Van Hollen, Cardin, Hoyer, Calvert and St. Mary’s county officials are praising more than $400 million in federal infrastructure funding to repair aging bridges across Maryland

May 24, 2022

US Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (all D-Md.) have leased more than $400 million in federal funding to Maryland over the next five years to repair and replace deteriorating bridges in across the state and create well-paying jobs. There are currently 273 bridges in Maryland that have been deemed poor or structurally deficient, including the Thomas Johnson Bridge, which Senator Cardin and Congressman Hoyer visited yesterday. Lawmakers also worked to secure $1 million in direct funding in the fiscal year 2022 funding bill to support the design of the MD 4 widening project and the replacement of the Thomas Johnson Bridge.

Maryland will receive $409,507,880 over the next five years that can be used for projects like the replacement of the Thomas Johnson Bridge. For this year, Maryland received $81,901,576, including $12,285,236 earmarked for bridges not part of the federal highway system, including those owned by counties, cities, towns or other local agencies. This historic federal funding is one of the largest investments ever made to repair and rebuild bridges across the state, including city- and county-owned bridges. Congressional lawmakers fought to provide those funds through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act they helped enact in November 2021.

“Marylanders rely on our bridges every day to get them safely where they need to go, but hundreds of bridges across our state, including the Thomas Johnson, are in dire need of repair,” said Senator Van Hollen. “That’s why I fought to secure $1 million in direct funding for the Thomas Johnson Bridge Replacement Project this year, and why together we worked to pass the Investment and Jobs in infrastructure, which will make long overdue investments in strengthening our bridges across the state. These resources will put people to work in well-paying jobs, make traveling across Maryland safer, and boost our state’s economy.

“The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is a unique opportunity to modernize and transform Maryland’s infrastructure. Maryland led the country through the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, gaining more jobs and more responsibilities under BRAC, but to sustain that progress, we need to make sure our infrastructure is up to snuff. the height of the task. The Maryland team will continue to be a strong federal partner with the State of Maryland and local governments to ensure we have reliable transportation networks statewide,” said Senator Cardin.

“Residents of southern Maryland are rightly concerned about the condition and functionality of the Thomas Johnson Bridge,” said Congressman Hoyer.“Replacing the Thomas Johnson Bridge has been a long-time priority for me, and I’m glad Congress acted last year to pass the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act to help modernize bridges like this across the country. The state should use funds from this act for the Thomas Johnson Bridge so that we can enhance traveler safety and reinvest in the connection between Calvert and St. Mary’s counties.

First opened to traffic in 1977, the bridge – a key link between Calvert and St. Mary’s counties – is in a serious state of disrepair and has been deemed functionally obsolete. Replacing the two-lane bridge has been a top priority for local authorities for years, as the current structure carries over 30,000 vehicles a day and traffic levels are only expected to increase in the coming years. The new bridge is expected to be four-lane, with shoulders and a shared-use path for pedestrians and cyclists. The increased capacity will reduce commuter congestion, facilitate more efficient safety and emergency evacuations, and better serve major employers in the area, including Naval Air Station Patuxent River and Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Generating Station.

“The safety, security, economic well-being and efficiency of Southern Maryland’s transportation rests on Governor Thomas Johnson’s bridge. This bridge is a critical access point for our region and has far exceeded its two-lane capacity. The time has come to replace the bridge; it is vitally important that we get on track to replace this bridge as soon as possible. With the commitment of $1 million in funding from our federal partners to help move the effort forward, we will continue to work with and thank our state legislators for securing the additional funding needed to move this project forward.” , said Calvert County Board of Commissioners Chairman Earl F. “Buddy” Hance.

“In addition to the infrastructure that needs to be repaired and replaced, suicide mitigation measures on the bridge must also be prioritized and considered. We are facing unprecedented mental health challenges for residents of both counties. In recent months, the number of people jumping off the bridge has increased. Public safety repairs and suicide mitigation measures should go hand in hand with this project,” said Randy Guy, chairman of the St. Mary’s County Commission.

“Replacing the Thomas Johnson Bridge has been and remains a high priority for our local governments in Calvert and St. Mary’s counties, as well as the Southern Maryland Tri-County Council. I will continue to do everything possible to encourage the State to respond to this priority. Thank you to our federal officials for their work in addressing these needs and for our partnership at all levels of government to better serve the people of southern Maryland,” said State Senator Jack Bailey.

“The Thomas Johnson Bridge is an integral part of the Calvert and St. Mary’s county workforce. Not only for economic development, but also in the event of an emergency management situation, it is essential that we finance a replacement. Thank you to our federal congressional delegation for your continued support of this project. We will continue to work with MDOT to secure a share of the $400 million needed to ensure safe and easy travel in our region and identify additional sources of funding,” said Delegate Rachel Jones (D-SD-27B), chair of the Regional Infrastructure Advisory Committee.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is a unique investment in U.S. infrastructure that will provide more than $7 billion in federal funding directly to Maryland over five years to strengthen our roads and bridges, as well as our water, internet, and infrastructure. broadband, climate resilience, etc. Lawmakers worked to enact this law in Congress to create good jobs, grow the economy, improve America’s competitiveness in the world, and make our transportation system more sustainable and equitable. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provides the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) – through which these bridge-related funds are administered – more than $350 billion over five fiscal years for nationwide surface transportation.

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