Resident Input Sought on Concept of Traffic Circle on Route 589

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is considering a concept of a traffic circle at the intersection of Route 589 and Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines.

The intersection, which serves as one of the main traffic arteries for the largest residential community in Worcester County, could require dualization. Land on either side of the “North Gate” entrance would be needed for the construction of the conceptual traffic circle, according to MDOT.

“The Ocean Pines Board of Directors has been asked to donate the required land but has yet to decide,” said Denise Sawyer, marketing and public relations director for the Ocean Pines Association. “That’s where the membership of the Association comes in. Ocean Pines residents are invited to comment on the idea of a conceptual traffic circle by sending suggestions to Director Steve Tuttle.”

Director Tuttle will compile the comments submitted to stuttle@oceanpines.org and forward them to MDOT on Friday, April 26. Tuttle asked that comments and/or suggestions are to be emailed by the end of the day on Thursday, April 25.

“The Association and its Board would like to stress the fact that this traffic circle is merely a concept and work is not set to begin any time soon,” said Sawyer.

In the meantime, the Board is discussing options that could include modifications to improve travel through the North Gate entrance.

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