State awarded $10M for Route 175 expansion near Fort Meade

Base realignment and growth has driven area congestion

September 09, 2014|By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

The Maryland Department of Transportation has been awarded $10 million in federal funding to widen a stretch of Route 175 in Anne Arundel County that is contributing to congestion around an expanding Fort Meade.

The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery or TIGER grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will be used to widen the heavily-used corridor between Disney and Reece roads, U.S. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, both Maryland Democrats, announced Tuesday.

The stretch of road identified under the grant serves a major entrance gate to the fort, which has expanded in recent years under the federal Base Realignment and Closure process to support a residential and employee population of some 56,000 people.

The funding continues a half decade of investments along the corridor in Anne Arundel and Howard counties, including closer to its intersection with Route 295. It furthers the goal of expanding the road from an undivided two-lane road to a divided six-lane corridor supported by trails, sidewalks and on-road bike facilities.

In a statement, Mikulski called the federal grant a "linchpin for a thriving but congested region" of the state.

"This public investment in Fort Meade and surrounding communities is about jobs, jobs, jobs," Mikulski said. "I fought in the Senate to BRAC-proof Maryland's bases, and now I'm fighting to BRAC-ready Maryland's transportation."

Cardin, in his own statement, said such investments in the nation's "aging and overwhelmed transportation infrastructure" support economic and national security.

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