Ocean City Unveils New Median Fence as Part of Walk Smart Campaign
Posted: Jun 12, 2018 8:54 PM
By Nicole Edenedo
(OCEAN CITY, Md.) - New efforts to protect pedestrians and motorists in Ocean City are up and running for this year's Walk Smart campaign.
Town and state officials gathered in downtown Ocean City Tuesday morning for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the town's latest projects months in the making.
The two and a half mile median fence encourages pedestrians to use crosswalks at designated areas. The median fence project also included the widening of sidewalks and installation of additional street lights.
Prompted by several pedestrian deaths over the last two years, officials said the fence will save lives.
"Every one of those fatalities is unique. They have different circumstances," said Maryland State Highway Administrator Greg Slater.
"But this median fence project, what it will do is stop people and prevent them from making choices, like running across the middle of the road where drivers just don't expect to see them."
Ocean City Police Chief Ross Buzzuro say jaywalkers will be stopped and educated on the street about the importance of breaking bad crossing habits.
"Tens of thousands will traverse Coastal Highway on any given day and we have a responsibility to do every possible thing to assist in keeping them safe," said Chief Buzzuro.
This year's Walk Smart campaign not only features the new median fence but also a public program for cyclists that offers free bike lights.
The town spared no expense to make sure people are well educated about the importance of pedestrian safety.
"We don't want to see any pedestrian accidents in Ocean City. As our chief said, the number we're looking for is zero and that's what we hope this fence will help us obtain," said Mayor Rick Meehan.
Cyclists in need of a bike light can stop by city hall on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon for a free light and installation.