An intersection known as one of the most confusing in Montgomery County is getting safety upgrades after one woman’s wrong-way drive.
Late on November 28, Liz Iskow was driving south on Rockville Pike where it meets Viers Mill Road when she was stopped by two police cruisers. She had ended up on the wrong side of the divided highway.
“I ended up driving straight into oncoming traffic,” said Iskow, who was quickly pulled over by two police cruisers. “That could have been anybody else.”
Drivers who frequent the Rockville area know how a small error could yield big issues. The intersection doglegs in a way Iskow insists is unclear and unsafe.
“It has to be more obvious,” she said. “I need it to scream at people that you’re going the wrong way over here.”
So Iskow created this petition. Now almost 500 signatures later, the Maryland State Highway Administration has agreed to install new sights. It also plans to paint new lane markers on the pavement. Officials vowed to start fixing the intersection in the next two months.
“If I can save one life by having these measures implemented, I’ll feel very grateful,” she said.
Iskow is hoping for even more signs, specifically extra “wrong way” signs in the center lanes.