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SHA Begins Work on Bike and Pedestrian Path in West Ocean City

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WEST OCEAN CITY, Md.- The Maryland State Highway Administration on Tuesday broke ground on a new bike and pedestrian path along Route 50 in West Ocean City.

The shared-use path will run along eastbound US 50 (Ocean Gateway) from MD 611 (Stephen Decatur Highway) to the bridge over Sinepuxent Bay (Harry W. Kelley Memorial Bridge). 

Work includes construction of a 10-foot wide, ADA-compliant path, new crosswalks throughout the corridor, new audible/countdown pedestrian signals and lighting.

"Cars are bumper to bumper. Bikes are riding right to the cars. Giving some room between the cars and bikes would be an awesome idea," said Bob Banach of Ocean City.

Seasonal employees are also looking forward to using the path.

"It's really difficult because we don't have the lights. And it's dangerous for us," said Ecarlen Mertez, who is from the Dominican Republic.

Completion is expected by the fall. Motorists should be alert for occasional shoulder closures and off-peak lane closures. Overnight turn-lane closures may be necessary to place a stormwater pipe at the eastbound US 50/Golf Course Road intersection.

On average, nearly 33,000 vehicles travel this section of US 50 each day and volumes can be significantly higher during the busy summer tourist season.

SHA awarded a $1.8 million construction contract to David A. Bramble of Chestertown. 

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