SHA Responds to Elkridge-Casino Sign Questions

"It makes sense," said David Buck, spokesman for State Highway Administration.

A new southbound I-95 sign placed prior to Route 100 that juxtaposes "Elkridge" and "Maryland Live Casino" has been attracting attention among .

Some bemoaned the listing of a private business on a State Highway Administration sign.

"The state should not be advertising private businesses on highway signs," one user wrote. "If the casino gets the state to make them a sign, then I say should get equal treatment."

Another user added, "Cindy's is Elkridge...the casino is not."

Some said the sign should identify the casino as being in Hanover, where it is located, in Anne Arundel County.

David Buck, the State Highway Administration's spokesman, told Patch that the current signage "makes sense," and here's why.

Q: Why does “Maryland Live! Casino” share a sign with “Elkridge”?

A: The goal of any sign is to provide clear information to motorists. The sign on I-95 provides the specific exit (43A) to use off of I-95 south to get to both Elkridge and the Since motorists access Elkridge off of US 1, which is the first exit east of I-95, it makes sense to include both Elkridge and Maryland Live! casino as logical locations heading east onto MD 100 from I-95 S.

Q: Aren’t green signs normally reserved for locations, not businesses?

A: The green sign color is used since Maryland Live! casino is a destination. Similar signs are in place for FedEx Field off of I-95 in Landover and the Perryville Casino off of I-95 in Cecil County. Blue signs are used for specific services (gas, restaurants). 

Q: Did the casino have to meet certain criteria to get on the green sign?

A: Maryland Live! is considered a major traffic generator, with a large proportion of traffic potentially from out of town. There is no “application”; it is standard to provide clear signing on the roads (i.e., MD 295, MD 100, MD 713–Ridge Road, I-95) to direct traffic to specific destinations. There were 10 new signs added on the roads mentioned...to direct motorists to the new Maryland Live! casino, a major traffic generator that sits immediately off of two SHA maintained roads, MD 100 and MD 295.

Q: Have you heard from motorists that there has been confusion about the sign?

A: No. We did receive one call from a citizen that was upset about their perception that Elkridge was associated with the casino.

Q: Who should citizens contact to discuss the sign further?

A: If anyone would like to contact SHA, they can do so by logging onto www.roads.maryland.gov then clicking on the "Contact Us" button on the left and filling out a simple non-emergency customer request form.

Dean Smith June 29, 2012 at 01:48 AM
It bothers me because I feel there should not be any Maryland Live Casino signs anywhere!! I worked to stop Cordish for locating the casino at the mall and during the process, I could see he was getting preferential treatment from Anne Arundel County and other local officials as well as other in the business community. Don't get me wrong, I'm not looking at all state signs on the highways and getting mad at some of them. I'm just stating that if Cordish can get state signs placed on highways, why not large businesses like Arundel Mills Mall which has proven to be a popular destination? What criteria is used to determine if a location is a destination?
Jack June 29, 2012 at 03:49 AM
What a bunch of whiners on this site. Boo hoo, theres a sign for the casino, no one going to the casino gives a damn about Elkridge being listed on the sign. I think more people need to worry about their own miniscule lives rather then dwell on a single sign that directs how to get somewhere. Grow up, and deal with it or move, because honestly anyone that spends time complaining about a sign has no life.
Russ DIaz August 19, 2012 at 07:43 AM
Jack, they are still sore about losing the referendum (Question A) in 2010. I, for one, worked HARD to get the site passed, and I am now reaping the rewards! I love the place, and can't wait to go back again! See you there?
Dean Smith September 06, 2012 at 10:59 AM
I’ll be honest, I am upset that Question A was passed since the casino is smack in the middle of my neighborhood. Now, it is hard for us to even get out of my neighborhoods. I hope that Maryland Live go out of business. In terms of the sign (which now has been changed), I can understand some people stating that it shouldn’t be no big deal. However, I look at it different because it states to me that the state puts more emphasis on casinos than other businesses.
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