MDOT makes an­nual stop in Dorch­ester

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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.

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