Resurfacing I-83 among projects proposed for transportation funding

January 30, 1998|By Melody Simmons | Melody Simmons,SUN STAFF

Gov. Parris N. Glendening has unveiled $281 million in proposed transportation projects, including resurfacing part of Interstate 83, construction of interchanges at U.S. 29 and Route 216 in Howard County and widening gridlocked Route 2 in Anne Arundel County.

The funds, which would have to be approved by the General Assembly as part of the $5 billion state transportation budget, would pay for road and highway, airport and port projects through 2003.

Many of the projects formally outlined Wednesday had been announced by Glendening in appearances across the state in the past month. He said the funding will ensure safer roads and more efficient travel on Maryland's highways -- and lead to further economic development.

The Maryland Department of Transportation's six-year capital program also includes a new bridge over Elk Creek in Cecil County; a streetscape improvement of Frederick Road in Catonsville; and conversion of Route 113 in Worcester County to a four-lane divided highway to help ease traffic jams on the Eastern Shore.

In Baltimore County, repaving the heavily traveled I-83 corridor from Middletown to Shawan roads will cost $2.7 million, and the widening of Route 2 in Anne Arundel County is expected to cost $21.6 million.

Glendening also has proposed spending $72.5 million to expand domestic travel gates at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, and $11.8 million for a new runway.

A new terminal and hangar at St. Mary's County and Cumberland Regional airports also have been proposed.

In Western Maryland, plans call for an $11.7 million interchange at Interstate 81 and Halfway Boulevard in Washington County.

"We are extremely grateful to the governor for recognizing our need," said Washington County Commissioner Ronald L. Bowers. "This interchange will help take the county well into the 21st century."

Pub Date: 1/30/98

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