(MDOT SHA photo: MDOT SHA Logo)(June 16, 2020) – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) has completed a new turn lane and sidewalk improvements along MD 346 (Old Ocean City Boulevard) between Healthway Drive and US 113 (Worcester Highway) in Berlin.“We’d like to thank staff and visitors to Atlantic General Hospital and the adjacent medical facilities for their patience and cooperation during construction,” said MDOT SHA Administrator Tim Smith. “Working around a hospital entrance requires good cooperation and communication anytime, but it’s absolutely critical during a health crisis like the coronavirus. The hospital and our contractor have been great partners in completing these improvements with minimal public impacts.” The new lane and accompanying ramps provide a free-flowing connection between Healthway Drive and US 113 (Worcester Highway). This greatly improves egress from Atlantic General Hospital and surrounding medical facilities, particularly during peak periods such as shift changes. The new sidewalk and related improvements protect pedestrians from the travel lane and provide heightened motorist awareness.David A. Bramble of Chestertown was the general contractor for this $1 million project, which took about four months to construct. Additional improvements included realignment/restriping of all MD 346 lanes, extension of the left turn lane from southbound US 113 to MD 346 and new stormwater management infrastructure.MDOT SHA works hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones for our crews as well as our customers. Drivers need to stay alert, focus on driving and, look for reduced speed limits, as well as other driving pattern changes. 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 NoteMDOT SHA has a record number of highway construction projects underway across the state to reduce congestion and improve safety. From 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.