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Route 404 Widening Project Kicks off in Queen Anne's County

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Aerial view of Route 404 (Photo: WBOC Chopper 16) Aerial view of Route 404 (Photo: WBOC Chopper 16)

QUEEN ANNE, Md.– A new phase to widen Route 404 is officially under way. Project officials broke ground on the latest phase Wednesday, a 1.5-mile-long stretch in Queen Anne's County.

While in some sections Route 404 is four lanes separated by a grassy median, more often than not it bottlenecks to two lanes.

Locals like Marie Freeman are glad to see the widening project finally getting some traction. She has been pushing for it for 14 years since her 10-month-old daughter Brianna was killed in an accident on the road.

“We've been involved with that group ever since, inch by inch, dollar by dollar, mile by mile to get the project through.”

She’s not the only one who has experienced a loss here. There are 93 names on bricks at the Route 404 Memorial Garden in Denton, one brick for each life lost on the highway.

The plan now is to widen another phase of Route 404 for $39 million to cut down on accidents using land purchased decades ago for this very project.

“We know that if you dualize it, you will cut down on those. And we also don't want to forget the families who have lost loved ones on this road,” said Wilson Parran with the Maryland Department of Transportation.

As for the Delaware portion of Route 404, officials with the Delaware Department of Transportation said it does not have any widening projects planned, although they are looking to improve the intersection where 404 meets Route 113.

As for Freeman, she is just glad to be standing at the groundbreaking after 14 years of work.

“We actually thought it was going to take 10 years, and 10 years has come and gone so now my goal is before my son Ryan starts driving,” Freeman said. “So if we can see significant improvement in the next couple of years, before he's behind the wheel, I would be very very happy.”

Wednesday’s groundbreaking also came with the news that her wish might just come true. State lawmakers also announced an additional $5 million toward the design of two other phases of the road, as well as $5 million to provide safety enhancements between Route 50 and Denton along Route 404.

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