$25M Road Grants – County Applications Due August 30

The Maryland Department of Transportation is making $4 million in grants available to Maryland counties, $2 million to Baltimore City, and $19 million to municipalities for roadway improvements. This Special Fund appropriation was included in the Budget Bill for Fiscal Year 2017, SB190, to supplement highway user revenues.

This supplemental amount is analogous to similar add-on distributions provided for in the fiscal 2016 budget. While the proposed fiscal 2017 budget included a meaningful increase in highway user revenues, the Maryland General Assembly’s final action was to merely “flat fund” the same amount as last year.

To accept the grant funds, local government officials must sign and return the one-page Transportation Grant Application Form no later than August 30, 2016.

According to the Maryland Department of Transportation press release, Governor Hogan stated,

One of my top priorities is investing in roads and bridges across the state. This funding is essential for local jurisdictions that depend on them for many long-overdue local road projects.
Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn stated,
We encourage you to get your applications in quickly so we can get this funding in your hands where it can make a difference for all Marylanders across the state.

Read Conduit Street’s previous coverage on the rise and fall of highway user revenues here.