ROAD/BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION: Maryland announces 10 projects covered by gas-tax increase

Eight involve road/bridge work, while other two cover transit

May 17, 2013

The gas-tax increase in Maryland will be gradual, starting in July and ending three years later, but is expected to generate $1.2 billion in transportation improvements over the next six years.

The first phase of the spike will be 4 cents a gal, and when it is over Maryland’s gas tax will sit at 19.5 cents. The move will pay for weekend MARC service between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and officials recently released a list of nine other projects it will fund:

  • $60 million for the reconstruction and bridge replacement of the I-695 Leeds Avenue Interchange in Baltimore County;
  • $49 million to widen U.S. 29 northbound to three lanes near S.R. 175 and create sound walls in Howard County;
  • $450 million for final design of extending the Red Line from Baltimore County through the city of Baltimore and creating a Purple Line in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties;
  • $44 million for road improvements near Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County;
  • $82 million to construct U.S. 15 and Monocacy Blvd. Interchange in Frederick County;
  • $20 million to design a new Thomas Johnson Bridge across the Patuxent River in southern Maryland;
  • $54 million for a new interchange at U.S. 301 and S.R. 304 in Queen Anne’s County;
  • $125 million to build a I-270 interchange at Watkins Mill Road in Montgomery County; and
  • $100 million to build a new interchange at Indian Head Highway and Livingston Road in Prince George’s County.