Business Route 50 undergoes improvements

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration continues to invest in Salisbury transportation, safety and infrastructure.

Last week, the first of three safety and resurfacing projects along Route 50 Business — the Salisbury Parkway — began as crews are milling and preparing to pave 1.4 miles between Boundary Street and Ward Street.

Later this month, SHA contractors will begin resurfacing two miles of Route 50 Business westbound, between Boundary Street and Route 50 at the Bypass.

Both of these projects will be completed by early July, weather permitting.
Also this month, SHA will begin pedestrian safety improvements on Route 50 Business between Ward Street and East Main Street.

This project will reduce the number of through lanes from three to two and restrict pedestrian access through the median.

These changes, along with resurfacing and new pavement markings, will improve safety by eliminating a common mid-block crossing area and enhancing pedestrian and motorist visibility near Wicomico Middle School. This work will be completed by fall.

On Salisbury Boulevard, just south of The Salisbury Parkway, SHA is set to begin a two-year drainage and pedestrian improvement project.

Work along the one-mile stretch between Calvert Street and South Boulevard includes extensive drainage repairs/upgrades, new ADA-compliant sidewalks, signals and ramps, resurfacing and new pavement markings.

“The first two resurfacing projects should move quickly but there could be a short period in May/June where all four projects overlap.  We recognize the local travel impacts this could have and we’ll do our best to move those resurfacing projects along quickly,” said District Engineer Jay Meredith.

Collectively, these four projects are valued at over $11 million.

Greg Bassett is editor and general manager of Salisbury Independent. Reach him at gbassett@newszap.com

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