OCEAN CITY, Md. - Changes are coming to Coastal Highway in Ocean City.
Wednesday, the Maryland State Highway Administration and Ocean City Police decided to lower the speed limit on Coastal Highway between 33rd and 62nd streets, from 40 to 35 miles per hour, a change expected to take place in the fall.
The Ocean City Mayor and Town Hall commissioned a speed study from the SHA, and found 85 percent of drivers traveled at 37 mph or less, with 50 percent driving 33mph or less.
There is also a plan to install a crossing signal for pedestrians on 54th street, similar to one already on 49th street. That signal is being designed by the Office of Traffic and Safety, and is expected to cost $150,000. Construction is thought to be completed by Memorial Day.
The groups decided they will install "no pedestrian crossing" signs in the median between 18th and 34th streets.
Ocean City Police say they've seen a 39 percent decrease in pedestrian crashes this year compared to last year's peak of 41, which they attribute to the success of the city-wide Walk Smart pedestrian campaign.
In another effort to continue to cut that number, throughout the fall, the SHA is working to acquire funding to close the 23 depressed curb median crossings along Coastal Highway, a project estimated to cost $250,000.