The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration’s (MDOT SHA) MD 404 highway widening project, which was completed on-time and on budget in just 18 months, received the America’s Transportation Award sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), Socrata, AAA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The $158 million project was chosen as the best in the northeastern states in the Quality of Life/Community Development Category for medium projects (costing between $25-$200 million). The award recognizes the project’s safety enhancements, as well as overall improved operations and congestion relief.
“State DOTs are committed to making America safer, better and stronger by improving connections between communities both large and small, urban and rural,” said John Schroer, president of AASHTO and commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Transportation, in a press release. “The transportation projects in this competition are part of a national multimodal network that is moving millions of people and tons of goods where they need to go every day.”
In 2015, Gov. Hogan directed MDOT SHA to improve safety, reduce congestion, and improve MD 404 between US 50 and the Town of Denton by Thanksgiving 2017, and the agency delivered by opening the 11.3-mile four-lane divided highway with median and shoulders as promised.
“The American’s Transportation Award for MD 404 is a testament to the dedication, determination and ingenuity of the project team, who exemplify MDOT SHA’s commitment to bring transformative change and a positive customer experience to all Maryland travelers,” said MDOT SHA Administrator Greg Slater, in the press release. “At MDOT SHA, we are becoming a national leader in transportation by challenging the status quo, embracing innovation and modernization, and delivering real, lasting results.”
The video below highlights details of the project.