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New Full Signal Will Operate During Peak Travel Times; Improves Safety And Traffic Flow along MD 65 (South Potomac Street) at South Hagerstown High School          
(August 9, 2007) Ė As part of Maryland State Highway Administrationís commitment to enhance safety and traffic flow, particularly in school zones, District Engineer Robert Fisher today joined Senator Donald Munson and other community members to activate a new full signal along MD 65 at the South Hagerstown High School entrance and 4th Street. State Delegates Donohue and McKee were also invited, along with representatives from Hagerstown Police Department, school officials and other community members.          
This new signal replaces the existing intersection control beacon (flashing yellow lights.) The intersection will be controlled by a full signal during peak travel times, such as school arrival and dismissal, and as needed during periods of dense traffic.           
The new signal will activate automatically when needed. During non-peak travel times, the signal will flash yellow for traffic along MD 65, and flash red for traffic at the school entrance and 4th Street.          
This project will improve safety and enhance traffic flow along MD 65 at South Hagerstown High School, particularly improving access to and from South Hagerstown High School during peak travel times. More than 20,000 vehicles travel along MD 65 near South Hagerstown High School daily.          
The project began in mid-June, and was completed today with the signalís activation. Modifications will continue to be made as needed.          
Maryland State Highway Administration reminds motorists to stay alert for pedestrians, particularly in school zones as the new school year approaches. Motorists should follow the speed limit, stay alert and always stop for pedestrians at crosswalks as Maryland law requires. Pedestrians should always make sure that the roadway is clear before crossing, look left, right, left, and use crosswalks.          
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