Governor Larry Hogan and the U.S. Department of Interior have a general agreement to pass partial ownership of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (I-295) to Maryland, according to Eye on Annapolis.
Today’s progress is critical to the success of our Traffic Relief Plan for the state. We look forward to working with Secretary Zinke and the Department of the Interior to conduct the necessary studies and surveys that we hope will ultimately allow for Maryland to take ownership of a portion of I-295 in order to move forward with our plan to relieve traffic congestion for our region.
– Governor Larry Hogan
The section of road in question runs through Prince George’s County and Anne Arundel County. This part of the parkway currently belongs to the National Park Services.
This move to take control of a part of the B-W Parkway is part of the Hogan administration $9 billion Traffic Relief Plan.
This transfer and the relief plan aim to lower Maryland’s rank as the state with the second-longest commuting times in the country.
After a 2017 meeting with Secretary Zinke, Hogan and MDOT officials decided to move forward with negotiations to secure the section. Once the transfer takes place, Maryland will build, operate, and maintain new lanes, hopefully, alleviating traffic and commuting times.