The Maryland Department of Transportation will receive $10 million in federal funding to reduce congestion on one of the primary roads providing access to Fort Meade, the state’s two senators announced Tuesday.
The funds, awarded through the Department of Transportation’s transportation investment generating economic recovery (TIGER) grant program, would upgrade Route 175 from an existing undivided two-lane road to a divided six-lane road, with a trail, sidewalks and on-road bike facilities.
The stretch of road serves a major entrance gate to the post, which has expanded since the last BRAC round to support a residential and employee population of about 56,000.
“This project isn’t just about widening a roadway, it’s reducing congestion and improving the quality of life for the Fort Meade community,” Sen. Ben Cardin (D) said in a press release issued jointly with Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D).
“I fought in the Senate to BRAC-proof Maryland’s bases, and now I’m fighting to BRAC-ready Maryland’’ transportation,” said Mikulski, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee.