SHA starts Route 213 up­grades in down­town Elk­ton

Cecil Whig - - & - By BRI­ANNA SHEA



— Trav­el­ers will no­tice con­struc­tion on Route 213 this week as the Mary­land State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion makes up­grades to bring the area up to cur­rent stan­dards.

Con­struc­tion will take place at the Sen­a­tor Wal­ter Baker Me­mo­rial Bridge near the in­ter­sec­tion with Howard Street up to Rail­road Av­enue.

SHA awarded the areaw­ide con­tract bid to Im­age As­phalt Main­te­nance, Inc., based in Pasadena, said Bob Rager, dis­trict com­mu­nity li­ai­son for the SHA. The con­tract in­cludes the work to up­grade side­walks to hand­i­capped ac­ces­si­bil­ity stan­dards at mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions in SHA Dis­trict 2, which in­cludes Ce­cil, Caro­line, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Tal­bot coun­ties.

“What it does is help us move to­ward the goal of bring­ing all pedes­trian ac­com­mo­da­tions up to cur­rent ADA stan­dards along state roads where fed­eral fund­ing is used to im­prove or main­tain the road,” Rager said.

Rager said the work in­cludes ramps and de­tectable warn­ing sur­face mats, which will

al­low those with sight im­pair­ments to be aware they are ap­proach­ing street cross­ings.

Sin­gle road clo­sures will oc­cur only when needed, he said.

“We al­ways en­cour­age peo­ple to plan ahead and al­low a lit­tle ex­tra time when trav­el­ing through a work zone,” Rager said.

The work is ex­pected to wrap up by the end of the month, he added.

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