Route 589 closure causes detours and congestion
WORCESTER CO., Md. – The signs are up, the detours are mapped out, Route 589 in Worcester County is closed for what Maryland’s State Highway Administration calls a slope repair.
“We actually have to make sure that where a road goes over water or the sides of the bridge where the embankment is, we have to make sure that stays solid and stabilized because if it doesn’t, if the water cuts into that, it can undercut the road at some point and create a very dangerous situation,” explains SHA Spokesperson Bob Rager.
That’s why road crews are hard at work trying to fix a portion of Route 589 that’s experiencing severe embankment erosion, but this is no quick or easy fix.
We’re told this closure could last up to eight weeks.
Rager adds, “We know there’s about 20,000 cars a day that come down this road so we know a lot of people are going to be looking for a lot of ways around. We are encouraging everyone to stay on the signed detour route which is the highways, US 50, US 113 and Maryland Route 90.”
But just one day into the job, there’s already congestion, inconvenience and frustration for local residents and businesses.
One Ocean Pines resident says, “I’ve only lived here for about a year and a half, so I don’t know the roads too well so I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to get around this.”
Abi’s Diner owner Abi Karadeniz, “This morning since like 9:30 a.m. we haven’t received any customers, usually we have 25 up to 30 checks by 9:30 a.m. and we got a first customers at like 9:30.”
Since places like Abi’s Diner are past the road closure signs, people think these businesses are closed but Karadeniz says, “I just want people to know that we are still open and we are here and it’s really affecting us.”
And for those who usually take Route 589 everyday, “We do want to remind you to add a little time to your commute when you drive through here, no matter want route you take it’s going to take a little extra time,” explains Rager.
SHA is hoping to be done well before December but for the time being, they are asking everyone for patience during this unfortunate but necessary inconvenience.
And remember all businesses will remain open and detour signs are up, but it could be up to a 12 mile detour so give yourself extra time.