WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin, Chris Van Hollen and Congressman David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced the Board of County Commissioners in Washington County will receive $1 million in funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for the realignment and construction of Phase I of Wright Road in the Hopewell Valley.
The construction of the .3-mile portion of the new Wright Road is expected to create 100 new jobs in the surrounding area.
“Safe, reliable, and convenient roads are essential for communities throughout Maryland to thrive. This federal investment supports a strong development plan created through the leadership of Washington County and local businesses. Public works projects like this one will be a critical component of our ongoing work to counteract the economic impacts of COVID-19,” said Senator Cardin, Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
“Upgrading our infrastructure is crucial to our state’s success. As our economy suffers from the impacts of COVID-19, this project will not only improve the day-to-day lives of Marylanders living nearby, but will also create jobs and stimulate economic growth. It’s a win-win. Together, we will continue working to secure federal dollars to modernize infrastructure across our state,” said Senator Van Hollen.
“Bringing jobs to Western Maryland is a top priority for my office, and the additional 100 jobs from this federal project is a step in the right direction,” said Congressman Trone. “This federal grant is a critical investment in the people and infrastructure in Washington County, and it is even more important during this economic crisis. I want to thank our federal, state, and local partners for working together to make important investments in the long-term success of Western Maryland.”
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local governments. Established by Congress in 1965, ARC is comprised of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the President. Local participation is provided through multi-county local development districts.