Review of Intersection Shows Low Traffic Volumes and Minimal Delay;  Traffic Signal has Been Placed on All-Red Flash for Two Month Evaluation

(August 22, 2016) – Traffic at the intersection of Sixth Street (MD 619) and Franklin Street (eastbound MD 404 Business) in Denton had decreased dramatically over the past several years, reducing the need for a traffic signal.

About a week ago, engineers placed the traffic signal on all-red flash for all three approaches to the intersection (Franklin Street is one-way so there is only one approach to the signal).  Engineers will evaluate the new intersection traffic control for approximately six weeks.  After the six-week evaluation, engineers will determine whether to remove the signal or restore it to full color.   SHA also reduced Franklin Street from two lanes to one between Fifth Street and the intersection.

“SHA traffic engineers concluded that the traffic signal at Sixth Street and Franklin Street may no longer be necessary and the intersection can function safely using traditional stop signs,” said SHA District 2 Engineer Greg Holsey.  “We will monitor the changes closely with town of Denton engineers and officials and make a collaborative decision in late September.”

SHA routinely examines intersections for efficiency and occasionally removes traffic signals in response to traffic volume or pattern changes.  Removal of the Sixth Street signal would reduce SHA’s operating and maintenance costs and increase intersection efficiency by allowing motorists to proceed safely after stopping at stop signs instead of waiting for a green light.  This intersection was originally signalized in the 1970s when Franklin Street was part of MD 404.  Construction of the MD 404 Denton Bypass in the 1980s shifted traffic away from the downtown area.

While SHA and its transportation partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers.  Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands.

A complete listing of current roadway projects is included in e-Road Ready 2016, the online brochure. Maryland drivers can also know before they go by calling 511 or visiting for live traffic updates, including construction delays and lane closures.