SHA Sidewalk Project

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) has initiated a project to improve pedestrian safety and access along MD 33 (Talbot St.) in the town of St. Michaels. This two-year project includes reconstruction of sidewalks to current ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards from Lee St. to Spencer Ave. and resurfacing of MD 33 within the project limits. Crews will remove and reset brick pavers consistent with ADA specifications, convert some areas of concrete sidewalk to brick pavers consistent with town standards and construct ADA ramps at intersections.


Schedule updates:
December 2022: Work continues along southbound MD 33, mainly between Mill St. and Cherry St./Railroad Ave. Business/property owners, residents and employees are encouraged to contact SHA project staff as needed to coordinate work in front of their building and minimize access impacts.
November 2022: Brick sidewalk reconstruction will continue through the fall between Dodson Ave. and Railroad Ave.  Expect occasional lane closures and flagging in this area from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
October 2022: Brick work is progressing along southbound MD 33.  Granite curb replacement is a very time-consuming part of this work as each curb section may need to be cut/trimmed to fit the location.  In general, the process for brick sidewalks requires removal of existing curb and gutter, excavation, multiple concrete pours to establish a brick paver base and lock new granite curb in place, setting of new bricks in the required pattern, and installation of ADA detectable warning surfaces at crosswalk locations.  Crews will continue into November working along southbound MD 33 toward Railroad Ave. as weather permits.  Project staff have visited most establishments in this area to determine fall business hours, delivery schedules, etc.  SHA will continue coordinating directly with each establishment to minimize impacts.
September 2022: Most of the concrete sidewalk reconstruction work on the south side of town has been completed.  Crews are now using asphalt to fill the slots in the roadway that were created for installation of new curb and gutter in several locations.  Additionally, sidewalk work has shifted to the north side of town where crews have begun reconstructing brick ramps to current ADA standards, and replacing concrete sidewalk with brick pavers south of Dodson Ave. This work will continue through the fall.
August 2022: Work continues per the July update below. Crews may switch to the eastbound side near Seymour Ave. to complete this section prior to school start.
July 2022: Sidewalk reconstruction continues along westbound MD 33 between Seymour Ave. and Maple Ave. Crews will work in small sections to minimize public impacts, continuing to East Marengo St. then switching sides to work along eastbound MD 33 between West Marengo St. and Seymour Ave.
June 2022: Work is wrapping up at and around the Seymour Ave. intersection. Following the Independence Day holiday break, crews will resume work in the 800 block between Seymour Ave. and Maple Ave.
May 20, 2022: Crews are in the 900 block of S. Talbot St. (MD 33) working north toward Seymour Ave. Work at this intersection likely will take place after the Memorial Day holiday.
May-June 2022: Work will continue on the south side of town, with occasional MD 33 lane closures as needed.
March-April: With warmer weather crews have been making good progress on the north side of town, completing most of the concrete sidewalk and curb work by mid-April. Stormwater management work near Perry Cabin will begin later this spring and sidewalk work will shift to the concrete sections at the south end of town for the spring and summer. Work in the historic downtown business district will commence after the busy summer tourist season and continue through the fall and winter.  Sidewalks in this area consist primarily of brick pavers; these will be reset to current ADA standards as needed.
January 2022: Weather has limited productivity. Crews continue to work when temperatures are sufficient for concrete placement – generally this is around 40 degrees minimum.  As of mid-January, work is focused in the 500 and 600 blocks of North Talbot St. (MD 33), between Lee Street and Mitchell Street. MDOT SHA’s contractor, McDonnell Landscaping, will continue in this area into February as weather permits.
Monday, December 13, 2021: SHA crew will continue to demo followed by forming on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and will pour what has been taken out Friday will be utilized to clean the area and have it opened up for the weekend. They will be taking a holiday break after Friday December 17th and will start back again after the new year.
Monday, December 6, 2021: The contractor plans to start saw cutting from Perry Cabin to Lee Street.