ST-23-09: US-50 – Frederick County

ST-23-09 Overview Map

From Route 751 (Gore Rd.) to Route 608 (Wardensville Grade)


The Phase 2 survey regarding potential improvements along Route 50 between Route 751 (Gore Rd.) and Route 608 (Wardensville Grade) in Frederick County is complete.

Project Purpose

This study will primarily assess the historical crashes, patterns, and existing conditions on Route 50 to identify alternatives and improvements to address safety. This corridor has several very high safety need segments and has seen multiple fatal crashes over recent time periods. Additionally, there are several crossover locations and concerns with speeding that will be analyzed. Capacity Preservation is a very high need, therefore, safety improvements will consider ways to preserve the long term operational characteristics of the corridor.

Study Partners

  • Frederick County
  • WinFred Metropolitan Planning Organization (WinFred MPO)

Key Points of Contact

District Lead: Brad Reed

Lead Consultant: Nathan Umberger


Phase 1 May - August 2023 Diagnose Problems/Conduct Initial Public Outreach/Brainstorm Alternatives
Phase 2 September 2023 - April 2024 Evaluate Preliminary Alternatives/Conduct Public Outreach and Obtain Feedback/Select Preferred Alternatives
Phase 3 May - July 2024  Conduct Risk Assessment/Develop and Refine Preferred Alternatives/Prepare Cost Estimate and Investment Strategy

Phase 1 Public Engagement Summary

The Phase 1 survey regarding potential transportation safety improvements along Route 50 between Route 751 (Gore Rd.) and Route 608 (Wardensville Grade) in Frederick County is complete.

Dates Number of Participants (unique individuals)
June 29-July 21, 2023 173
The following needs have been identified for this study. Do you agree with this initial assessment?
Safety 85%
Capacity Preservation 64%
Transportation Demand Management 35%
Rank what is the most important issue to you along the study area.
Speeding / Aggressive Driving 79%
Corridor Safety / Intersection Safety  79%
Reducing Traffic Congestion 66%
Proper Pavement Marking and Signage 59%
Pedestrian Safety and Accessibility 42%
Public Transit Access and Service 43%
Bicycle Safety and Accessibility 40%
Which of the following safety issues concern you?
Speeding / Aggressive Driving 82%
Sudden Stopping / Rear-end Crashes 47%
Side-Impact Crashes 35%
Difficulty Weaving / Merging 34%
Inadequate Pavement Marking and Signage 29%
Inadequate Lighting 25%
Running Red Lights 16%
Closely Spaced Driveways 8%
Lack of ADA Ramps and Accessibility 6%
Lack of Sidewalks / Missing Sidewalks 5%
Other 5%
Inadequate Transit / Bus Stops 4%
Inadequate Bicycle Facilities  3%
Insufficient / Missing Crosswalks and Pedestrian Signal Timing 2%
What mobility issues do you typically experience when using the study area?
Lack of Turn Lanes 67%
Difficulty Making Left Turns 56%
Poor Signal Coordination 22%
Difficulty Accessing Businesses 20%
Vehicles Blocking Entrances 17%
Other 6%
Difficulty When Riding a Bike 4%
Difficulty When Walking 3%
What mode(s) of travel do you use when traveling along the study area?
Personal Vehicle 99%
Truck or Commercial Vehicle 10%
Other 2%
Carpool / Vanpool 1%
Walking 1%
Cycling 1%
Taxi / Uber / Lyft 0%
Metro Bus, Local Bus, or Commuter Bus 0%

Last updated: May 8, 2024

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