MDOT SHA Logo)(September 4, 2020) – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) has completed $1.5 million in pedestrian and drainage improvements ahead of schedule in Garrett County.The project to replace the Wilson Run Culvert, located at the US 219 and East Center Street intersection in downtown Oakland, includes new sidewalks, paving and pavement markings. It was originally scheduled to be completed in November.“Our partnership with other state agencies and cooperation from the weather allowed us to finish this project earlier than expected.” said MDOT SHA Administrator Tim Smith. “We are happy to provide this improvement for the community.”Prior to the work being completed, pedestrians had to walk in the street to get around the culvert, which provides drainage for the roadway. “We are so pleased that MDOT SHA has completed this project,” said Oakland Mayor Jay Moyer. “It has not only improved the look of that area but enhanced that safety for pedestrians as well as motorists. The quality of the workmanship done on this job by Carl Belt, Inc is outstanding and will last long into the future. We would like to thank all who were involved.”MDOT SHA works hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones for our crews and our customers. Drivers need to stay alert, focus on driving, and look for reduced speed limits and other driving pattern changes.Drive like you work here and slow down in construction zones.For a list of all major MDOT SHA projects, go to Project Portal. Visit our homepage at roads.maryland.gov. For a look at real-time traffic conditions, go to md511.maryland.gov.Editor’s NoteFrom intersection improvements to widening and new interchange construction, MDOT SHA is investing in projects to enhance the commute and daily travel for millions of Marylanders. MDOT SHA maintains more than 2,500 bridges and 17,000 miles of non-toll state roads – the interstate, US and state numbered routes in Maryland’s 23 counties.