TRIP, a Washington, DC based national transportation research organization, released a report today that identifies and ranks Maryland’s most needed transportation projects. The projects identified are crucial to improving economic growth and quality of life in Maryland.
“The newly released TRIP economic report is further proof of the need for additional funding to appropriately address Maryland transportation needs,” Maryland Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs Allyson Black said. “Investing in our transportation infrastructure will create jobs, help keep Maryland competitive and enhance mobility and quality of life in the state.”
The most needed transportation improvements in Maryland include projects to build, expand or modernize the state’s highways, bridges and transit systems. According to TRIP, the top ten most needed projects for Maryland’s economic growth are:
1. Widening of I-95/I-495 in Prince Georges and Montgomery Counties
2. Replacing the Governor Nice Bridge in Charles County
3. Widening and bridge rehabilitation and replacement on I-695 in Baltimore
4. Construction of the Purple Line from Bethesda to New Carrolton
5. Widening and Interchanges on MD 5 in Prince George’s County
6. Widening MD 295 from four lanes to six
7. Red Line Light Rail Transitway from Woodlawn to Bayview Medical Center
8. Widening US 29 Northbound
9. Interchange construction at MD 97 and MD 28 in Montgomery County
10.Interchange construction at MD 210 in Prince George’s County
“Investing in these transportation projects will be key to long term economic growth and quality of life in Maryland,” said Will Wilkins, executive director of TRIP. “Private sector jobs will be created in the short term, resulting in infrastructure improvements that the state’s residents, businesses and tourists can use for decease.”
View the entire TRIP study online here.