Dear friends at the Whig, the reason for writing to you concerns the increased traffic as well the increased speeds at which the traffic moves on Route 213.
Living along Route 213 near the Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area has been an honor and a privilege. Over the years, changes have been positive and have increased the overall natural beauty of the area. Recently the increased traffic flow and speeds have caused much concern for the neighbors along this once lazy, beautiful, Cecil County rural road.
At places the speed limit signs read 30, 40, and 50 mph, but signage is hard to see and there are very few signs designating the speed limit along the entire route from Route 273 into the town of Elkton. Many drivers behave dangerously by not only going over the speed limit, but also passing at a double yellow line, around curves, or on the berm. Just turning into or pulling out of a residential driveway has become more difficult with the speeding traffic.
There are small established communities and driveways along this route, including schools, bus stops, daycares, churches, businesses, gas stations, cemeteries, bars, liquor stores, doctors’ offices, restaurants, volunteer fire companies and traffic circles. There are deer crossing signs to consider, overpasses at Interstate 95 and at railroads, horse trailer traffic, beach/bay travelers, and working farms. It is clear that the speeds encountered along this road are too fast for the established community and will continue to pose a danger as the Fair Hill horse racing facility increases in importance to the area.
Lowering the speed limit, keeping it consistent throughout the route, and clearly marking the route with interval signage is important. Note: The bridge construction on Route 273 has significantly increased vehicle traffic in this area. That would indicate further signage, speed reduction, and radar-enforced warnings are needed as "new" travelers seem unaware of how fast they are moving. Also expanding police presence along this route would currently benefit Cecil County from the fines levied due to speeding. Just sayin’…