WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen (both D-Md.) have announced $787,520 in federal funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for the Glendale Access Road project in Garrett County, Md. These funds will be used for intersection and roadway improvements on Glendale Road and will ultimately improve access to the Deep Creek Lake area – supporting local tourism and job creation.
“Investing in safe and convenient roads throughout Garrett County will make sure that Deep Creek’s tourist industry benefits the region’s economy more broadly,” said Senator Cardin. “ARC has been a reliable investor in the future of Western Maryland, and I will remain a strong advocate.”
“Local residents and visitors alike enjoy the Deep Creek Lake area, but its popularity means serious wear and tear on the roads. This investment in Garrett County’s infrastructure will improve Glendale Road, make it easier for people to get to their jobs and schools, and help the region’s tourism economy,” said Senator Van Hollen. “I will keep working on the federal level to support projects like these that modernize our infrastructure and grow our economy.”
Established in 1965, ARC is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across Appalachia, according to ARC. Local participation is provided through multi-county local development districts. Senators Cardin and Van Hollen advocated and secured significant funding for the program in the FY 2019 spending bill, including a $10 million increase from the FY 2018 level. The president had previously attempted to zero out funding for the program.