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Safety Project to Block Jaywalkers Nears Groundbreaking in Ocean City

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Dune style fencing illustration for Ocean City pedestrian safety project. Dune style fencing illustration for Ocean City pedestrian safety project.

OCEAN CITY, Md.- Ocean City's pedestrian safety project is nearing the final design phase. Jaywalking in the Maryland resort town is an ongoing safety issue town and state officials want to deter.

The Maryland State Highway Administration held an informal meeting Tuesday night to get public feedback on the most recent design model. The dune style fencing will be placed along the median down Coastal Highway with the goal of guiding pedestrians to cross the street safely at designated crosswalks.

The first phase of the pedestrian safety project will be implemented along Coastal Highway from 41st Street and Convention Center Drive to MD 90.

Gary Dietz, who lives in Ocean City, said the midtown area is one of the most dangerous places he sees people jaywalking all the time.

"It's definitely a concern. It gets real dangerous at night, especially when the bars let open from 10 p.m. to 2a.m. You see people stumbling in the road all the time; they don't look, they don't use the crosswalk," Dietz said.

Dietz said he has some concern about the design of the fencing and whether it would be built high enough to deter people from climbing over it.

Bob Rager, with the State Highway Administration, said while specific height information is not definitive at this time, this is the kind of feedback the SHA is hoping to get from the public before making final approval on the design.

Rager said in addition to the barrier fencing, better lighting will be added to the project area to increase pedestrian visibility.

Maytal Hazan owns a business in midtown and hopes the barrier will stop people from taking dangerous chances crossing the busy highway. outside of crosswalks.

"I think it would be a very good idea to prevent anything bad from happening to people that come to visit," Hazan said.

Rager said construction on the project will begin January 2017 and be completed by Memorial Day that same year. The cost of the project is estimated to be between $5 million to $8 million. 

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