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Tuesday, October 18, 2011


The Maryland State Highway Administration announced the first of two phases of guardrail replacement along MD 90 from US 113 in Worcester County east to MD 528 in Ocean City. Work is scheduled to begin Sunday, Oct. 23.

The first phase will begin with removing and replacing all existing guardrail along MD 90 between US 113 (Worcester Highway) and MD 589 (Racetrack Road). During work hours all eastbound traffic on MD 90 will be detoured to US 113 and will follow US 50 to Ocean City. Westbound traffic on MD 90 will be open at all times during the guardrail replacement work to ensure emergency services, travel from Ocean City to area hospitals in a timely manner, or a need for mutual aid to surrounding communities.

The second phase of work includes the removing and replacing all existing guardrail on MD 90 between MD 589 (Racetrack Road) and MD 528 (Coastal Highway). All eastbound traffic on MD 90 will be redirected to MD 589, then to US 50 and into Ocean City. An alternate northern detour will also be established allowing traffic to move from MD 589 up through Delaware State Route 54.

Work on both phases will be permitted at night only, Sundays through Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. The $1 million contract was awarded to L.S. Lee, Inc. of York, Pa., and is expected to be completed mid-December, weather permitting. SHA crews and the contractor will use variable message signs, arrow panels, traffic cones and barrels to direct single lane closures during the project.

Guardrail is a type of traffic barrier that can help prevent vehicles from colliding with dangerous objects or other vehicles, or block passage down steep slopes or drops. While SHA and its transportation 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.

Safer driving. Safer work zones. For everyone. Nearly all crashes are caused by driver error and are preventable by making the right choices behind the wheel; learn more at Then click on safety programs.

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