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More Safety Improvements Eyed for Parts of US 113 in Berlin

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BERLIN, Md.- Town residents recently celebrated the installation of a new crosswalk at a busy intersection in Berlin. Town officials say it is the start of more safety improvements yet to come.

The Maryland State Highway Administration recently installed the crosswalk at the intersection of Bay Street and US 113. Residents rallied for the town to add the crosswalk after two brothers, Tymier Dennis and Tyheim Bowen, were struck by a Maryland State Police cruiser in November 2013. Dennis, who was 16 at the time, died as a result of his injuries.

A black and yellow ribbon is tied to a pole near the intersection in memory of his life. 

Jen Smith of Berlin remembers the day Dennis was killed.

"It's heartbreaking, it's tragic, it's the worst thing that could happen to anyone," Smith said.

Smith said she is happy a group of residents pushed for the crosswalk that may save the lives of others. She said it is a busy roadway and people travel fast.

"I think you have a combination of local traffic and through-traffic, so that may be one reason that it's so dangerous," Smith said.

Berlin Mayor Gee Williams said other improvements to the area have been made since the accident, including lowering the speed limit from 50 mph to 45 mph. 

Additionally, Williams said more measures will be put in place in the future to improve pedestrian safety at US 113 in Berlin and Old Ocean City Boulevard (MD 346).  The second intersection eyed for improvements is S. Main St./Germantown Road (MD 818) and US 113.

No timeline has been set for change, but Williams said new measures will be put in place as soon as funding becomes available. 
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