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For Immediate Release:

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

Secretary Announces Local Grants and Key Project Updates

October 6, 2016
 
(Cumberland, MD) – Deputy Transportation Secretary Jim Ports today met with Allegany 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 six business units were: Deputy Secretary Ports from The Secretary’s Office; Deputy Administrator Greg Slater and District Engineer Tony Crawford from the State Highway Administration (SHA); Administrator Chrissy Nizer and Regional Manager Rhashad Johnson from the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA); and Local Transit Support Deputy Director Jeannie Fazio 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 Allegany County’s local priorities, including: $6.2 million in Highway User Revenues for the county and its municipalities for FY 2017 – FY 2022; $15,500 in FY 2017 highway safety grants for law enforcement and safety advocates, and $1.83 million in operating and capital FY 2017 transit grants.  He also told the county that it is eligible for about $225,000 in Regional Aviation grant funding in State Fiscal Year 2017 to renovate the terminal aircraft ramp area at the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport.

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 highlighted key Allegany County companies that count on the Port to conduct business here in Maryland including: Clark Associates and AMM.

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 12-straight monthly passenger records from June 2015 to June 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 Allegany County.

Deputy Secretary Ports said SHA this summer began a $4.5 million project to replace the structurally deficient MD 47 (Barrelville Road) Bridge over North Branch, just north of MD 36.  The project is expected to be complete spring 2017.  This fall, SHA will begin a $4.1 million safety and resurfacing project on I-68 between Orleans Road and the Washington County line.  Crews are adding a special type of concrete in the right truck lane to minimize rutting and deterioration of the pavement.  This project is expected to be complete summer 2017.  By next spring, SHA will begin a $1 million safety project on MD 51 (Industrial Boulevard) at Virginia Avenue.  Crews will widen the westbound side of MD 51 to relocate the existing left turn to improve safety and traffic flow.  The project is expected to be complete late spring 2017. 

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 county offices in Cumberland.  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
Teri Moss
MDOT Public Affairs
410-865-1025
ehenson@mdot.maryland.gov

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