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Phase 3 Under Way in Route 113 Widening Project

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NEWARK, Md.- Crews are making progress on the Route 113 widening project in Worcester County as phase three is under way. 

The trees are coming down along Worcester Highway, or Route 113, near the intersection of Langmaid Road in Newark. Those are signs that crews, working for the Maryland State Highway Administration, are making progress. The goal is to expand the dangerous two-lane highway into a divided four-lane road. 

Phyllis Schultz has lived in Snow Hill for 40 years. She said she tries to avoid areas that have not been widened yet because she is terrified.

"It's a very scary road," Schultz said. "I travel it as little as I can because it is too much traffic on it and too many people passing."

Worcester Highway's expansion has been top priority for state and local leaders. People who live in the area pushed for change as well because of safety and traffic concerns. 

The project started in the early 2000s between Market Street and MD 365, which opened to traffic in 2006.Construction cost $18.9 million. 

Phase two involved construction between Hayes Landing Road to north of Goody Hill Road. That portion of the 38-mile highway was completed in October 2009. The cost was $19.7 million. 

Phase three is underway now between north of Five Mile Branch Road to South of Massey Branch Road. The state funded $62.7 million dollars for the phase that will not be finished until spring of 2017. 

Phase four involves work between Five Mile Branch Road to north of Public Landing Road. The four lanes will have a median and shoulders wide enough to accommodate bicycles. Construction will cost $65 million. A bid will be advertised in spring of 2016.

While some people say the project is taking too long to finish, others like Jennifer Scot tell WBOC the timeline is necessary.

"They only have so much time to get it done," Scott said. "They have to do it right, so there is that long stretch."

Scott said she believes the outcome will be worth it, since travel is already easier on parts of Worcester Highway that have four lanes.

 "It's nice, the traffic moves smoothly," Scott said.

Phase four construction is expected to start in spring 2017. 
   

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