SHA ENHANCES SAFETY ON MD 328 WITH A NEW CONCRETE MEDIAN IN EASTON

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(April 15, 2011) – As construction season moves into high gear, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will next week begin constructing a concrete median along MD 328 (Matthewstown Road) between US 50 (Ocean Gateway) and Elliot Road in Easton, Talbot County.  Weather permitting, the project will be complete by early July.

The new median will better separate traffic that is turning to and from US 50, which improves safety for motorists and pedestrians, as well as intersection operations.  Additional work on the project includes:
• Slight roadway widening on MD 328 to accommodate the new median;
• Replacement of the existing curb and gutter;
• Improvement of drainage inlets; and
• Resurfacing MD 328 between US 50 and Elliot Road.

SHA will use arrow panels, variable message signs and cones/barrels to guide motorists through the work zone.  Motorists should expect daily single lane closures between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. and overnight from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m., Monday through Friday.  There will be no weekend closures to accommodate beach traffic.

SHA awarded the $536,000 project to David A. Bramble, Inc. of Chestertown.  Citizens with any questions about State maintained highways in Talbot County can call SHA’s District 2 office at (410) 810-3200 or toll-free at 1-800-637-9740.

Construction season is here with numerous active work zone sites that include major construction projects taking years to complete and mobile operations taking only minutes.  While SHA and its transportation partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert - look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers.  Slow down and don't follow too closely.  Safer Driving. Safer Work Zones.  For everyone.

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