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For Immediate Release:

MDOT OFFICIALS MEET WITH FREDERICK COUNTY
AS PART OF ANNUAL STATEWIDE TOUR 
TO DISCUSS TRANSPORTATION PRIORITIES 

Deputy Secretary Announces Local Grants and Key Project Updates

October 13, 2016

(Westminster, MD) – Deputy Transportation Secretary Jim Ports today met with Frederick 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/Frederick 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 Kari Snyder from The Secretary’s Office; Administrator Greg Johnson, Deputy Administrator Greg Slater, and District Engineer Mark Crampton from the State Highway Administration (SHA); Administrator Chrissy Nizer from the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA); Regional Aviation Assistance Director Ashish J. Solanki, A.A.E. from the Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA); and Planning and Programming Director Kevin Quinn and Local Transit Support Director Beth Kreider from the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA).

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 Frederick County’s local priorities, including: $15.7 million in Highway User Revenues for the county and its municipalities for FY 2017 – FY 2022; $55,035 in FY 2017 highway safety grants for law enforcement and safety advocates, and $6 million in operating and capital FY 2017 transit grants, to support the local bus service, TransIt.

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 Frederick County companies that count on the Port to conduct business here in Maryland including: Bramati Marble and Granite, Global Hardware, and Dynamic Rugs.

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 13-straight monthly passenger records from June 2015 to July 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 Frederick County.

Deputy Secretary Ports said SHA is more than a third complete on the new $60 million interchange on US 15 at Monocacy Boulevard.  Crews are setting steel beams for the new bridge; and the project is scheduled to be complete in spring 2018.  This fall, SHA will begin an $18 million streetscape project on US 40 Alternate in downtown Middletown.  Improvements include a new curb and gutter, drainage upgrades, new pedestrian and bicycle facilities and resurfacing.  That project’s completion is anticipated in fall 2018.  And next spring, SHA will begin a $3.7 million system preservation project that includes resurfacing US 340 between the Washington County line and MD 17 in Knoxville.

Deputy Secretary Ports showed the group the new Maryland Proud license plate that was made available this week 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.

Officials and residents met at Frederick County Government offices in Frederick.  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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