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Maryland State Highway Administration Offers Free Maps


POCOMOKE CITY, Md. -Even in an age where there's a growing dependency on cell phones and GPS to get around, the Maryland State Highway Administration is still cranking out good old fashioned paper maps. 

Highway maps, bike maps and some wall maps are available free of charge at tourist information centers across the state. 

Drivers like John Bennett of Los Angeles say they prefer seeing their surroundings laid out before them on paper.

"I don't trust the internet or GPS. I was driving up 95 and it said to get off. I got of and got back on to 95 going South," said Bennett. "I had it plugged in for Boston."

Thursday morning, the Worcester County Tourism Office in Worcester County received a shipment of 3,000 highway maps. Supervisor Debbie Shay says that stack will last about four to six weeks. 

Each year, the Maryland State Highway Administration spends $193,000 to create, print and distribute these maps. Of those printed, 500,000 are highway maps, 50,000 are wall maps and about 25,000 are bike and truck maps. 

SHA spokesman Charlie Gischlar says they're trying to transition to a more "technology friendly" map system. They've made their map available online with a free PDF download

Motorcyclist Dannie Demoucelle understands why many people don't care for maps. 

"A lot of drivers prefer using GPS because it's a little bit easier and you don't have to worry about looking for your map, you normally have it in your hand or on your dashboard," said Demoucelle.

Maryland SHA also urges drivers to visit for real time traffic updates and to visit their homepage, which features information about all of the current construction projects going on in the state. 

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