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Speed Cameras Coming to Pocomoke River Bridge Project

POCOMOKE, Md. - Work zone speed cameras are coming to an ongoing bridge improvement project in Pocomoke after a rise in accidents near the construction site.

The Worcester County Sheriff's Department says Maryland State Police and the State Highway Administration will begin using the "Maryland SafeZones Automated Speed Enforcement System" on the northbound US 13 bridge over the Pocomoke River at the Worcester-Somerset County line.    

The Maryland State Highway Administration has been using the cameras to control speed in construction zones since 2010, but this is the first time they will be used on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

"Unfortunately in the short time this project has been active, we've seen a number of rear-end crashes, indicating speeding and inattentive driving behaviors in the US 13 work zone. SafeZones is a tool proven to lower speeds and influence safer driving in work zones, where there is little or no margin for error," said District Engineer Donnie Drewer.

The cameras will begin functioning on Tuesday, August 19.  The sheriff's department says a 21-day warning period will follow, and Maryland State Police will authorize citations starting Tuesday, September 9.

The speed limit in the work zone is posted at 45 mph. Drivers going over the speed limit by 12 mph or more, or 57 mph or more, will face a $40 civil citation.

The Worcester County Sheriff's Office says the $14.4 million project on US 13 is part of SHA's bridge preservation and replacement program. During construction, lanes are reduced from two to one lane in each direction to manage traffic flow. Estimated completion of the project is late fall 2015, weather permitting.

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