Town Of La Plata To Install Four-Way Stop

LA PLATA, Md. – Following a recent traffic safety study, the Town of La Plata plans to install a four-way stop at the intersection of St. Mary’s Avenue and Glen Albin Road.

Work is expected to begin on Thursday, August 25, 2022, and conclude in approximately one day (weather permitting).

The Town contracted Mead & Hunt, Inc. to review two intersections along St. Mary’s Avenue (at Centennial Street and at Glen Albin Road) to determine if new or modified safety measures are necessary to alleviate concerns raised by citizens in the area.

Open-source crash data, speed data collected by the Town, field observations and professional engineering judgement were used to evaluate the intersections and arrived at the recommendation to install an all-way stop, as well as “stop ahead” signs along both approaches of St. Mary’s Avenue.

“The safety of our residents is our top priority. Thanks to concerned citizens, we were able to analyze traffic conditions and identify a minimally invasive solution that properly addresses current conditions and hazards.

Upon installation, we will continue to monitor traffic conditions and make necessary adjustments if needed.” stated Mayor Jeannine James.

The recommendations are based on the sight line obstructions – especially true for the eastbound approach along Glen Albin Road – where motorists pull past the stop line to get a better view of traffic, and all crashes at the intersection being angle crashes, or because motorists were attempting to avoid an angle type of crash.

Based on Mead & Hunt’s field observations, and speed and crash analysis, it was determined that it would be impractical to remove the sight obstructions including embankments and trees, and therefore an all-way stop is the most optimal improvement.

For more information and project updates, visit www.townoflaplata.org and follow Town of La Plata on Facebook.

For questions, residents should contact Colleen Wilson at CWilson@townoflaplata.org.

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3 Comments

  1. Just a guess that when we call town of la plata, the # still has to show- up on caller id for the call to go through. [the call didn’t go through, the call didn’t go through, the call didn’t go through] could i use your phone?

  2. we all like getting traffic tickets for running red lights, or running stop signs? please keep in mind that without a red light\ stop sign to run, there won’t be a ticket ….. for running 1. hmmm is there an appeal to this? did you get a ticket because you ran a red light, or did you get a ticket because there was a red light to run?

  3. There needs to be an actual Stop Light, NOT signs, at the intersection of Kent Avenue and Oak Avenue. Vehicles/ Pedestriens can barely cross-over and/or turn onto Charles St or Oak Ave without risking their lives, especially between lunch hours, 4-6pm, and on Fridays!

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