Route 13

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Route 13 in Princess Anne found students blocking traffic yesterday to protest the death of 25 year old Freddie Gray who died after suffering a severe spinal injury while in police custody.

According to the University the demonstration consisted of 75 to 100 students and began at the school before making its way to Route 13.

Traffic was halted for around 10 minutes before 20 to 30 officers arrived on the scene.

The university said that many of the students came from the Baltimore area.

Pocomoke City Website

Pocomoke City Manager Russell Blake has been in office for 40 years.

But, he has decided that it’s time to retire.

Blake has served as the city administrator the longest number of years not only for the town but perhaps in the nation.

There have been a number of major changes in the town since he first took office back in 1975.

These range from the revitalization of downtown and new waterfront docks to a major development of retail businesses along Route 13 and a new industrial park.

There were several car crashes on Route 13 bypass this morning near Stockyard Road just south of Fruitland.

Police say the northbound lanes saw four single-vehicle accidents.

One involved an Eastern Correctional Institution van with two inmates and two correctional officers inside.

The three other accidents involved cars crashing into a ditch.

There were only minor injuries.

Normal traffic flow resumed around 10 a.m.

Motorists in Somerset County will now be able to take the Stewart Neck Road bridge over King’s Creek.

It’s taken nearly a year to replace the old wooden bridge which fell into the water.

That forced motorists to take a 5-mile detour along nearby Revels Neck Road to Route 13.

This week State Highway Administration and Somerset County officials dedicated the reopening of a new steel-and-concrete bridge.

The $1.4 million bridge replaces the old wooden structure whose pilings had rotted away.

The southbound lanes on Route 13 were closed this morning after a tractor-trailer truck flipped over on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Authorities set up a detour through the town of Tasley as units and personnel along with a hazardous materials unit arrived on the scene.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the southbound truck came to arrest on the driver’s side in the grassy median.

Firefly Festival Website

The traffic in Dover as the Firefly Music Festival gets underway was not as bad as it was last year.

The Delaware Department of Transportation and festival organizers made a number changes from last year including a longer festival to spread out the arrival times of attendees.

Greg Bostrom, director of the festival told WBOC that for the most part the festival kept traffic off of U.S. Route 13.

Nonetheless even though Thursday went well Delaware officials expect the worst to come on today.

The Route 13 bridge that connects Worcester and Somerset counties is expected to see some traffic pattern changes this morning as the state begins a $14.4 million upgrade project.

The State Highway Administration plans to replace bridge decks on the northbound lanes and resurface the decks on the southbound lanes.

The state also plans to repair steel beams and concrete surfaces of the bridge piers.

It will also get a new paint job.

Pocomoke Bride,

Pocomoke City has secured $10 million from the Maryland State Highway Administration to pave the bridge over Pocomoke River on Route 13.

The span has been plagued by potholes.

Mayor Bruce Morrison told the Salisbury Daily Times that fixing the bridge has been one of his top priorities since he took office.

But he added he did not expect it to occur until 2014 or 2015.

The bridge decking will be completely replaced on the older northbound bridge which was built in 1959.

The southbound span built in 1966 will only get a deck overlay with concrete.

SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - The town of Smyrna is launching a week long study of the U.S. Route 13 commercial corridor in an effort to shape future development in the area.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that town officials, regional planners and local stakeholders will begin meeting Monday with the aim of producing a master plan that Smyrna planners would use to regulate growth along the corridor.

Next week, Isabella Street in Salisbury is set to be closed for drainage maintenance in the Newtown neighborhood.

The closure will extend from Lake Street to Mill Street with a detour will be available on Route 50.

Another closure will also take place on Isabella at the intersection of West Isabella and Mill Streets in July.

A detour will be available on Route 50.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that barricades, signs and barrels will direct traffic while access for residents and businesses are to remain open.