Md., U.S. agree on U.S. 113 plan Eastern Shore artery to be upgraded to 4-lane divided highway

September 28, 1997|By Steven Kreytak | Steven Kreytak,CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE

WASHINGTON -- Clinton administration officials, federal lawmakers and state officials have reached preliminary agreement on a $150 million plan to turn two dangerous sections of a major Eastern Shore beach route into a four-lane divided highway.

Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest, a 1st District Republican, and Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Paul S. Sarbanes, both Maryland Democrats, along with officials from five federal agencies and the State Highway Administration, backed the two-year plan for U.S. 113.

State Highway Administrator Parker Williams called the plan the "No. 1 safety project in the state of Maryland." Since 1980 there have been 48 deaths along the 23.8 miles of road that would be widened under the plan.

U.S. 113, a four-lane divided highway in Delaware, turns into a two-lane highway at the Maryland border. It becomes a four-lane highway north of Berlin for a short time before resuming two-lane status again south of Berlin. U.S. 113 is a major thoroughfare for Maryland vacationers headed to Ocean City and other beach destinations.

The officials agreed on the first step of the process -where and how the road would be turned into a uniform, four-lane divided highway.

Pub Date: 9/28/97

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