Baltimore awarded $1.1 million grant to study Hanover Street corridor

Project one of 72 federal TIGER grant recipients announced Friday

September 12, 2014|By Kevin Rector | The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore has received a $1.1 million federal grant to create a plan for the reconstruction or revitalization of Hanover Street's Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge and other parts of the busy South Baltimore corridor, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The project is one of 72 nationwide that will receive funding under the federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program for 2014, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Friday.

Earlier this week, Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin announced another TIGER project: $10 million for work expanding Route 175 near Fort Meade, which has grown rapidly in recent years thanks to the national base realignment and closure process.

The Baltimore funding will be used to create a "Hanover Street Bridge Multimodal Corridor Plan" that will "identify feasible methods of rehabilitating or replacing Hanover Street Bridge, improve "corridor accessibility and freight access" and highlight ways to "enhance access to economic opportunities and recreational amenities, quality of life, and safety throughout the corridor," according to a Department of Transportation description of the project.

The plan also will "encourage development and private investment in the Middle Branch Waterfront and surrounding area," which in turn will "open up new opportunities to the disadvantaged populations south of the city," the description said.

The nearly 100-year-old bridge connects the downtown area to neighborhoods to the south and to industrial areas critical to the port of Baltimore. Residents have complained about its poor condition for years, including during the recent harsh winter when potholes appeared across its deck surface.

The project description said the full cost of the project is $1.8 million, but did not outline funding sources other than the TIGER grant. It also did not provide a timeline for when the new plan will be completed.

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