UPDATE: Golf Course Road Closure Planned

(Editor’s Note: This article has been updated Friday morning as the dates have changed.)

WEST OCEAN CITY — A busy section of Golf Course Road from Route 50 south will be closed overnight from 9 p.m., Monday July 8 to facilitate the installation of a drainage pipe across the corridor. The work will continue through the night.

The State Highway Administration (SHA) on Thursday announced Golf Course Road will be closed at the south side of Route 50 near the Royal Farms convenience store on that corner. The closure is necessary for motorists and worker safety during the installation of a drainage pipe across Golf Course Road.

The drainage pipe project is part of the larger project to construct a bicycle-pedestrian-friendly path along the Route 50 corridor between Route 611 and the Route 50 Bridge, which broke ground this week. The 10-foot wide path will run along the south side of Route 50 and will include a combination of asphalt, concrete and, in some areas, boardwalks, to provide a safe conduit for bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

The bike-pedestrian path will cover roughly three-quarters-of-a-mile and will be ADA compliant. The project also includes the installation of new marked crosswalks and audible countdown pedestrian signals. The project is expected to cost around $1.8 million with an official start date this week and an estimated completion date in the fall.

Golf Course Road was to be closed between Routes 50 and 707, or Old Bridge Road, from 7 p.m. on Monday, July 1 to 5 a.m. on Tuesday morning, July 2. Plans changed overnight after concerns were expressed by the community. Detour signs will be posted, directing motorists to use Route 611 and Route 707 to navigate around the closure area.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.