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Date: Feb 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2012

Takirra Winfield
Office: 410-974-2316
Cell: 443-336-1475

Valerie Burnette Edgar, SHA
410-545-0303

Ray Feldmann, ICC
301-586-4761

GOVERNOR O’MALLEY ANNOUNCES CONTRACT TO CONSTRUCT FINAL SEGMENT OF THE INTERCOUNTY CONNECTOR
Construction between I-95 and US 1 in Prince George’s County to support up to 1,000 jobs

ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 28, 2012) – Governor Martin O’Malley announced today that the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) recently awarded ICC Constructors (IC3), a joint venture based in Bethesda, the contract to design and build the final segment of the Intercounty Connector (ICC/MD 200). The $89 million "Contract D/E" will complete the ICC by constructing a one-mile segment between I-95 and US 1 in Prince George’s County.

“Projects like the ICC address our State’s infrastructure needs so the next generation can benefit from an improved transportation system,” said Governor O’Malley. “Construction of this final segment will support up to 1,000 jobs for our families, open the door to new economic development opportunities in northern Prince George’s County, and provide a congestion-free option for residents traveling between the US 1/I-95 corridor and the I-270 corridor.”

In addition to supporting 1,000 jobs, the project also includes an On the Job Training (OJT) program with up to two dozen entry-level employment opportunities in construction trades. The recruits will have the opportunity to reach “journeyperson” status and graduate from the program with transportation skills, increasing their future employment options.

“The additional mile of highway will provide new access points to the ICC from U.S. Route 1 and Virginia Manor Road, providing Prince George's County residents safe, reliable, and convenient access to employment opportunities from U.S. Route 1 to the I-270 high-tech corridor and will improve access to the County for commuters traveling east. This also will relieve traffic congestion for motorists along the Route 1 Corridor and in and around the Laurel area. When completed, this final segment of the ICC will improve access to the business community and expand economic development,” said County Executive Rushern L. Baker III. “The jobs supported by the construction and the OJT program are great news for Prince George’s County.”

The ICC is the state’s first all-electronic toll road, ultimately from I-370 to US 1, in which drivers pay with E-ZPass. Operated by the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), the ICC provides reliable and relatively congestion free travel between Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. A trip that used to take 47 minutes from Laurel to Gaithersburg now takes 17 minutes on the ICC, a 64 percent time savings that significantly improves mobility for employees and businesses.  The final segment of the ICC will connect to Virginia Manor Road with a partial interchange and to US l near the Muirkirk MARC commuter rail station with a signal-controlled intersection.

Construction will also include separated parallel lanes along I-95 between the ICC and MD 198 interchange for traffic to safely merge at exits. Engineering design work is underway, with construction starting by late spring of this year. The project is scheduled for completion late 2013/early 2014, weather permitting. At $89 million, Contract D/E is within the $2.5 billion budget of the entire 18.8-mile ICC. The joint venture IC3 team consists of Shirley Contracting Company, LLC; Clark Construction Group, LLC; Facchina Construction Company, Inc.; and Trumbull Corporation. IC3 was one of three prime contractors that built the first segments of the ICC. The first segment of the ICC, from I-270 to Georgia Ave. (MD 97), opened to traffic Feb. 2011. The next two segments, from Georgia Ave. to I-95, opened to traffic on Nov. 21, 2011.

For more information on ICC operations and E-ZPass, visit www.mdta.maryland.gov. For more information on ICC construction, please call toll-free at 866-462-0020, or visit www.iccproject.com.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 27, 2012

Contact: Cheryl Sparks or Kelly Melhem, 410-537-1017

GOVERNOR O'MALLEY ANNOUNCES I-95/MD 43 RECONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY
Project Adds 400 New Jobs to Maryland

BALTIMORE, MD As part of the I-95 Express Toll LanesSM (ETLsSM), a $142.6 million project to reconstruct the I-95/MD 43 (White Marsh Boulevard) interchange has begun. Work involves widening I-95, replacing the MD 43 bridges over I-95 and linking the future I-95 ETLs with MD 43. The I-95/MD 43 interchange reconstruction is critical to bringing relief along the most congested part of I-95 north of Baltimore and its providing jobs at a critical time for our families and economy, said Governor OMalley. Improving this portion of Marylands infrastructure has not only created 400 new jobs, it will provide Baltimore County residents and MD 43 motorists access to and from the I-95 ETLs, enhancing operations and safety at the interchange for years to come.


The Maryland Transportation Authoritys (MDTA) I-95 ETLs Project is located along eight miles of I-95 from the I-95/I-895 interchange in northeast Baltimore to just north of MD 43. Once complete, motorists will have the choice to travel the general-purpose lanes at no cost as they do today or pay a toll to use the ETLs, which will be managed for relatively congestion-free traffic flow.


These interchange improvements and the ETLs will work together to help alleviate congestion, especially during peak-travel times, and provide more reliable travel times for picking up children, making deliveries or attending meetings, said MDTA Chairman Beverley K. Swaim-Staley. The ETLs will not only benefit those choosing to pay tolls to use these lanes, but also will reduce the number of vehicles in the general-purpose lanes.


When complete, the ETLs can be accessed from the north from just north of MD 43 and at the I-95/MD 43 interchange and from the south at the I-895/Moravia Road interchange, from I-895 south of I-95 and from I-95 south of I-895.


The MDTA awarded the I-95/MD 43 contract to Cherry Hill Construction of Jessup, Md. The $1.03 billion I-95 ETLs project began in 2006 and is scheduled to be complete in 2014. The project has received numerous awards, including a 2011 Achievement Award from the National Partnership for Highway Quality. For additional information, visit I95ExpressTollLanes.com. For statewide travel conditions, visit MD511.org or call 511.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 8, 2012

Contact: Cheryl M. Sparks or Teri Moss
410-537-1017

PUBLIC INVITED TO LEARN ABOUT AND ENROLL IN NEW HATEM BRIDGE E-ZPASS® PLANS

Open Houses to be Held in Harford and Cecil Counties

BALTIMORE, MD The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) will hold two community open houses* to offer customers the opportunity to get information on and enroll in Hatem Bridge E-ZPass plans.  ...Click here to read more.