Press Release

April 8, 2010


U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and
Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded a $600,000 grant to Garrett County to build a new access road between Garrett Highway and North Fourth Street in Oakland, Maryland. The new access road will ease congestion, spur future commercial development, and create new jobs.





“In addition to creating new jobs, this ARC grant provides the funding for an access road to a new commercial development for Garrett County residents,” said
Senator Cardin. “Greater economic growth is the key to a sustained economic recovery, and I strongly support projects that will provide the resources that are needed for future development and opportunity.”  


“These federal funds will help keep Marylanders on the move, while spurring future development and bringing new jobs to Oakland,”
Senator Mikulski said. “I will continue to fight for federal grants like these that invest in Maryland communities and future economic opportunities.”

ARC funds will be used to construct approximately 250 feet of the Cherry Glade Access Road. The new road will provide improved access from Garrett Highway (Route 219) to a new commercial development on the site of an old county roads garage.

Construction of the new road will create approximately 50 jobs and leverage $3 million in private investment.

The project will be administered by the Maryland State Highway Administration. In addition to ARC funds, Garrett County will provide a $150,000 match toward the $750,000 project.

The ARC is a federal-state partnership that works with the people of Appalachia to create opportunities for self-sustaining economic development and improved quality of life.