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West OC bike, pedestrian safety meeting scheduled

Information session set for Sept. 14 from 6-8 p.m. at Ocean City Elem. School
By Brian Gilliland | Sep 07, 2017

(Sept. 8, 2017) Continuing discussions about pedestrian and bicyclist safety in the square formed by Golf Course Road, Center Drive, Keyser Point Road and Route 50 have resulted in increased street lighting.

Now, the State Highway Administration and county will be hosting an information session at Ocean City Elementary School on Sept. 14 from 6-8 p.m. to discuss current plans and future ideas.

There won’t be a formal presentation, just displays of current and proposed projects, along with SHA and county representatives available to answer questions. Attendees are invited to come and go as they please.

The meeting is in response to growing concern regarding safety in the area, resulting in four “Share the Road” signs being installed in 2016, and the placement of 21 new streetlights earlier this summer.

The SHA is also considering placing a shared use path along Route 50. The path, starting from the west, would run along the south side of Route 50 at Stephen Decatur Highway, across the highway to the north side at Inlet Isle Lane, and connect to the sidewalk at the Harry Kelley bridge.

According to the meeting announcement, the design for this path is due this winter, and construction would begin once funding is found.

These efforts are in addition to the steps already taken, such as crosswalk installation and new signs to guide bicyclists to the proper paths. The town of Ocean City, the Ocean City Police Department, SHA and businesses and other agencies also work together for the annual Walk Smart campaign featuring mascot Cheswick the Crab. The SHA said it would increase the presence of the campaign is West Ocean City next year.

Public opinion will be solicited at the meeting, but additional questions and comments on bicycle and pedestrian safety can be sent directly to Peter Sotherland, acting bicycle and pedestrian safety coordinator at the SHA, 410-545-5721 or psotherland@sha.state.md.us; or questions about highways can be delivered to James Meredith, SHA district engineer, at 410-677-4000 or jmeredith@sha.state.md.us.

 

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