Transportation Secretary Meets with Cecil Officials, Discusses Projects and Concerns

As reported in the Cecil Whig, State transportation officials recently met with officials from Cecil County to discuss projects being funded in the State’s transportation budget and local priority projects and concerns. This meeting is one of many that occur across the State during this time of the year and is part of what is commonly referred to as the “Secretary’s Road Tour.”

Local officials learned Friday that the state’s only major construction project in the next six years in Cecil County is the $15.8 million replacement of the Route 272 bridge over Amtrak going into downtown North East.

However, the state announced various other projects, including nearly $900,000 to plant thousands of trees in state highway right-of-ways in Cecil County next year to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

County officials used the meeting to raise a number of transportation related concerns.

“We want to establish a good collaboration with you,” Cecil County Executive Tari Moore told Smith, noting that they are both new in their jobs this year.

But, Moore wasted no time to clarify the county’s repeated requests for state help with improving three failing major intersections along Route 40.

“The 20-mile break with no MARC service in our county is also unacceptable,” Moore said.

Other concerns raised include issues with communication between the State and the county, and water contamination along Pearce Creek.