The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is making a record breaking investment to fix infrastructure throughout Western Maryland. Several of the projects are in Frederick County.
MDOT's six-year plan to fix infrastructure calls for $19.9 billion in order to develop infrastructure, expand transit, and support economic recovery rate throughout Maryland.
The agency was looking at investing in state toll roads. Frederick County was high on the list of areas to fix.
“We thank the secretary for funding the US15 project through the city of Frederick, but then of course we advocated for what we want to next,” said County Executive Jan Gardner to DCNewsNow.com.
The infrastructure that Frederick County needs fixed is:
- The widening of US15- to 3 lanes in each direction
- Phase 4 of the i-70 project, where I-270 merges to Mount Phillip Road
- The Maryland 85 project, which makes improvements to the state highway
- More funding for transit plus- a transportation service that helps seniors and people with disabilities
- Rural transit and more bikeways and trails
“One thing to look forward to like in the very immediate future as we’re wrapping up the construction of the I-270, Maryland 85 interchange in February. We’re going through the final paving right now switching traffic and final configuration here in the coming weeks,” said Andrew Radcliffe, Acting District 7 Engineer for MDOT, State Highway Administration.
A group of Libertytown residents requested funding for more sidewalks and a connector road that would decrease traffic on route 26.
Construction on US 15 is expected to start in 2025.