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MDOT Responds to Ocean Pines Roundabout Forum

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OCEAN PINES, Md. - Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is responding to the Ocean Pines public forum on a new traffic circle at their northern entrance.

MDOT State Highway Administration District Engineer James W. Meredith issued the following statement regarding the proposed roundabout at the Ocean Pines North Gate:

"Dear Ocean Pines Community:

On behalf of the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA), thank you for the opportunity to share the conceptual roundabout design with the Town of Ocean Pines in a public forum on Thursday, July 11, 2019. At MDOT SHA, we are committed to advancing a culture of honesty, clarity, and trust, and we appreciate the discourse generated through the forum.

It is clear from the comment cards and phone calls we have received, that the Ocean Pines community is concerned that the roundabout may not be the best solution to reduce the congestion at the intersection of MD 589 (Racetrack Road) and Ocean Parkway. Please accept that our efforts have been guided by the goals of enhancing the safety of the roadway and improving the level of service of the roadway.

While roundabouts have been successfully implemented in Maryland and across the nation, with improvements observed in both safety and operation, we recognize that there are those in the community that are not comfortable maneuvering through them. Be assured the roundabout design would include geometric features that limit the speed of traffic and allow for safe merging along all approaches.

In light of the feedback received, we are currently determining our next course of action. Please be assured, the project will not move forward without additional input and involvement of the Ocean Pines community."

Ocean Pines neighbors like Susanne Fleming are not in favor of the concept. 

"I just think it would be more dangerous, people are in a hurry on 589. They're not paying attention," says Fleming. 

But other residents say the roundabout could be a better alternative.

"In my experience, traffic circles do alleviate traffic congestion to make for a smoother flow," says Steve Mains, who lives in Ocean Pines. 

 

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