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SHA Breaks Ground on Overpass at 301 & 304 Intersection 3 Years After Fatal Accident

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CENTREVILLE, Md.- It's considered by many in Queen Anne's county to be one of the most dangerous intersections on the Eastern Shore.  Tuesday a groundbreaking was held at the intersection of routes 301 and 304 for a new overpass, three years after a fatal accident took the life of fourteen year old Connor Rice.

Each shovel at Tuesday's groundbreaking came with an orange ribbon attached, in remembrance of Connor Rice, who was killed in an accident at the 301-304 intersection three years ago. 

Jennifer Fitzmaurice is one of the three women who founded SO4S, Support Overpass 4 Students.  She says Connor's death was the event that galvanized the community's resolve to fix the longstanding issue.

"Over ten years we lost at least one life every year.  With trucks, the mix of traffic, the commuters, the school busses, it's a main route to all of the schools," said Fitzmaurice.

The loss of a teenager led to several fellow students getting involved in the cause, like Lindsey Rekstis.

"Losing one person effects a great amount of things.  Being able to see that prevented and see the community get what they deserve is an unbelievable feeling," Rekstis told WBOC.

And while there is a level of excitement to see the project get underway, there's also something bittersweet about the groundbreaking to these women.

"We can't bring back the people who were lost, we can't change their family dynamics and make that better so we did what we could do as mad mothers basically," said Niki Pino.

"It gives me peace knowing that there will be an overpass there.  That my son won't be driving to school through that intersection," said Barbara Burkhardt.

The overpass is expected to be finished in 3 years at a cost of $49 million, ensuring everyone's children will soon be given a much safer trip to school.

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