MD 404 is a 55-mph principal arterial roadway connecting US 50 to the Delmarva Region on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, serving commuters, commercial trucking, local farmers, and tourists. About 20,000 vehicles—roughly 10% trucks—use it daily. During summertime peak travel, volumes jump to nearly 23,000 vehicles, with projected 2035 ADT of 26,000.
The existing, two-lane MD 404 operated at substandard levels of service during summertime peak hours, and corridor-wide collision rates were nearly twice the statewide average. From 2005 to 2014, 402 crashes and 12 fatalities occurred.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan challenged the MDOT SHA and the A/E/C community to make MD 404 safer and to improve its capacity—as quickly as possible. Original projections targeted a mid-2019 completion. The governor directed the opening of a four-lane roadway by Thanksgiving 2017, half the original three-year schedule.
The 9.2-mile project widened the corridor, providing a continuous, dualized four-lane divided highway. Additional improvements included tie-ins with existing dualized roadways; reconfigured intersections; a bridge over Norwich Creek; roadway culverts; rehabilitated pavement; drainage collection/conveyance and stormwater management (SWM) systems; lighting, signing, and pavement markings; intelligent transportation systems (ITS); and landscape plantings.
MDOT SHA issued notice to proceed in June 2016 under a lump sum/fixed firm price contract with the 404 Safety Corridor Safety Constructors (CSC), a Tri Venture contracting team of Wagman Heavy Civil, David A. Bramble, and Allan Myers MD.