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October 30, 2018

MDOT Public Affairs

Erin Henson, 410-865-1025

Brandi Bottalico, 410-865-1030



Transportation Secretary Announced Local Grants and Key Project Updates

(Leonardtown, MD) – Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn today met with St. Mary’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: Secretary Rahn; District Manager Paul Taylor from the MDOT Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA); Regional Aviation Assistance Director Ashish Solanki from the MDOT Maryland Aviation Administration (MDOT MAA); Local Transit Support Director Travis Johnston from the MDOT Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA); Administrator Greg Slater and District Engineer Corren Johnson from the MDOT State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA); and Project Planning and Program Development Director Melissa Williams from the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA).

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 St. Mary's County’s local priorities, including: $11.5 million in Highway User Revenues for the county for fiscal 2019–2024, which includes an additional $957,000 in grants recently awarded by the governor; and highway safety grants funded through MDOT MVA, including $41,500 for the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office and $21,194.80 for the St. Mary’s County Circuit Court. Because St. Mary’s 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 St. Mary’s County through the operation of four Commuter Bus routes and by providing $1.06 million in operating and capital grants to support the local transit system. Local transit funding includes the replacement of three medium-duty bus replacements, ongoing preventive maintenance, and the Rideshare program. Additionally, $52,000 in funding will be provided to nonprofits that serve the transportation needs of seniors and people with disabilities in the county.

Secretary Rahn 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 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 updates on important major projects and system preservation projects in St. Mary’s County.

Last Fall, MDOT SHA completed construction of a $5.4 million roundabout at the intersection of MD 234 and MD 242 in Clements. In the spring of 2018, MDOT SHA began constructing an access road extending Old Pine Court through Woodland Acres to MD 235 in California. The project costs $1.8 million and is set to be completed in the summer of 2019.

Additionally, MDOT SHA began utility relocations in the spring of 2018 associated with the $11 million intersection safety improvement project along MD 5 at Abell and Moakley streets in Leonardtown. The project is set to be complete in the fall of 2021.

MDOT SHA is about to begin work on a $26 million improvement project on MD 5 near Point Lookout State Park. MD 5 will be reconstructed to include an 11-foot lane with an 8-foot shoulder in both directions between Camp Brown Road and the park entrance. These improvements will increase safety for thousands of visitors to the park each year.

St. Mary’s County was awarded $3.5 million in Transportation Alternatives funding to construct Phase 7 of the Three Notch Trail between Franklin Delano Roosevelt Boulevard and the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad. The county will also receive $624,940 in Maryland Bikeways funding for Phase 7 of the project.

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 encouraged St. Mary’s County to develop a highway safety plan or adopt Maryland’s. Maryland experienced 558 roadway fatalities in 2017. The state’s 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. Residents in attendance were urged to sign Secretary Rahn’s Traffic Safety Pledge, located at:

Officials and residents met today at the Chesapeake Building in Leonardtown. The meeting was the 18th 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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