Project to construct a new pedestrian and bicycle-friendly path in West OC nears completion
WEST OCEAN CITY, Md. – Crews are getting closer to completing work on a new pedestrian and bicycle-friendly path in West Ocean City.
Bob Rager, a Spokesperson for the Maryland State Highway Administration said, “So we want to get pedestrians and bicyclists off the road [and] onto the path here to keep them out of traffic and improve safety dramatically here.”
The path, located along Route 50 between Route 611 and the Route 50 bridge, has been under construction since June. Work is expected to be complete on the project before the end of the year.
Rager said, “In the next two weeks, we’re hoping hopefully right before the holiday.”
Ridge Harman, the owner of a business in the area called the Breakfast Cafe, says he is glad the path is being constructed.
Harman said, “The pedestrians were on the highway too much walking the shoulders, riding their bicycle on the shoulder, and this will get them off. It will be a lot safer.”
Even though the path is expected to make it safer, the Maryland State Highway Administration says pedestrians and bicyclists will still need to stay alert as there are many driveways located along the path.
Rager said, “There is such a substantial amount of pedestrian and bicycle traffic in here during the summertime and again, we want everyone to look out for each other. We always talk about how you’re not supposed to text while you’re driving, well, when you’re walking or biking on this path, you can’t be doing that kind of stuff either because the cars are going to be going in and out of the driveway so everybody has to pay attention.”
This path is costing a total of $1.8 million to construct.