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Hogan Releases $1.2 Million In Highway User Funds To Allegany County

September 18th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

Governor Larry Hogan today announced the administration has awarded $38,390,961 in grants for local roads in municipalities and counties from Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore. The grants are awarded by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) to jurisdictions based on the state’s formula for the distribution of Highway User Revenues (HURs).

Locally, the rounded numbers shake out as follows:

Allegany County:  $220,000

Barton:  $17,000, Cumberland $668,000, Frostburg $185,000, Lonaconing $32,000, Luke $5,000, Midland $15,000, Westernport $67,000

“Since the beginning of our administration, we have been committed to rebuilding Maryland’s infrastructure and investing in roads and bridges across the state,” said Governor Hogan. “Local jurisdictions rely on these critical funds to address long-overdue projects that will make our roads more reliable and get Marylanders moving again.”

The $38.4 million in grants are in addition to the estimated $177 million in Highway User Revenues that Maryland counties and municipalities are set to receive in fiscal year 2018. These new funds for local roads are above and beyond Maryland’s current $8 billion six-year investment in state roads and bridges.

Across the state, from the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore and the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to highways and toll facilities, there are nearly 1,000 projects totaling nearly $9 billion currently under construction. For the past three years, Governor Hogan has fought to return HURs to past levels after they were severely reduced by the previous administration. Despite these efforts, the Maryland General Assembly has significantly and consistently refused to approve the funding.

“We thank municipalities for submitting their applications in a timely fashion, so we can get them funding that will make a difference across the state,” said Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn.

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