Substandard and Dangerous State Roads
There are five major State roadways in the 7th District. Route 234 is the northern most boundary of the 7th District running 4.3 miles from Chaptico to Clements, it is adequate as it has acceptable shoulders, and has a top speed limit of 55MPH. Route 242 Coltons Point Rd. runs 8.8 miles from Clements to Coltons Point, has acceptable shoulders from Clements to Route 238 in Bushwood, and the speed limit ranges up to 50MPH where it has shoulders to 40MPH where it has no shoulders. From Route 238, Coltons Point Rd. to Coltons Point runs 5.3 miles of substandard road with no shoulders with a 40MPH speed limit. Route 238 Maddox Rd. runs 7.1 miles from Chaptico to Bushwood and is marginally acceptable as it has shoulders, although not full size, and has a top speed limit of 50MPH. Route 470 Oakley Rd. runs 3.8 miles from one point off of Coltons Point Rd. to where it meets up with that road again farther towards Coltons Point, is substandard with no shoulders, and with a top speed limit of 50MPH. A fifth road is Route 512 Bushwood Wharf Rd. that runs 1.6 miles from Coltons Point Rd. to Bushwood Wharf, is substandard with no shoulders, and has a top speed limit of 50MPH. All roads with a speed limit of 40MPH and above should have shoulders that meet accepted standards, and for 50MPH roads, shoulders are a must.
Thus, the 7th District has 10.7 miles of substandard, hazardous, and even dangerous State roads with no shoulders and speed limits between 40MPH and 50MPH. With no shoulders it is easy even under the best light, weather, and road conditions to edge on to a no shoulder and run into a deep ditch with no escape as these roadways are notorious for their deep ditch gullies that even contain telephone poles. One evening during a rainstorm I ran off the road into a deep gully at a curve on Coltons Point Rd. near Holy Angels Church. Tug & Pull (T&P) got me out the next day. I asked T&P if it often pulls cars out of these ditches and it said that is a noted part of its business. A lady friend of ours went off of Oakley Rd. into a ditch and hit a telephone pole destroying her car and sending her to the hospital with life threating injuries from which thankfully she recovered.
Attached is a petition for you to fill out and email to me at email@example.com or mail to me at 37145 Gibson Rd., Bushwood, MD 20618 imploring the State to upgrade these roads to a safe driving condition with shoulders. I shall send them on to the proper State officials. Additionally, please call or contact our State governor and elected officials to initiate action. As Matt Morgan and Jack Bailey are Republicans, they are in well positioned to influence our Republican Governor to act to safeguard us upgrading our 7th District roads.
And while the State is upgrading and safeguarding all our State roads with actual shoulders, why not improve them with designated bike/jogging lanes at least on one side of the roads to attract visitors to the 7th District and County that would help our local economy. We do get bikers and runners from time-to-time on these dangerous roads, heaven help them, and we could have more tourists venturing all the way to the Coltons Point Museum as a scenic byway tourist attraction.
The Honorable Matt Morgan, Delegate, State of Maryland, House of Delegates, 6 Blandon St., Office 310, Annapolis, MD 21401
PO Box 135, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622 1-800-492-7122 Matt.Morgan@house.state.md.us
The Honorable Jack Bailey, Senator, 402 James Senate Office Building, 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
410-841-3673 | 301-858-3673 | Toll-free in MD: 1-800-492-7122 ext. 3673 Fax: 410-841-3395 | 301-858-3395 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Honorable Larry Hogan, Governor, State of Maryland, 100 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401
410-974-3901 & 1-800-811-8336