Lt. Governor Brown Announces Funding for BRAC Intersection Projects in Harford County
Nearly $9 million invested to address congested intersections near Aberdeen Proving Grounds
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (June 11, 2012) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, Chair of the Governor’s Subcabinet on Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), announced today that nearly $9 million will be invested to support intersection improvements projects at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Harford County. This latest round of funding will provide for the purchase of land needed to improve the intersection at MD 22 and Paradise Road. It also will make possible the relocation of utilities required to eventually improve MD 22 at Old Post Road.
“These funds allow the State to continue moving forward in our drive to bring much-needed road and pedestrian improvements to the Aberdeen Proving Grounds and alleviate congestion on Route 22 in the Aberdeen area,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “Our commitment to BRAC remains strong as we understand that BRAC in Maryland means more jobs, a stronger economy, and a valuable contribution to our national security."
The nearly $9 million for projects along MD 22 in Aberdeen includes $7.6 million for right-of-way acquisition at the MD 22/ MD 462 (Paradise Road) intersection and $1 million for utility relocations at MD 22 and MD 132 (Old Post Road). An additional $12-15 million for the MD 22/MD 462 and $8-10 million for the MD 22/Old Post Road intersections are still required to fully fund the projects through construction.
Lt. Governor Brown and the BRAC Subcabinet have worked to prepare the physical and human infrastructure in Maryland to support the BRAC moves, including developing a unique, intergovernmental approach to planning processes. Last year, the Association of Defense Communities (ADC) named Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown the 2011 Policymaker/Elected Official of the Year for his work in leading Maryland's BRAC transition efforts.
Lt. Governor Brown and the BRAC Subcabinet have channeled state resources to prepare the state’s workforce to take advantage of the thousands of jobs coming to Maryland, improved local roads to handle increased traffic and made the purchase of a home easier in counties affected by BRAC.