Frederick County Officials, MDOT Discuss Transportation Priorites, Projects

State and local Frederick County officials met with Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn and his Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) team this week to discuss the State’s Consolidated Transportation Plan (CTP) and county priorities. This is one of several county meetings that take place each year as MDOT finalizes its budget.

As reported by the Frederick News-Post,

This year’s Maryland Department of Transportation draft budget includes $2.3 million in construction funding to replace the Md. 75 (Green Valley Road) bridge over Haines Branch. It also includes $5 million to engineer improvements to U.S. 15 and U.S. 40 from I-70 to Md. 26.

Officials expressed their appreciation for projects that have been incorporated into the CTP and shared many other county transportation needs and developments.

County Executive Jan Gardner shared with Rahn other transportation needs in the county, such as construction funding for improvements to U.S. 15 through Frederick, widening Md. 194 near Walkersville from Md. 26 to Devilbiss Bridge Road, and Md. 180 improvements from Solarex Court to the relocated Butterfly Lane.

“That is our worst arterial congestion in the county,” Gardner said.

Gardner also shared developments in the county’s transit system, which include getting funding for five refurbished electric buses and the taxi access program, which will offer elderly or disabled TransIT-plus users discount vouchers for taxicabs.

Delegate Carol Krimm shared with the secretary the Bus on Shoulders proposal, which would allow buses to use the shoulder at certain points on I-270.

County Councilman Jerry Donald called for improvements on smaller roads. “We have a lot of little local roads that are still at 1950s standards,” he said.

During a September 30 meeting with MACo’s Legislative Committee, Secretary Rahn shared that an eight-year phase-in at 2.5% a year has been built into the CTP to bring local governments back to the historical 70% state/30% local government share of HUR.The restoration of local transportation funding is a MACo priority for the 2016 General Assembly Session.

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