November 10, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $900,000 GRANT TO UPGRADE U.S. 113 TO FOUR-LANE DIVIDED HIGHWAY

Award will also fund interchange at MD 12 and US 113

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-Md.) announced the Federal Highway Administration has awarded about $900,000 to Maryland to design and buy the right-of-way needed to widen U.S. 113 and build an interchange at the highway's intersection with MD 12. The senators secured this money in the fiscal 2010 transportation spending bill.
The existing highway will be upgraded to a four-lane divided highway, with shoulders to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists. The upgrade will help safety on the road, a major north-south artery in Worcester County that is stressed with increasing seasonal traffic and increase development. The road has a fatal accident rate far exceeding the statewide average for similar highways.
"The widening of U.S. 113 and the creation of a new interchange at MD 12 are of critical importance to residents and visitors to the Eastern Shore," said Senator Cardin.  "It is a win-win for everyone because it will significantly improve safety, reduce traffic congestion and result in new jobs for area residents. "
 
"A safer America begins at home. That means investing in our infrastructure. Upgrades to U.S. 113 are about saving lives on the Eastern Shore,"  Senator Mikulski said.  "I fought for this crucial funding and I will keep fighting to create jobs in Maryland and keep travelers along its roadways safe."