intersection in Crofton

The days of the dicey left turn at the Route 424-450 intersection in Crofton are numbered. Come December, state highway crews are expected to begin putting up left-turn signal lights in hopes of curbing accidents there.

The move comes after the State Highway Administration studied the traffic at that intersection for a few weeks last month, and concluded that new left-turn signals at all four approaches would make it safer. Crofton Town Manager Jordan Harding said he asked the state to do the study because of the number of accidents.

Lawrence Elliott, assistant district engineer, said the pattern of accidents as much as the number pointed to the need for the signals. There were "several turning accidents" during the study, he said.

Mr. Elliott said highway workers will begin installing the new signals in early December and should complete the work by the end of the month. The intersection will remain open as the work goes on.

Also at Mr. Harding's request, the state is expected to begin work Monday on Route 3 between Route 175 and the Prince George's County line. Highway workers will be smoothing out ruts in the road surface of major intersections caused by wear from heavy trucks.

Mr. Harding said the ruts have been causing cars to skid when the road is wet.


* Severn: A woman reported to police that someone broke into her home in the 1800 block of Arwell Court Sunday and stole stereo equipment and other property. The property is valued at $2,050.

* Crofton: A man reported to police that someone smashed a pumpkin against his 1981 Volvo that was parked in the 2400 block of Vineyard Lane Monday.

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