Ocean City Today

Preliminary work starts on fence

By Brian Gilliland | Oct 19, 2017

(Oct. 20, 2017) In the ever-fluid realm of roadwork maintenance and construction, the State Highway Administration confirmed this week that preliminary work on both the median fence and repaving of Coastal Highway from 62nd Street south to 26th Street would begin this week, with actual “shovels in the dirt” work to start in early November.

The repaving project is a continuation of the program to resurface the entire 10-mile stretch of Ocean City’s strip, begun last March, from the Delaware line south to 62nd Street. The goal is, as always, to complete the resurfacing before Memorial Day and the start of the summer season.

The median fence will come first. That will include some electrical work to install LED lighting along the barrier to increase visibility.

Charlie Gischlar, media relations manager for the SHA, said completing the fence is Phase I on the project.

“Also in Phase I, crews will lengthen the left turn lane from northbound Coastal Highway to 52nd Street. Doing this will help to improve intersection operations by providing additional vehicle storage for turning motorists,” he said.

As fall turns to winter, outdoors roadwork may be delayed by rain, snow or colder temperatures. Gischlar said this portion of the project should be complete by spring 2018.

Crews will then shift to repaving approximately two miles of Coastal Highway. That will work will be similar what was done last year, just farther south. Both sides of the road will be patched, ground, paved and restriped before Memorial Day, Gischlar said.

Gischlar said both single- and double-lane closures, during off-peak hours, are possible during the $7 million project. As there is usually little advance notice of which lanes will be closed and when, Gischlar recommends allowing extra time for commuting while asking travelers to be mindful of work crews out on the roads.

George & Lynch Inc., out of Dover, Delaware, has been contracted by the Maryland Department of Transportation and the SHA to perform the work. The contractor’s office can be reached at 302-736-3031 or via its website, www.geolyn.com.

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