By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor, ARTBA
Maryland early next year will invest an additional $890 million to extend northbound I-95 Express Toll Lanes by more than 10 miles, a state transportation official said June 15 at the latest MWRTBA breakfast briefing.
William Pines, director of the Engineering and Construction Office at the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), said Gov. Larry Hogan (R) the same day was making the same announcement about the project’s expansion from Baltimore County to Harford County. The original $210 million express lane project was announced in 2017.
Pines also said progress on replacement of the 75-year old Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge continued, with two recent pre-solicitation conferences for interested parties of the $765 million design-build project. An award is expected in October 2019, with construction slated for early 2020. The three top project goals are cost, schedule to minimize construction length, and safety.
The MDTA is the state’s tolling authority, responsible for constructing, managing and operating eight toll facilities in the state including two turnpikes, two tunnels and four bridges.
The event also celebrated the group’s executive director, Michael Sakata, who is leaving MWRTBA and ARTBA to be president of the Maryland Transportation Builders & Materials Association (MTBMA), ARTBA’s state chapter affiliate in Glen Burnie.
The next MWRTBA breakfast briefing will be held on Thursday, Aug. 30 at 9 a.m. For more details visit the MWRTBA website.