Masonville Cove study, funding updates to MD 32 and MD 175 (2017-2020 TIP Amendments)
The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) welcomed comments from Wednesday, November 9, through Monday, December 12, 2016on updates to the 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for:
- Masonville Cove Multimodal Transportation Feasibility study
- MD 32: Linden Church Road to I-70 Capacity and Safety Improvements project
- MD 175: National Business Parkway to McCarron Court Roadway widening project
ABOUT THE TIP
The 2017-2020 TIP is the list of regional transportation projects requesting federal funding in the near term. It includes more than $2.71 billion in proposed federal, state and local money for highway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects during the next four years. The funding goes towards maintaining, operating and expanding the transportation system. The TIP is fiscally constrained.
Amendments occur to the 2017-2020 TIP because of changes to project scope and funding or changes to federal documentation policies. Public comment periods and meetings aim to keep communication open regarding these changes.
MASONVILLE COVE MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION FEASIBILITY STUDY
The Maryland Port Administration requests of the BRTB to update the 2017-2020 TIP to include a new project, the Masonville Cove Multimodal Transportation Feasibility study (TIP ID # 32-1701-03).
Major road and rail infrastructure makes it difficult for pedestrians and cyclists to access the Masonville Cove Urban Wildlife Refuge from neighboring communities, such as Curtis Bay, Brooklyn and Cherry Hill. The feasibility study will determine options for increasing pedestrian and intermodal access to the refuge.
This amendment provides $153,900 in Federal Highway Administration Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) funds for the preliminary engineering phase of the project.
MD 32: LINDEN CHURCH ROAD TO I-70 CAPACITY AND SAFETY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
The State Highway Administration (SHA) requests of the BRTB to amend the 2017-2020 TIP to include funding updates to the MD 32: Linden Church Road to I-70 Capacity and Safety Improvements project (TIP ID # 66-1703-41). The project will widen MD 32 in both directions from a two-lane roadway to a four-lane roadway.
The amendment will switch right-of-way and construction funds from state-only to federal National Highway Performance Program funds, with matching state funds. Federal funds in the TIP increase by $38 million as a result of this change. However, the estimated total cost does not increase substantially. The estimated total cost will increase from $121.93 million to $123 million primarily because of increases in right-of-way acquisition costs.
MD 175: NATIONAL BUSINESS PARKWAY TO MCCARRON COURT ROADWAY WIDENING PROJECT
SHA requests of the BRTB to amend the 2017-2020 TIP to include funding updates to the MD 175: National Business Parkway to McCarron Court Roadway Widening project (TIP ID # 61-1701-41). The project will improve safety and operations along MD 175 and ease growing congestion related to the BRAC expansion at Fort Meade by widening MD 175 from two lanes to six.
The amendment will decrease right-of-way and construction funding and switch construction funding from state on to Surface Transportation Block Grant Program funds, with matching state funds. Federal funds in the TIP increase by $14.1 million as a result of this change. However, the estimated total cost of the project will decrease from $111.39 million to $86.3 million because of refined cost estimates for construction and right-of-way acquisition.
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
The public review period ran from Wednesday, November 9, through Monday, December 12, 2016. During this time, the BRTB invited the public to learn more and share comments on these projects at the following meetings:
- Wednesday, November 30, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Pratt Free Library* Brooklyn Branch, located at 300 East Patapsco Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21225. The library is transit accessible by the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) bus routes 14, 16, and 64, as well as the Patapsco Avenue Light Rail Stop.
- Wednesday, December 7, 4:30 p.m., at the Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Policy Subcommittee on at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, located at 1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21230. BMC is accessible by MTA bus route 1 and the Charm City Circulator’s Banner Route.
No public comments were received during this comment period.
Comments were also welcomed during the Public Comment Opportunity at the BRTB meetings on Tuesday, November 22 and Tuesday, January 24 December 27 (scheduled vote), at 9 a.m.
*Note: Use of library meeting space does not constitute endorsement of this organization, this program or its content by the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
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