While adding another crossing of the Chesapeake Bay was not formally discussed by officials during the meeting, there were a number of other, surprising, announcements at the county’s annual meeting with transportation officials earlier this week.
State Sen. Jim Mathias caused a bit of a stir in September when he mentioned another crossing at Somerset County’s meeting with officials. Traditionally, Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset all held their meetings on the same day, but this year Somerset went first, and both Worcester and Wicomico had to wait until Tuesday before their own meetings. No reason was given for the change.
None of that seemed to matter once Maryland Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary for Operations Jim Ports said phase four of the Route 113 dualization project, containing the final stretch of two-lane traffic on the road, would begin construction in spring of 2017. Phase one of the project was completed in 2006.