Route 50 speed lowered for 60 Foot Road construction

A photo from a state traffic camera shows an accident scene at 60 Foot Road near Pittsville. New lights will replace blinkers currently in place. The intersection has been the site of many accidents during the years.

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration has temporarily reduced the speed limit on U.S. Route 50 at Sixty Foot Road in Wicomico County. The seed limit through this 1.5-mile-long active work zone has dropped from 55 mph to 45 mph. 

MDOT SHA recently began a project to improve safety at this intersection by adding traffic signals, advance warning signals and median left turn lanes. Completion is expected by spring 2019. An average of 31,000 vehicles travel this portion of US 50 each day and volumes are significantly higher during the summer months as US 50 is a primary route to Ocean City. More than 5,000 vehicles travel on Sixty Foot Road each day. David A. Bramble of Chestertown is constructing this nearly $3.2 million project.

While MDOT SHA and its tran

sportation 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 and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes, and highway workers. Slow down and don’t follow too closely.

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