Route 13 Danger Spots Located in New Study

istock_000000496419_extrasmallA new report highlighting the most dangerous spots along Route 13 on the Eastern Shore has been released by the Virginia Department of Transportation. The study, which includes 25 hot spots of concern, focuses on the area between the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and the Maryland state line. VDOT decided to update an earlier safety study done of this area following several recent crashes.

The report found that there was an increase of 80 accidents in the time frame during the study period when compared with the original study. Overall, however, crash rates are down when the increased volume of traffic is factored in. The crash rates in several hot spots did increase, though.

One such spot is the intersection north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. Locals say they’re concerned about vehicles making left turns off of Rt. 13 into Sunset Beach Resort. Many times, these cars will be towing camper trailers to the resort, which opens up this summer and can accommodate 300 recreational vehicles.

Recommendations for improvements are also included in the study. One such recommendation is the installation of safety wedges along the side of the road. These triangular shaped wedges help drivers get back on the road quickly after they drift off. Officials say they could be easily added during future paving cycles.

The safety report has not yet been finalized.

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