MDOT makes annual stop in Dorchester
CAMBRIDGE — A team from the Maryland Department of Transportation, on their annual tour of counties, made their stop in Dorchester County on Tuesday, Nov. 7.
At the regular meeting of the Dorchester County Council, Deputy Transportation Secretary Jim Ports presented an update on the recent MDOT investments in Dorchester and statewide, as well as an overview of the Hogan Administration’s draft of the fiscal year 2018-2023 Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP).
“The annual CTP Tour lets us engage with our customers about their transportation priorities,” Ports said. “We actively dialogue with Marylanders throughout the year, and this lets us talk face-to-face with them about transportation issues that are important to us all.”
For Dorchester County projects, Ports mentioned the nearly complete roundabout installed on state Route 16 at Woods Road in Cambridge, and the $1.6 million dollar resurfacing project spanning the section of U.S. Route 50 between Bucktown and Austin roads. A $2.2 million dollar drainage improvement project on state Route 16 from state Route 335 to Brannocks Neck Road is in the design phase, with an expected timeline from fall 2018 to winter 2019/2020.
Concerns were expressed about the Hoopers Island causeway, and MDOT has assisted the county with examining the structure by sending engineers and officials to help move forward with a plan to repair the area.
Other state officials in attendance included Government Affairs Director Jeff Tosi; Motor Vehicle Administration Field Operations Director Rhashad Johnson; Maryland Transit Administration Local Transit Support Deputy Director Jeannie Fazio; State Highway Administration District Engineer Jay Meredith; Maryland Port Administration Harbor Development Director Chris Correale; Maryland Aviation Administration Regional Aviation Assistance Director Ashish Solanki; and Maryland Transportation Authority Government Relations Manager Michele Gross.
Also espoused were the new records made by the Port of Baltimore and BaltimoreWashington International Airport. FY17 saw the most containers ever handled by the Port of Baltimore, 10.3 million tons of general cargo, and it remains first in the nation for auto and roll on/roll off machinery with business up by 10 percent. M and M Refrigeration and RAR Brewing are two companies here in Dorchester that rely on the Port of Baltimore to conduct business.
BWI added service to new markets, and serviced a record 25.7 million travelers in FY17. The airport has set 26 straight monthly passenger records, indicating strong growth.
A Tier 1 National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) study of location and funding options for a third Chesapeake Bay crossing began in January 2017 and will take up to 48 months to complete. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, MDTA will host an online meeting about the Bay Crossing Study at http://baycrossingstudy.com/.
Bridges and overpasses have also been a priority for the Hogan Administration. Of the
There were 69 structurally deficient bridges identified in June 2015, 41 have been rehabilitated or replaced and are no longer structurally deficient. The remaining 28 are in various stages of design and are actively moving toward construction or repair.
Since Gov. Larry Hogan took office, many state agencies have placed a new emphasis on customer service. Within MDOT, improved customer service has led to, among other things, shorter wait times at MVA offices, more services added at these offices, and a new website www.mdotonestopshop.maryland.gov.
For more about MDOT projects and the CTP, visit www. mdot.maryland.gov.