SHA an­nounces side­walk up­grades in Hurlock

Dorchester Star - - Regional -

HURLOCK — On Tues­day, July 19, the Mary­land Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion’s State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion an­nounced ma­jor in­fras­truc­ture im­prove­ments com­ing to Hurlock.

With its 125th an­niver­sary just around the cor­ner, the town of Hurlock is get­ting an in­fras­truc­ture makeover as the SHA up­grades side­walks along state Route 331 (Academy Street/South Main Street) be­tween Maple­ton Street and Thomp­son Street and state Route 307 (Broad Street) be­tween state Route 331 and Neal­son Street. Weather per­mit­ting, the pro­ject should be com­plete by spring 2017.

Work in­cludes re­plac­ing side­walks, curb/gut­ter and con­struct­ing new drive­way aprons and side­walk “bump outs” to main­tain a wide pedes­trian path around util­ity poles. The new side­walks will com­ply with the lat­est Amer­i­cans with Dis­abil­i­ties Act (ADA) stan­dards.

The side­walk work is un­der­way after com­ple­tion of the town’s wa­ter line re­place­ment pro­ject. Once the new side­walks are in place, SHA will resur­face state Route 331 through Hurlock.

SHA be­lieves the work will dra­mat­i­cally im­prove ride qual­ity and en­hance road­way drainage by elim­i­nat­ing low spots and di­rect­ing wa­ter to the new curb/gut­ter sys­tem.

Wind­ing 30 miles through nu­mer­ous towns from Eas­ton to Vi­enna, state Route 331 is a key East­ern Shore com­muter and agri­cul­tural truck­ing route. An av­er­age of 3,700 ve­hi­cles travel state Route 331 through Hurlock each day. The Town of Hurlock was in­cor­po­rated in 1892.

SHA’s side­walk pro­ject is per­formed un­der a $4 mil­lion, multi-lo­ca­tion area wide con­tract awarded to Im­age As­phalt of Pasadena. Work hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mon­day through Fri­day.

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