Sept. 5, 2013

Contact:  Cheryl M. Sparks, 410-537-1017




Woodford Served 22 Years on MDTA Board


BALTIMORE, MD - The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) today dedicated its Engineering Building to long-time and dedicated Board Member and transportation leader Walter E. Woodford, Jr., P.E.  The building is located at the Francis Scott Key Bridge complex off I-695 in Baltimore.

Centreville resident Mr. Woodford was appointed as a Member of the MDTA Board in July 1991.  Prior to his retirement on Jan. 31, 2013, he served 10 Governors and 13 Secretaries of Transportation during his 62 years of helping to shape Marylands transportation infrastructure.  The Board of Public Works approved the building naming at its April 17, 2013, meeting.  Mr. Woodford was able to attend the Board of Public Works meeting prior to his passing on May 22, 2013.  

A Professional Engineer, Mr. Woodford was a former chief engineer and deputy highway administrator for the State Roads Commission, during which he oversaw the six design contracts involved in the construction of the Northeastern Expressway, later named the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway, and played a key role in the construction of the Interstate Highway System in Maryland and parallel Bay Bridge.  Following his State service, Mr. Woodford was vice president of the Rouse Company and was director of engineering for Rouses office of community development.

He also served as an independent consultant, specializing in civil-engineering projects, planning and zoning and traffic and site developments, and was named to the Governors Transportation Task Force, which was commissioned to evaluate funding options to pay for future highway, transit, airport and port projects in Maryland.

During his tenure as Board Member, Mr. Woodford helped the MDTA lead an aggressive plan to preserve its aging toll facilities, enhance customer service and safety, provide financial accountability and ensure the progress of mega projects including the I-95 Express Toll LanesSM, the Intercounty Connector and the Bay Bridge Preservation Project.  He also served as Chairman of the MDTA Board Capital Committee.