Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration engaged Mahan Rykiel to design a median fence and additional pedestrian safety improvements on MD 528 (Coastal Highway) in Ocean City, Md to help reduce pedestrian accidents caused by mid-block crossings.
MDOT SHA has partnered with Ocean City Police, City Council and Public Works offices to create initiatives that better serve both locals and tourists. With their full support and collaboration, the median fencing project is another effort they are taking in making Maryland roads safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
The safety enhancement project will be located on MD 528, running from 26th Street to 62nd Street, for a total distance of 2.17 miles. The work will include the following:
• Lengthening median left turn lane on MD 528 North at 52nd Street.
• Median fence installation between 62nd Street and Convention Center Drive
• Median roadway lighting installation between 62nd Street and Convention Center Drive
• Signing and pavement markings
• Grinding and paving of existing roadway from 26th Street to 62nd Street
Beyond the public safety aspects, the rustic design mimics that of a white picket fence along rolling sand dunes, planted with native grasses and landscaping to complete the effect. Vacationers will know its beach time when they reach the coastal highway and head into town for safe family family fun.