June 23, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI APPLAUD GRANT FOR INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS, JOB CREATION IN FROSTBURG

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced a $400,000 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grant to the City of Frostburg, MD for roadway improvements on Braddock Road at the intersection with Braddock Street.  Local officials expect the project to create approximately 18 new jobs in the area.

“This federal investment in Allegany County’s infrastructure will bring new jobs, commercial development and economic opportunity to Frostburg,” said Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “Thanks to this ARC grant, Frostburg will be more attractive and accessible to potential businesses moving to the area.”  

“This federal funding is an important investment in Frostburg’s future as well as future economic success of Western Maryland,” Senator Mikulski said. “These funds will create jobs, attract new visitors to downtown Frostburg and strengthen the city’s economy.”

The ARC grant will be used to widen Braddock Road on the east side of the Braddock Street intersection, which will provide improved access to a future 25-acres commercial development, as well as to the developing Allegany Business Park and a proposed 50-unit senior housing project.  The expected new jobs include jobs at the senior center and jobs related to future commercial development at the business park and the 25-acre site.

The project will be administered by the Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA) of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT).  In addition to ARC funds, the City of Frostburg will contribute $100,000 to the project with an estimated total project cost of

$500,000.  The ARC is a federal-state partnership that works with the people of the Appalachian region to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life.