Administrator's Message: We're Making it Easier to Explore the Shore and Reach the Beach!
Is summer really upon us again? Time flies when you're having fun with a record number of construction projects. We have 506 active or advertised projects totaling approximately $3.7 billion. One particular area of focus for us has been the corridors to and on the Eastern Shore. We upgraded major roads, eliminated bottlenecks and rehabilitated bridges on key routes to shore destinations. We are following through on our promise and eliminating constant headaches for drivers who sit in never-ending daily congestion. We are keeping Maryland Open for Business.
US 50 Bridge across the Severn River – Four Eastbound Lanes
We opened the fourth lane to travelers April 30, a full month ahead of the planned Memorial Day target date.
MD 404 (Queen Anne's Highway/Shore Highway) from US 50 to Denton
Travelers now have four lanes on MD 404 between US 50 and the Town of Denton. The $158 million investment also makes the roadway safer as the opposite directions of traffic are divided by a median.
MD 331 Dover Bridge over the Choptank River
The new Dover Bridge eliminates the need for a draw span as it is high enough to accommodate marine traffic of nearly all sizes. The fixed span will prevent the miles of traffic which plague the citizens in this area. The $64.5 million bridge replacement project will be open next month!
New Overpass at US 301 and MD 304
An extremely important project to members of the community who tragically lost a 15-year-old boy at this intersection, the new interchange carries a two-lane MD 304 overpass above US 301, separating traffic and thus significantly improving safety. The project was completed in the fall of 2017.
US 50/US 13 (Salisbury Bypass) 11 Bridge Rehabilitation Project
The $23.8 million project to upgrade 11 bridge decks (driving surface) on the US 13/US 50 (Salisbury Bypass) was completed this month. That's right we built 11 bridges in two months.
MD 528 (Coastal Highway) between 26th and 62nd Streets Pedestrian Safety Enhancement
Last fall, we began a $7 million project to install a median pedestrian safety fence and lighting on Coastal Highway between 26th and 62nd streets. The fence will guide Ocean City visitors to marked crosswalks that have pedestrian signals, deterring dangerous jaywalking.
US 113 (Shore Highway) between Massey Branch and Five Mile Branch Road
To the delight of more than 13,000 summer travelers daily, MDOT SHA is adding the final touches to complete its $50.4 million project to widen 4.6 miles of US 113 between Massey Branch and Five Mile Branch Road. In December 2017, all US 113 traffic was moved onto a new alignment between Langmaid Road and Five Mile Branch Road just south of Newark. MDOT SHA announced the start of Phase 4 construction in November 2017.
All these projects together reinforce our dedication to the customer experience. We are taking years of feedback from our citizens and directing that at critical congestion-relief projects which will make our roads safer and improve quality of life for everyone. This summer will truly represent a different customer experience for those going to the Eastern Shore and those who live there and we have made the whole region better for the next generation of Marylanders.