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State Announces Route 404 Dualization Project Completion Date

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DENTON, Md.-  In the town of Denton, almost everyone knows someone who has been in an accident, or who has been killed on Route 404.  The Maryland State Highway Administration now has a timeline when work to add a second lane in both directions of Route 404 between Denton and Route 50 will be complete: Thanksgiving of 2017.

It's a busy road, even busier in the summer, with vacationers going to and from the Delaware beaches.  In between those drivers are locals, trying to go about their daily lives, without winding up in one of the numerous deadly accidents that has made the road infamous.

"It's just a dangerous road.  A very dangerous road to travel.  Lot of accidents.  And it's concerning for me because my parents live out here and they probably drive on it every day," said Holly Forloines of Centreville.

"It's always bottlenecked.  A lot of accidents, and something should be done about it sooner rather than later," said Brian Tyler, owner of the Market Street Public House in Denton.

Fortunately, something is being done about it.  Maryland says the 11-mile stretch between Denton and Route 50 will be dualized, with construction completed by late fall of 2017.  Denton officials say the finished stretch of road can't come soon enough.

"It's our young people too.  We've had a lot of high schoolers who have been fatalities on that highway.  And just three months ago there was another accident with a tractor-trailer and a car where a local Delmar man was killed.  It's very important, the safety side of it," said Donald Mulrine Jr., town administrator for Denton.

"I think it's going to leave a legacy for the governor to enjoy, for all he's done for Caroline County and the surrounding area.  And I think it's going to be nothing but good for the local economy," Tyler said.

"Hopefully it will happen, sooner rather than later, for everyone's safety," Forloines said.

With that stretch of road on its way to being dualized, locals hope the next segment, from Denton to the state line, will soon be addressed.

The state says construction on the full 11-mile stretch is expected to begin in the fall of 2016, and it's expected to cost more than $170 million. Locals say it's a price worth paying.

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