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Salisbury Accepts Money from SHA for Route 50 Improvements



SALISBURY, Md.-The City of Salisbury wants to make a section of Route 50 more safe.

Leaders want to protect pedestrians and bike riders in the area near Beaglin Park Drive.     

Sisters Ina Fuller and Bernadette Pilgrim said that they cross that particular section of Beaglin Park drive and Route 50 just about everyday or at least they try to. 

"Oh it's a hassle," said Pilgrim, "The cars get so close to us and they rev their gas, they hoot and holler."

The sisters said the intersection is so dangerous that even local police have warned them to use a crosswalk. 

"There's no way to cross, we've almost been hit several times," said Fuller.

The city said it's finally coming around to doing something about the somewhat unsafe area. The Maryland State Highway Administration is giving $225,000 to the city as part of a $450,000 improvement project.

"We are also seeking another $90,000 for electronic crossing devices at Route 50 and Beaglin Park Drive," said Amanda Pollack, the Deputy Director of the city's public works department, "and that would be a signalized crossing for the bikers and pedestrians in that location."

It's an improvement that Roy Davis said would be worth his tax dollars going towards saving people's lives. 

"Most of the times when the kids are coming across on their bikes riding back and forth to school it's kind of difficult for them because people don't really yield for them too much," said Davis who has been living on Beaglin Park Drive for more than 30 years.

Meanwhile, for the two sisters a permanent change on the way meat less worries about their safety.

"I'm glad to have the government come up with some agreement to some kind of a crossroad out here," Pilgrim said

"Oh yeah I think it's worth it," Fuller said, "I think it's worth it than being hit by a car."

The city said it expects to begin construction at the intersection next spring. 


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