Ocean City Today

County keeps last year’s road priority list, submits letter

Racetrack Road, Kelly bridge and Route 90 to be scored
By Brian Gilliland | Mar 22, 2018

(March 23, 2018) Three projects were approved to be forwarded to the state for review as Worcester County’s transportation priorities for this year: dualization of Route 90, replacement of the Harry Kelly Memorial bridge on Route 50 and improvements to Route 589.

All three would be subject to the state’s scoring system for road projects, as their estimated costs each exceed $5 million.

The Route 113 dualization continues to be Worcester County’s top priority, and the project is scheduled to complete work on the lanes in 2019. It is also exempt from the scoring system.

Ocean City has pushed the Route 50 bridge replacement for years at is primary objective, but last year Mayor Rick Meehan said the city had moved the dualization of Route 90 to the top of the list.

Explaining the decision, Meehan said in a letter to the Worcester County Commissioners that the Route 50 bridge replacement has the potential to snarl traffic for multiple summers, while adding lanes to Route 90 is the more prudent choice.

“With the right-of-way already in place, a major time-consuming hurdle on such a project is a nonissue and should position the state to expedite the project,” Meehan wrote.

As of 2015, the peak traffic volume for Route 90 range from 28,000 to 32,000 vehicles daily. With the traffic volume theoretically increased by adding additional lanes to the expressway and its bridges, the Route 50 bridge replacement project could progress more smoothly, according to Ocean City’s comprehensive plan.

Requests from the other municipalities in Worcester County were not received by the county, and are not being submitted to the state.

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