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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 14, 2018

Contact:
MDOT Public Affairs

Erin Henson, 410-865-1025
ehenson@mdot.maryland.gov

MDOT OFFICIALS MET WITH PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY
AS PART OF ANNUAL STATEWIDE TOUR

TO DISCUSS TRANSPORTATION PRIORITIES

Transportation Officials Announced Local Grants and Key Project Updates

(Upper Marlboro, MD) – Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn today met with Prince George’s County officials to discuss the Draft FY 2019-2024 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 $16 billion investment over the next six years in transit, highways, Motor Vehicle Administration facilities, the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore, and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI Marshall). Officials also discussed the Maryland Transportation Authority’s $3.3 billion in additional investments in Maryland’s toll roads and bridges.

“We continue to deliver on the largest construction program in the state’s history, improving customer service at MDOT, and setting records for containers at the port and for passengers at the airport,” said Secretary Rahn.

MDOT team members representing the agency’s business units were: Transportation Secretary Rahn; Administrator Kevin Quinn from the MDOT Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA); Administrator Greg Slater and District Engineer Andre Futrell from the MDOT State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA); Deputy Administrator Leslie Dews from the MDOT Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA); Chief Engineer Paul Shank from the MDOT Maryland Aviation Administration (MDOT MAA); and Project Planning and Program Development Director Melissa Williams from the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA).

Secretary Rahn outlined key updates on transportation investments. Statewide, there are 816 airport, highway, transit, port, bicycle, and Motor Vehicle Administration construction projects underway with a value of $8.8 billion.

In addition to these projects, transportation officials announced funding for Prince George's County’s local priorities, including: $86.1 million in Highway User Revenues for the county for fiscal 2019 – 2024, which includes an additional $7.9 million in grants recently awarded by the governor; and highway safety grants funded through MDOT MVA, including $252,400 for the Prince George’s County Police Department and $4,000 for the City of Bowie.

MDOT MTA makes a significant investment in transit in Prince George’s County through the operation of MARC train service, Commuter Bus service, construction of the Purple Line, and by providing $15.4 million in operating and capital grants to support the local “The Bus” transit operation. Local transit funding includes heavy-duty bus replacements for transit operations and the Rideshare program.

In addition, MDOT MTA continues to support the county’s No. 1 priority by furthering work on the $5.6 billion Purple Line, the largest transit public-private partnership in the nation. Prince George’s County is a partner in the project. Construction is ongoing across all three construction areas. Design continues for all disciplines of the Purple Line with the current schedule showing design essentially complete by spring 2019. All major stakeholder agreements have been established and workforce development efforts continue.

MDOT MTA continues to make improvements to the MARC system and recently acquired eight new MARC locomotives. Additionally, 63 MARC III railcars are being overhauled, including upgraded seats, communications, air brakes, HVAC, and doors. The project is underway and is expected to be completed in 2020. In September, MDOT MTA deployed mobile ticketing for all MTA transit services to provide more fare options to our riders.

Secretary Rahn also highlighted the latest records at the Port of Baltimore, including the port handling 10.9 million tons of general cargo – from autos and heavy machinery to containers – in fiscal 2018. The port remains No. 1 in the nation for autos and roll on/roll off machinery, and handled a record 596,972 containers in 2017.

BWI Marshall has experienced steadily growing passenger traffic with new airlines and service to new domestic and international markets. In 2017, BWI Marshall set a new all-time annual record for passenger traffic by exceeding 26 million passengers. The airport through August set passenger records in 37 of the previous 38 months.

On the highway side, Secretary Rahn noted that under Governor Hogan’s leadership, Maryland is continuing to deliver on record investments in highways and bridges. Of the 69 structurally deficient bridges the Hogan administration identified in June 2015, all have been repaired, replaced or are advertised for construction.

Transportation officials also provided an update on important major projects and system preservation projects in Prince George’s County.

To address structurally deficient bridges, work is now underway on a $35.9 million project to replace the I-95 bridges over Suitland Road. This project will be finished by the end of 2020. Nearby, work continues this fall on the I-95 bridges over Suitland Parkway, a $41.2 million project that will be completed by the end of 2021. Also on Suitland Parkway, work continues on a new $131.5 million interchange on MD 4 at Suitland Parkway. The project will relieve existing traffic congestion and accommodate increased traffic anticipated with development in the area. Project completion is anticipated in the spring of 2021.

A new interchange is also under construction in Brandywine, improving safety for travelers using MD 5, Accokeek Road, and Brandywine Road. The $55.9 million project will add a new service road, a new bridge over MD 5, and a park-and-ride lot to reduce congestion in the MD 5 corridor. This project will be open to traffic, next summer.

Construction is progressing on the $117.6 million MD 210 interchange at Kerby Hill and Livingston roads. The new interchange will carry both roads over MD 210, eliminating two traffic signals. MDOT SHA is upgrading lighting at signalized intersections, has already installed additional signage, and is continuing ongoing utility relocation. The project is scheduled to be completed in fall 2021.

MDOT SHA is continuing improvements on northbound MD 210, which includes a $4 million resurfacing project between Farmington Road and Old Fort Road that was completed recently.

Among many other resurfacing projects, earlier this year MDOT SHA completed a $5.2 million safety and resurfacing project on MD 5 between Moores Road and Surratts Road near Brandywine.

Safety remains the top priority for the Maryland Department of Transportation. At the entry to Joint Base Andrews, MDOT SHA is wrapping up a $7.6 million safety project on MD 337 (Allentown Road) later this fall.

MDOT SHA also has completed pedestrian safety improvements along MD 4 in Forestville. Next spring, MDOT SHA will begin a $13.2 million project to add sidewalks and improve safety along MD 500 in Mount Rainier and Chillum. Along MD 223, MDOT is planning to install sidewalks from Sherwood Drive to 1,000 feet south of Victoria Drive.

A new full-color traffic signal project with pedestrian countdown/accessible signals on MD 214 (Central Avenue) at the Addison Road Metrorail Station is now complete and will provide pedestrians with safer access.

The MDOT SHA design team is working with the University of Maryland to address safety on the College Park campus. Construction of safety improvements on US 1 between College Avenue and MD 193 will begin in the spring of 2019.

MDOT SHA’s $5 million rehabilitation of the Temple Hill Road Bridge over I-495 is expected to be completed in the fall of 2019. MDOT SHA recently reopened the Brandywine Road Bridge over Timothy Branch after a $3.6 million replacement project.

Patching and repaving work will continue on I-495, with $7.5 million dedicated to the effort over the next two years.

At MDTA, Governor Hogan’s toll rate reductions have saved Marylanders $186 million since 2015. A Tier 1 National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) study of location and funding options for a third Chesapeake Bay crossing began in January 2017 and will take up to 48 months to complete.

Secretary Rahn commended Prince George’s County officials for completing a Strategic Highway Safety Plan. Maryland experienced 558 roadway fatalities in 2017. The Strategic Highway Safety Plan targets the most common causes of roadway fatalities in Maryland: impaired driving; speeding; not wearing seat belts; distracted driving; and not using crosswalks. Secretary Rahn urged people in attendance to sign MDOT’s Traffic Safety Pledge, at www.surveymonkey.com/r/MDOTsafetypledge.

Officials and residents met today at the county administration building in Upper Marlboro. The meeting was the 23rd stop on the annual CTP tour, which is scheduled to conclude November 15 in Baltimore County. For the complete CTP tour schedule with dates, times, and locations, visit: www.mdot.maryland.gov/newMDOT/Planning/CTP/2018_CTP_Tour/Index.html. To view the Draft CTP, visit: www.ctp.maryland.gov.

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.

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