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Road Improvements Alter Traffic Pattern in Ocean City

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 OCEAN CITY, Md.- The Maryland State Highway Administration and its contractor will be busy making road and pedestrian safety improvements to one section on Baltimore Avenue over the next couple of weeks.

Orange traffic cones were put in place Wednesday around 6 a.m. to create a single-lane closure between ninth and 15th streets. Crews with the SHA and contractor, American Infrastructure of Fallston, will mill (remove the top layer of asphalt), resurface and restripe the area.

Gary Johnson manages a hotel in the resort town. He is adjusting to the new traffic pattern. 

"I don't know if this is the best time to do it, since we've got Springfest around the corner, but it has to get done," Johnson said. "If it's something for safety, I have no problem with it."

According to the Ocean City Police Department, 33 pedestrian-involved accidents happened last year. In 2013, there were 26 accidents. In 2012, statistics show 44 collisions, including 2 fatalities.

In early March, crews installed "bump-outs," which are areas that extend into the road or median and "calm" or slow down motorists. Additionally, the bump-out provides a shorter distance for pedestrians to cross.

Jack Welsh travels a lot on foot and is happy to see the $165,000 project in motion.

"I think it's meritorious that they're getting out there, making it good for all the visitors," Welsh said.

Motorists will encounter single-lane closures from 6 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.on Monday through Thursday. Construction will end around 3 p.m.on Fridays. No work is permitted on Saturdays or Sundays.

The project will be complete in mid-May.
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