I-95 interchange options to be presented at public meeting
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— The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) will be hosting another public meeting on a new Interstate 95 interchange to serve Principio Business Park on Jan. 17, but this time the meeting will focus on possibilities.
Last month, federal officials announced $20 million in funding for a new interchange to the interstate highway near Belvidere Road. The estimated total cost for the project is $54 million, but a deal brokered between the state, federal government and owner of the business park would mean that Cecil County would pay as little as $1 million.
But before work can start, the MDTA and the Federal Highway Administration have to conduct a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) study to identify potential improvements for truck access to the interstate highway and planned development of Principio Business Park. Specific focus will be on the 7.6-mile stretch of I-95 between the Route 222 and the Route 272 interchanges.
In the meantime, the MDTA and the federal transportation officials set a public hearing to show people what road improvement options are on the table. Unlike the previous public meeting that was held in August, MDTA Public Affairs Manager John Sales explained this one will show examples of what could happen.
“The meeting in August showed what we would be looking at with the NEPA, and this meeting will show different interchange options we’re considering,” he told the Whig. “Of course, one
option with the NEPA is a nobuild alternative as well.”
Eight different interchange options will be presented, as well as a transportation management alternative, which takes a broader look at the roadway improvements which could include traffic signals and turn lanes. There will be no formal presentation, although people can review displays about the project at their leisure.
“We’re really hoping people come out and share their thoughts about it since we had such great turnout at the first open house and had fantastic comments,” Sales said. “With the draft NEPA study coming out in spring 2019, we’ll host another hearing in the summer.”
The open house is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Perryville Community Fire Company, located at 920 Principio Furnace Road in Perryville. The meeting would be postponed to Jan. 24 in case Cecil County Public Schools are closed due to snow.
Upon request, special accommodations or an interpreter can be provided. Requests can be made to Melissa Bogdan at 410-5375675 or mbog[email protected] maryland.gov no later than three business days before the meeting.
More information on the I-95 interchange project can be found at mdta.maryland. gov/Capital_Projects/I-95_ At_Belvidere_Road_Study/ Home.
This map shows the area of the NEPA study, which must be done before any work is done on the proposed I-95 interchange.