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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 8, 2018

Contact:
MDOT Public Affairs

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

Brandi Bottalico, 410-865-1030
bbottalico1@mdot.maryland.gov

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

TO DISCUSS TRANSPORTATION PRIORITIES

Transportation Officials Announced Local Grants and Key Project Updates

(Westminster, MD) – Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn today met with Carroll 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 Greg Slater and District Engineer John Concannon from the MDOT State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA); Field Operations Director Rhashad Johnson from the MDOT Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA); Local Transit Support Director Travis Johnston from the MDOT Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA); Regional Aviation Assistance Director Ashish Solanki 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 Carroll County’s local priorities, including: $27.9 million in Highway User Revenues for the county and its municipalities for fiscal 2019–2024, which includes an additional $2.5 million in grants recently awarded by the governor; and highway safety grants funded through MDOT MVA, including $25,000 for the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, $6,000 for the Westminster Police Department, $6,860 for the Sykesville Freedom District Fire Department, and $4,000 for the Sykesville Police Department. Because Carroll County officials signed the HUR grant application at the Maryland Association of Counties Summer Conference, the county received the funds two weeks early.

MDOT MTA makes a significant investment in Carroll County by providing $1.3 million in operating and capital grants to support the local transit system. This includes funding for three new small buses, ongoing preventive maintenance, and the Rideshare program. Additionally, $208,000 in funding is provided to nonprofits that serve the transportation needs of seniors and people with disabilities in the county.

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, meanwhile, continues to experience 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 continues 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 Carroll County.

MDOT SHA recently replaced the structurally deficient MD 496 Bridge over Big Pipe Creek, a $5.8 million project west of Manchester. Landscaping and final stream work may continue into the spring.

Last summer MDOT SHA began constructing the $30.8 million MD 30 Business urban reconstruction project in Hampstead. Carroll County contributed $600,000 toward the construction cost. The project is expected to be completed in 2020.

MDOT SHA also began last summer is the $5.5 million widening of MD 26 between Emerald Lane and Calvert Way in Eldersburg. The project includes the addition of a second lane in each direction on MD 26. Completion is anticipated next summer.

In addition, MDOT SHA is making capacity improvements along MD 97 between Pleasant Valley Road and Airport Drive/Magna Way. Crews are adding a through-lane in each direction of MD 97. Crews will also add a traffic signal to the intersection of MD 97 and Meadow Branch Road/Arthur Peck Drive. Construction is underway, and the $2.9 million project is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2019.

Last year, the Governor announced $5 million in funding for improvements to MD 32 between Main Street and MacBeth Way to support the Army National Guard Readiness Center. The project will add an additional travel lane on northbound MD 32 and a center turn lane. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2019.

In April, MDOT SHA announced the replacement of the MD 86 Bridge over the south branch of Gunpowder Falls. The project is funded for $7.2 million and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2021.

MDOT SHA improved several locations in Carroll County this past spring, including resurfacing of:

  • MD 31 between Main Street and MD 407;
  • four miles of Marston Road between MD 31 and MD 27; and
  • the park-and-ride lot on MD 30 in Manchester.

MDOT SHA will advertise a $2.5 million safety improvement project on MD 27 at Gillis Falls Road this fall. The project will widen MD 27 to provide left turn lanes and will realign Gillis Falls Road opposite Harrisville Road. A temporary traffic signal was activated July 30. Carroll County contributed $300,000 toward construction and $100,000 for temporary traffic signals. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2020.

The Town of Mount Airy was awarded $321,000 in Transportation Alternatives funding to construct Old Main Line Central Branch Trail accessibility improvements and storm water management restoration between historic downtown Mount Airy and Watkins Park.

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.

Transportation officials commended Carroll County for taking the first steps toward creating a highway safety plan. Maryland experienced 558 roadway fatalities in 2017. A Strategic Highway Safety Plan would help target the most common causes of roadway fatalities in Maryland: impaired driving; speeding; not wearing seat belts; distracted driving; and not using crosswalks. Secretary Rahn encouraged residents in attendance to sign MDOT’s Traffic Safety Pledge, at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MDOTsafetypledge.

Officials and residents met today at the county office building in Westminster. The meeting was the 21st stop on the annual CTP tour, which is scheduled to conclude November 15 in Baltimore County. Meetings are planned at various locations in all 23 Maryland counties and Baltimore City. For the complete CTP tour schedule with dates, times, and locations visit: http://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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