Ok, these images have been sitting on my phone camera for some time now. I was irritated as I walked through the construction last month, but I guess not enough to do anything about it. At any rate, they've been mucking with the intersection at Hanover Parkway and Greenbelt Road.
Keep in mind that cars fly along Greenbelt Road. Here is a quick diagram of the intersection:
They're moving the crosswalk from a location that was pretty much parallel to Greenbelt Road to a point somewhere in the middle of the turning lane arc. The green represents the old crossing and the red represents the new one. I have a problem with this placement.
In Maryland, cars are supposed to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalks. They don't always do it, but most of them you can force to stop if they see you in the crosswalk far enough down the road. In the old placement, you could see a little bit down Greenbelt Road:
In the new placement, there's no hope:
Whether or not I can get a car to stop for the crosswalk, I can't get a good look at what cars are even coming. And now, the cars won't know I'm there. This turning curve isn't very tight, so people are slowing down only slightly to get around the corner. There really isn't any way I can see in which this new placement is safer.
So why did they do it?