Maryland governor announces $1.97 billion for highways and bridges

HOV 2+ lane on I-270, Maryland, USHOV 2+ lane on I-270, Maryland, US

Maryland will see $1.97 billion provided for 84 highway and bridge projects across the state, with the majority of the total being used for new projects.

Gov. Larry Hogan announced June 25 that of the $1.35 billion going toward new projects, $845 million will be dedicated to major projects and $500 million will be used for improvement projects.

“This investment not only will move long-awaited highway projects into construction, so that Maryland families and businesses will benefit from safer, smoother roads, but also it will address every single structurally deficient bridge in the state,” Hogan said. “Building, maintaining, and fixing Maryland’s roads and bridges is a top priority of our administration.”

The plan breaks out like this:

  • $790 million for 10 projects that support economic development
  • $250 million to repave 1,959 lane miles of highway
  • $355 million to improve safety in 25 locations
  • $25 million to fix drainage and keep roads from flooding in 10 locations
  • $355 million for 13 projects to improve traffic flow
  • $195 million to repair 26 bridges

The amount for 26 bridges is being combined with an existing amount of $830.7 million to repair 70 structurally deficient bridges as well as maintain existing bridges.

The major projects, totaling $845 million, include:

  • Maryland 404 – widening MD 404 from two to four lanes with a median from U.S. 50 to the Denton Bypass
  • Interstate 270 – implementing Innovative Congestion Reduction Strategies
  • U.S. 113 – widening U.S. 113 from two to four lanes with a median from Five Mile Branch Road to north of Public Landing Road
  • U.S. 219 – upgrading U.S. 219 north of I-68 and building a new interchange at I-68
  • MD 175/MD 295 – reconstructing the MD 175/MD 295 interchange to improve access to Fort George G. Meade
  • U.S. 50 – reconfiguring traffic lanes along U.S. 50 eastbound over Severn River Bridge to provide an additional lane to reduce congestion
  • I-95/I-495 – upgrading the existing partial interchange at the Greenbelt Metro Station to a full interchange to support the proposed Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters
  • U.S. 1 – reconstructing U.S. 1 to a four-lane divided highway with a median and bicycle/pedestrian safety improvements from College Avenue to MD 193
  • MD 140 – widening Northbound MD 140 (Reisterstown Road) to add a third lane from Painters Mill to Garrison View Road
  • MD 2/4 – widening MD 2/4 to provide a third through lane and auxiliary lanes in each direction from north of Stoakley Road to south of MD 765A
  • MD 5 – improving the intersection at MD 5 (Point Lookout Road) and Moakley Street/Abell Street
  • MD 5 – improving safety along Point Lookout Road from Camp Brown Road to Ranger Station
  • MD 85/I-270 – reconstructing the I-270/MD 85 interchange to reduce congestion and upgrade structurally deficient bridges