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State Highway Administration prepares to help summer travelers safely reach the beach

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BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration is preparing for thousands of travelers to head to the Eastern Shore over the summer.

SHA has finished improving the roads to make travel better. They say they have enhanced patrols on the Eastern Shore starting in May and will continue through early October. The extra patrols are to help disabled cars, remove road debris, and clear crashes.

The State Highway Administration has improved the road surface on many miles of the state’s vast highway system since the end of last summer, including:

  • eastbound US 50/US 301 (John Hanson Highway) between Whitehall Road and Oceanic Drive and the eastbound US 50 ramp from Busch’s Frontage Road to Pointless Forest Trail in Anne Arundel County;
  • eastbound US 50 (Ocean Gateway) between MD 404 (Queen Anne Highway) and MD 662 (Longwoods Road) in Talbot County;
  • westbound US 50 between Mill Road and Linkwood Road in Dorchester County;
  • westbound US 50 west of Old Ocean Gateway and Linkwood Road in Dorchester County;
  • westbound US 50 between MD 818 (Main Street) to the Worcester/Wicomico County line;
  • eastbound and westbound MD 378 (Baltimore Avenue) between N. Division Street and 15th Street in downtown Ocean City;
  • MD 90 (Ocean City Expressway) between MD 575 (Worcester Highway) and MD 528 (Coastal Highway); and
  • pavement restriping at various locations on Coastal Highway in Ocean City.

The State Highway Administration is also continuing with on-ramp management projects on the Broadneck Peninsula in Anne Arundel County. This project is trying to mitigate increased travel volumes with the goal of improving traffic flow and safety. On-ramps from Oceanic Drive onto eastbound US 50/US 301 will be closed on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. starting this Friday, May 17 and lasting through Saturday, August 31. During those times, drivers will need to take an alternate route to access eastbound US 50/US 301.

The State Highway Administration is reminding drivers to check tires, maintain a proper cooling system, and make sure all vehicle lighting systems are operational before heading out onto the road. Drivers are encouraged to also check for emergency supplies and roadside assistance before heading out.

This article was written with the assistance of AI and reviewed by a human editor.

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