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Queen Anne's Overpass Project Funded

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CENTREVILLE, Md.- The statistics speak for themselves. The intersection of Routes 301 and 304 in Queen Anne's County has averaged one serious injury each month and caused at least one death each year up to 2011.

Now, $54 million in state funds have just been set aside for an overpass project to make that intersection safer for drivers.

"Once it's there, it will be a permanent solution to a problem for motorists passing through and local motorists now probably going on now for 15 years," said Maryland State Highway Administration spokesman Gee Williams.

The plan is to build an overpass and despite its high price tag, Donald Brothers said it is necessary.

"Three, maybe four people, have been killed at that intersection in maybe just the past two years," Brothers said. "I think it's needed. I think they ought to spend that amount of money."

But some Centreville residents are balking at the cost.

"I agree that it does demand a solution, but $50-plus million, I don't know if it deserves that kind of attention," said Kathy Smith.

Smith said stretching the money out across the county would address more than just one problem.

"That's a lot of money and it could be better spent here on other roads here in all of the county," Smith said.

Safety precautions are on the way, but be patient. Construction will not start until the fall of 2014.

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