In the News – Maryland Public Works Approves “Monumental” Traffic Relief Plan

On January 8, Maryland’s Board of Public Works (BPW) approved amendments to the conditional Public-Private Partnership (P3) attached to Governor Larry Hogan’s $9 billion Traffic Relief Plan. Passage of the amendments was touted as a “monumental and historic achievement,” by Gov. Hogan.

The BPW also approved implementing Maryland and Virginia’s historic ‘Capital Beltway Accord’ to build a new American Legion Bridge.

The bi-partisan Traffic Relief Plan aims to improve congestion in the Washington Capitol Region–the second worst traffic congestion in the United States. The first section to be delivered under Phase 1 will be along I-495 from south of the George Washington Memorial Parkway to I-270 and along I-270 from I-495 to I-370. The remaining phases will be solicited at a later date.

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Boosting Opportunity Zone Investment Through USDOT’s New Interactive Map

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently launched an interactive map designed to boost investment in underserved rural and urban communities nationwide. The map provides information about the location and characteristics of significant transportation-related facilities located in or near Opportunity Zones.

“Opportunity Zones have the potential to increase job creation in underserved communities, especially in rural areas, and the Department is working to ensure there are transportation links to opportunity zones,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

The interactive maps illustrate data sets for:

The Department’s interactive map illustrates data sets for:

  • Major Federal Highway Projects
  • Interstate Exits
  • National Highway System Bridges
  • Intercity Bus Stations
  • Commuter/Light Rail Stations
  • Amtrak (Stations, Industrial Properties)
  • Intermodal Rail Facilities
  • Intermodal Marine Facilities
  • Major Ports
  • Airports
  • National Highway System
  • Rail Sidings

The DOT press release provides additional information. Read about it HERE.