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Ocean City to Build Barrier to Deter Jaywalkers

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Ocean City fence barrier project (Photo: Town of Ocean City) Ocean City fence barrier project (Photo: Town of Ocean City)

OCEAN CITY, Md.- The Ocean City Mayor and Council has approved the final design for a median barrier to be installed along Coastal Highway. The purpose is to improve pedestrian safety and to deter jaywalking along Coastal Highway. 

The first phase of the project will begin in the Midtown area from 41st Street up to 62nd Street. Midtown was selected for the first phase of the project, because of the high number of pedestrians struck by automobiles in this area.

Ocean City Councilman, Dennis Dare said that over the past 20 years the mayor and council have been trying to find a solution to its jaywalking problems. Dare said they've finally found a good plan. 

"The State Highway [Administration] recently did a study on what exactly they could do physically to prevent pedestrians from jaywalking and they came up with two things. One is enhanced lighting and the second is a median fence to block jaywalkers from crossing in the middle of the street," Dare said.

Christopher Gabby lives and works in Ocean City and said the new fence will be good for safety. 

"I don think it will be helpful. Every year people are hit by cars running across the street trying to get to anywhere they're trying to get to. The beach, their hotel; it will get people to use the crosswalk I'm sure," Gabby said. 

According to a  statement released by the Town of Ocean City, the approved fence design includes vertical slats spaced at intervals which are louvered like window blinds at 45-degrees to allow motorists to see across both sides of the highway.

Town officials said this project is a continuation of their pedestrian safety initiatives campaign and the median fence will be in place by the summer of 2017. 

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