Governor Martin O’Malley says Maryland’s infrastructure needs to be repaired, after a list was released by a national survey organization, which contained 40 points of interest. The governor may even be willing to raise taxes to make this initiative happen.
In order to adequately enhance the state’s economic growth and quality of life, Maryland will need to make numerous improvements to its transportation system. This is according to a new report released today by TRIP, a Washington, DC based national transportation research organization.
O’Malley is considering the notion of raising Maryland’s 6-cent sales tax up to 7 cents to help pay for the project, that would include the following repairs as the top-10 most needed out of the entire list of 40 suggested:
1. Widening I-95/I-495 in Prince George’s 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 reconstruction on MD-97 at MD-28 in Montgomery County
10. Intersection and interchange improvement to MD-210 in Prince George’s County
“This detailed priority list of projects further serves to underscore the fiscal crisis Maryland currently faces in funding transportation infrastructure,” said Donald C. Fry, president and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee. “Nothing on this list will get accomplished until our state’s lawmakers find a way to increase revenue to Maryland’s stagnant Transportation Trust Fund.”