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MDOT OFFICIALS MET WITH CARROLL COUNTY
AS PART OF ANNUAL STATEWIDE TOUR

TO DISCUSS TRANSPORTATION PRIORITIES

Deputy Transportation Secretary Announced Local Grants and Key Project Updates

November 3, 2016

(Westminster, MD) – Deputy Transportation Secretary Jim Ports today met with Carroll County officials to discuss the Draft FY 2017 – FY 2022 Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP), which details the Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) draft six-year capital budget.  Today’s meeting was part of MDOT’s annual tour of 23 Maryland counties and Baltimore City to update local officials and the public on the Hogan Administration’s $14.4 billion investment over the next six years in transit, highways, Motor Vehicle Administration facilities, the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore and the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI Marshall).  Officials also discussed the Maryland Transportation Authority’s $1.99 billion additional investments in Maryland’s toll roads and bridges.

“The annual CTP Tour is a great opportunity for us to connect with our customers and to discuss their transportation priorities,” said Deputy Secretary Ports.  “We are committed to continuing an active dialogue with our customers throughout the year.”

MDOT Team members representing the agency’s business units were:  Deputy Secretary Ports and Regional Planner Tyson Byrne from The Secretary’s Office; Administrator Greg Johnson and District Engineer Mark Crampton from the State Highway Administration (SHA); Administrator Chrissy Nizer from the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA); and Local Transit Support Director Beth Kreider from the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA).

Speaking on behalf of Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn, Deputy Secretary Ports outlined key updates on the transportation investments.  Statewide, there are more construction projects underway now than in Maryland’s history, with 1,073 projects totaling $7.9 billion across MDOT from investments in MVA, transit, highways and toll facilities to key projects at the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore and BWI Marshall.  In addition to these projects, Deputy Secretary Ports announced funding for Carroll County’s local priorities, including: $10.9 million in Highway User Revenues for the county and its municipalities for FY 2017 – FY 2022; $38,450 in FY 2017 highway safety grants for law enforcement and safety advocates, and $1.57 million in FY 2017 operating and capital transit grants. These transit investments include funds for the county’s top three transit priorities – a transit hub feasibility study, ongoing preventive maintenance funds and replacement of six additional buses.

Deputy Secretary Ports also touted the latest records at the Port of Baltimore, including the Port being #1 in the nation for autos and roll on/roll off machinery and welcoming the first big container ship from Evergreen to come through the newly expanded Panama Canal.  He also named key Carroll County companies that count on the Port to conduct business here in Maryland, including: Snavely Forest Products, Random House, Lehigh Cement and Elite Screens.

At BWI Marshall, he highlighted steadily growing passenger traffic with new airlines and service to new domestic and international markets.  In 2015, BWI Marshall set a new all-time annual record for passenger traffic with nearly 24 million passengers, and it has seen strong growth continue with 14-straight monthly passenger records from July 2015 to August 2016.  The D/E Connector is a key capital project that is being delivered on a fast-track to meet the growing demand for international service.

On the highway side, he outlined MDOT’s great progress on Governor Larry Hogan’s commitment to fix the 69 structurally deficient bridges in the state system identified in 2015:  15 are complete and open to traffic, another 15 are under construction, and another 25 have been funded for construction.  He also provided an update on important major projects and system preservation projects in Carroll County.

Deputy Secretary Ports said SHA will replace the structurally deficient MD 496 (Bachmans Valley Road) Bridge over Big Pipe Creek, west of Manchester.  The $4.8 million project will begin by late spring and is expected to be complete summer 2018.  Also next spring, the $20 million streetscape project on MD 30 Business will begin.  SHA is working very closely with the town of Hampstead on plans to reduce traffic impacts and keep Main Street open for business during construction.  Another project starting next spring is a $5.2 million widening on MD 26 between Emerald Lane and Calvert Way in Eldersburg.  The widening ties into the Liberty Exchange development west of Emerald Lane and will add an additional 12-foot through lane in both directions of MD 26.

Deputy Secretary Ports also showed the group the new Maryland Proud license plate that was made available in September and can be ordered online for $20 at mva.maryland.gov.  He also described the new Maryland driver’s license as the most secure in the nation.  For the first time ever, the new driver’s license also honors Veterans with VETERAN displayed proudly on the front of the license.  From June 20 to October 29, 2016, 11,867 veterans chose to get the new MD Secure Driver’s License or ID with the Veteran designation on the front.

Officials and residents met at the Carroll County Government Office Building in Westminster.  The tour launched September 20 with stops in Worcester, Somerset and Wicomico counties and will conclude November 15 in Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester counties.  Meetings are planned at various locations in all 23 Maryland counties and Baltimore City.  For a complete list of the CTP Tour Schedule with dates, times and locations visit:  mdot.maryland.gov/newMDOT/Planning/CTP/2016_CTP_Tour.  To view the draft CTP, visit here:  mdot.maryland.gov/newMDOT/Planning/CTP.

Each fall, MDOT presents its draft six-year capital program to every county and Baltimore City for review and comment.  Following input from the 24 local jurisdictions, MDOT prepares a final budget to present to the General Assembly in January.

Contact:
Erin Henson
MDOT Public Affairs
410-865-1025
ehenson@mdot.maryland.gov

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