BERLIN, Md.- Honoring a lifetime of service to country and state, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Monday announced a 14-mile section of US 113 between Berlin and Snow Hill in Worcester County is being dedicated to the late Delegate K. Bennett Bozman.
Serving Worcester and Wicomico counties in the Maryland House of Delegates from 1991 until his death in 2006, Bozman advocated for the widening of US 113 in Worcester County to a four-lane divided highway. Also announced Monday was $49 million in new construction funding to widen US 113 to a four-lane divided highway from north of Five Mile Branch Road to south of Massey Branch, a distance of 3.75 miles.
“As a delegate and firefighter for the Berlin Fire Company, Bennett fought to make US 113 safer for the families he proudly served,” O’Malley said. “He was a true gentleman who, through kindness and cooperation, was known for his effort to make our roadways safer and our waterways cleaner. Providing the funding to make this roadway safer and dedicating a section of US 113 in Bennett’s honor is a fitting tribute to a man who always put the needs of his constituents first.”
The governor's office noted that widening US 113 to a four-lane divided highway has been a major focus for local officials, residents and highway safety advocates on the Lower Eastern Shore for many years. US 113 is a 38-mile, north-south roadway extending through Worcester County from just north of the Virginia State Line to the Delaware State Line. While a majority of the roadway has been widened to a four-lane divided highway, a nine-mile portion remains a two-lane undivided road. Thanks to the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013, the governor's office added $10.7 million last summer for right-of-way acquisition for this widening project.
During a dedication ceremony held Monday with family, friends and local officials, Maryland Transportation Secretary James T. Smith Jr. praised Bozman for his years of public service and untiring efforts to improve safety along US 113.
“Bennett’s compassion for others and passion for highway safety make today’s dedication and funding announcement bittersweet,” said Transportation Secretary Smith. “His legacy of service will live on, as will his efforts to enhance the safety of motorists who drive along US 113.”
“My family is honored to have Bennett recognized this way,” said Mrs. Betty Ann Bozman. “He was such a caring person and I know that he is pleased to not only have this honor, but also that the project is moving forward – a dream coming true.”
The project will be advertised this spring as a design/build project to speed up the start of construction, which is expected to begin early next year. US 113 carries between 7,000 vehicles per day, peaking to more than 12,000 vehicles per day in the summer months.
Wednesday, August 27 2014 9:00 PM EDT2014-08-28 01:00:51 GMT
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