Van Hollen, Mikulski, Leggett Mark Completion of Seven Transportation Projects Paid for with Recovery Act Funds
Today Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, and Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (all D-MD) marked the completion of a road repaving project that improved more than 43 miles of seven roadways using $6.744 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding. The funds for this project employed 50 people; 47 by the paving contractor and people and three contract inspectors hired by the County. The selected roads were designated as high priority projects by the County’s Department of Transportation (MCDOT) because of their deteriorated condition.
“With almost three million jobs saved or created, the Recovery Act continues to pay dividends in our community and across the country,” said Congressman Chris Van Hollen. “The completion of these much-needed repair projects means safer, more efficient roads in Montgomery County. I will continue to work with local, state, and federal partners to ensure Maryland has a 21st century transportation system that reduces congestion, modernizes all aspects of our infrastructure, and provides communities with more options for safe walking and biking.”
“We are grateful to President Obama, our Federal delegation – Senators Mikulski and Cardin and U.S. Representatives Van Hollen and Edwards -- the Federal Highway Administration and the Maryland State Highway Administration for the economic stimulus package that has given a boost to our local economy,” said County Executive Leggett. “ARRA is working in Montgomery County – and the result is greater investment in our transportation infrastructure. The County received nearly $168 million in ARRA funding for a variety of projects, including more than $15 million for transportation projects and the purchase of new Ride On buses. With these ARRA funds, we are building a more sustainable future with economic development opportunities, green jobs and improved technologies.”
“A reliable and well maintained infrastructure is vital to create jobs today in construction and jobs tomorrow through economic growth,” said Senator Barbara Mikulski. “Smart funding for Maryland’s highways and byways, ports and bridges is laying the groundwork for our future. I am proud to put funds in the federal checkbook to improve safety and ease congestion throughout Montgomery County. These investments in our businesses and communities follow through on my commitment to stand up for jobs and improve the quality of life for all Marylanders.”
For the seven repaving projects, the Division of Highway Services (DHS) removed and replaced defective curbs, gutters, sidewalks and pavement surfaces; patched pavement; and installed pavement line markings and raised, reflective pavement markers.
The following were repaved:
“Maintaining our road network is a fundamental government responsibility, a responsibility that was recognized by the Obama Administration and Congress in providing us with these critical needed funds,” said County Council President Roger Berliner. “With the help of the federal government, we have been able to improve the quality of life for our residents.”
MCDOT’s other ARRA funding went to the Division of Traffic Engineering (DTE) and the Division of Transit Services (DTS).
DTE received nearly $1.75 million for four projects to improve traffic flow and traffic and pedestrian safety to:
DTS received $6.55 million to replace existing buses with 12 energy efficient, diesel-electric hybrids and one clean diesel bus, which have been in service since November 2011. DTS also received $350,000 to purchase new bid/dispatch software that is increasing efficiency in managing work assignments and daily dispatching.
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