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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 30, 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 CALVERT COUNTY
AS PART OF ANNUAL STATEWIDE TOUR

TO DISCUSS TRANSPORTATION PRIORITIES

Transportation Secretary Announced Local Grants and Key Project Updates

(Prince Frederick, MD) – Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn today met with Calvert 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; District Manager Paul Taylor from the MDOT Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA); 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); Regional Aviation Assistance Director Ashish Solanki from the MDOT Maryland Aviation Administration (MDOT MAA); and Executive Director Kevin Reigrut 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 Calvert County’s local priorities, including: $11.3 million in Highway User Revenues for the county for fiscal 2019–2024, which includes an additional $975,000 grant recently awarded by the governor; and highway safety grants funded through MDOT MVA, including $25,000 for the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office and $5,100 for the Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse. Because Calvert County officials signed the HUR grant application at the Maryland Association of Counties Summer Conference, the county received those funds two weeks early.

MDOT MTA makes a significant investment in Calvert County through the operation of five Commuter Bus routes and by providing $775,797 in operating and capital grants to support the local transit system. This funding includes: the replacement and enhancement of buses; ongoing preventative maintenance; and Rideshare program funds. In September, MDOT MTA deployed mobile ticketing for Commuter Bus routes to provide more fare options to riders.

Additionally, $56,000 in fiscal 2018–2019 funding is provided to nonprofits that serve the transportation needs of seniors and people with disabilities in the county.

MDOT MTA supports the county’s top transit priority, a new transfer station, by partnering with the county to continue using $2 million of existing state funding for planning work. A site location, at Armory Road, has now been confirmed and design and engineering work is anticipated to start this fall, with construction scheduled for 2019.

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 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 Calvert County.

MDOT SHA continues to replace the structurally deficient MD 261 Bridge over Fishing Creek. The $30 million project will be complete in the spring of 2019. MDOT SHA also began construction last spring on a $47 million widening project on MD 2/4 from Fox Run Boulevard to Commerce Lane in Prince Frederick, including access to the county-sponsored Armory Square development. The project is on schedule and should be complete by the summer of 2019.

In addition, MDOT SHA this fiscal year will complete more than $17 million in roadway surface improvements, $550,000 in guardrail improvements, and $250,000 in pedestrian mobility and safety improvements within Calvert County.

MDOT SHA also recently completed a concept study to provide a two-way left-turn lane along MD 231 from Toye Lane to Mason Road. Design funding was approved for fiscal 2021.

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 Calvert County for taking the first steps toward creating its own highway safety plan. 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, found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MDOTsafetypledge.

Officials and residents met today at the county courthouse in Prince Frederick. The meeting was the 17th stop on the annual tour, 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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