Consolidated Transportation Program and the Priority Letter

Every year Howard County updates the County’s list of transportation priorities for the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT)'s Consolidated Transportation Program. The list, also known as the Priority Letter, is developed based on input from the public, county staff as well as elected and appointed officials. The update is sent to the Maryland Secretary of Transportation, along with project questionnaires. 

Following receipt of the letter and the scores, the Maryland Department of Transportation evaluates the projects in the letter to assist the state in updating the Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP) a six-year capital budget for State transportation projects. The CTP includes capital projects that are generally new, expanded or significantly improved facility or service that may involve planning, environmental studies, design, right-of-way acquisition, construction or the purchase of essential equipment related to the facility or service.

In the fall of each year, MDOT officials visit each county, either in person or virtually, to present the CTP to residents and elected officials.

In 2022, the meeting will be held in person at the George Howard Building in the Banneker Room at 6 PM, September 29 (3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City MD 21043)

The Draft Consolidated Transportation Program for FY 2023 - FY 2028 is available on the MDOT website at:

The MDOT Priority Letter website has archived statewide priority letters since 2007, including Howard County's. 

More detail about recent Howard County priority letters is available below.


FY 2023 - FY 2028 Priority Letter

Howard County's priority letter process for FY 2023 - FY 2028 is now completed. The signed priority letter and public presentation materials can be viewed below:

Signed Priority Letter for FY 2023-2028

Public Meeting Video

​Public Meeting Presentation

Interactive Map (Showing Project Location and Information)

For additional background, links to information for prior years' letters follow below. 

Previous Priority Letters
2017 Priority Letter

To read a copy of the Survey results please click the following link: here

To review the 2017 Priority Letter please click here.

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