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October 4, 2018

MDOT Public Affairs

Erin Henson, 410-865-1025

Brandi Bottalico, 410-865-1030



Transportation Secretary Announced Local Grants and Key Project Updates

(Hagerstown, MD) – Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn today met with Washington 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 the 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; Regional Aviation Assistance Director Ashish Solanki from the MDOT Maryland Aviation Administration (MDOT MAA); Administrator Christine Nizer from the MDOT Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA); Local Transit Support Director Travis Johnston from the MDOT Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA); and Administrator Greg Slater and District Engineer Tony Crawford from the MDOT State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA)

Secretary Rahn outlined key updates on the 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 Washington County’s local priorities, including: $26 million in Highway User Revenues for the county for FY 2019 – FY 2024, which includes an additional $2.4 million grant recently awarded by the governor. Because Washington County officials signed the HUR grant applications at the Maryland Association of Counties Summer Conference in Ocean City, the county received those funds two weeks early.

MDOT MTA makes a significant investment in Washington County through inter-city bus service, Commuter Bus service, and by providing $2.1 million in operating and capital grants to support the local community. This includes two replacement buses and ongoing preventive maintenance. Additionally, $636,000 is given to nonprofit organizations that provide important transportation services to seniors and people with disabilities in the county.

Secretary Rahn also touted 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 FY 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.

At BWI Marshall, Secretary Rahn highlighted 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 July set passenger records in 36 of the previous 37 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 major projects and system preservation projects in Washington County, including the upgrading and widening of Interstate 81 from US 11 in West Virginia to MD 63/MD 68 in Maryland. The $103 million project, which began in the fall of 2016, also includes widening and upgrading the bridges over the Potomac River, as well as the bridges over MD 63/MD 68. West Virginia will reimburse MDOT for $38 million of the total cost for widening I-81 on its side of the bridge. The project is on schedule and expected to be completed in 2020.

MDOT SHA also is studying possible improvements at the I-70/MD 65 interchange. The project would reduce congestion and increase capacity.

A rehabilitation project on the westbound Interstate 70 bridge over Interstate 81 was completed and the bridge is now open to traffic. Bridge projects in the design phase include MD 56 over I-70, MD 68 over Western Branch, and US 11 over the Potomac River.

MDOT SHA recently patched, paved and restriped a 1.5-mile stretch of I-68 near Sideling Hill. Crews also are patching, paving and restriping a 5.5-mile stretch of westbound I-70 in Big Pool and Hancock.

Locally, MDOT SHA worked closely with the town of Keedysville on a project that will improve pedestrian safety along Main Street. The project began over the summer and includes construction of ADA-compliant sidewalks and sidewalk ramps, along with pedestrian lighting. It is expected to be completed by the fall of 2019.

The City of Hagerstown was awarded $156,000 in Safe Routes to School funding for pedestrian improvements. Since 2015, Hagerstown has been awarded $1.06 million in Transportation Alternatives and Safe Routes to School funding.

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 applauded Washington County for adopting its own highway safety plan. Maryland experienced 558 roadway fatalities in 2017. The state’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan aims to help target the most common causes of roadway fatalities in Maryland: impaired driving; speeding; not wearing seat belts; distracted driving; and not using crosswalks. Residents were encouraged to sign Secretary Rahn’s Traffic Safety Pledge, at

Officials and residents met today at the Washington County Library in Hagerstown. The meeting was the ninth 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 a complete list of the CTP Tour Schedule with dates, times and locations visit: To view the Draft CTP, visit:

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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