MD 18 signProject Located Along MD 18 Between Castle Marina Road and Kent Narrows (December 1, 2023) – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration will host a public open house to share information and answer questions about the agency’s study along MD 18 (Main Street) between Castle Marina Road and Kent Narrows in Queens Anne’s County.The study will assess transportation needs along MD 18, including traffic operations safety and pedestrian and bicyclist accommodations. The public open house will be held 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 13, at the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department, 1610 Main St., Chester. MD 18 study mapThe study team began planning for potential improvements along MD 18 in spring 2023. Known as a Planning and Environmental Linkages Study, the review considers environmental, community and economic goals early in the planning stage. Those goals are then carried out through project development, design and construction. This study helps identify needs and recommend improvements to move into the preliminary design phase, and is anticipated to be complete in spring 2024.During the public open house, a study overview as well as information about existing conditions, environmental features, corridor needs, a proposed study schedule, preliminary findings, recommendations and next steps will be provided. There will be no formal presentation. Project team members will be available to answer study-related questions. This event is an open-house format, and the public is encouraged to attend any time between 5-7 p.m.More details on the MD 18 Study Project can be found on the Project Portal Page. Information presented at the public open house will be available on the project page after the event. The State Highway Administration also is accepting public input through a survey accessible on the project page. Those requiring assistance to participate in the public open house, such as thise seeking an interpreter for hearing/speech difficulties or assistance with the English language, may send an email to SHATitleVI@MDOTmaryland.gov in advance of the meet1ing. Please indicate the desired language in the subject line. Maryland Relay Service can assist teletype users at 7-1-1. Any questions about the meetings or general inquiries can be directed to the email above. For a list of all major State Highway Administration projects, go to Project Portal, or visit the homepage at roads.maryland.gov. For a look at real-time traffic conditions, go to md511.maryland.gov.