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Maryland Department of Transportation to hold annual meeting Sept. 29 at North Laurel Community Center

September 21, 2016

Media Contact:
Mark Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman announced today that the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) will hold its annual Howard County Consolidated Transportation Plan meeting on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. at the North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road in Laurel.

The meeting is part of an annual tour to update local officials and the public on the state’s six-year capital investment program. Deputy Transportation Secretary Jim Ports will lead the meeting and will use the public’s input to help draft MDOT’s six-year capital budget.

“This meeting gives residents the opportunity to ask state officials to prioritize state road projects that would benefit us here in Howard County,” said Kittleman. “Improvements to transportation needs in Howard County often require significant state investment. This is our chance to let the state know how it can best help us.”

State officials will also answer questions related to Chapter 36, a new law that requires the scoring and ranking of major construction projects before they can be added to the Consolidated Transportation Program next year. The state conducts similar sessions in the state’s other 22 counties and Baltimore City during the fall.

MDOT will present a final budget to the Maryland General Assembly in January. The current six-year draft is scheduled to invest $14.4 billion in the state’s transportation network. Above and beyond this funding, the state is investing another $1.99 billion in toll roads and bridges over the same time period.