Gov Announces $14.9M for 63 Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects Across MD

Governor Larry Hogan announced $14.9 million in grants for bicycle, pedestrian and multi-use trails to counties, municipalities and non-profit organizations

Maryland Department of Transportation

HANOVER, MD – Following through on his commitment to build a balanced transportation network, Governor Larry Hogan announced $14.9 million in grants for bicycle, pedestrian and multi-use trails across the state.  The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is awarding a total of 63 grants, including $2.77 million in Bikeways Program grants, $1.03 million in Recreational Trails Program grants, and $11.1 million in Transportation Alternatives Program grants.  MDOT awarded the grants to counties, municipalities and non-profit organizations.

“I am committed to improving transportation in every corner of our great state,” said Governor Hogan.  “With this $14.9 million investment, we’re providing key connections that better link all transportation options and improve safety in 21 counties and 10 municipalities throughout Maryland from Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore.”

The largest of the grants includes $6.96 million in funding from both the Maryland Bikeways and the Transportation Alternatives Programs for the C&O Canal Aqueduct in Washington County.  The grant will support economic development in the State by enhancing Maryland’s attractiveness as a cycling and tourism destination.  The work includes:  replacing the missing sidewall that was destroyed in 1920 and allowing the acqueduct to hold water again; improving structures; re-pointing existing stonework; and waterproofing and extending the Cushwa Basin.

“Restoring the aqueduct along the C&O Canal National Historic Park in Williamsport MD will create a one-of-a-kind experience for National Park Visitors,” said James F. Kercheval, Executive Director of the Greater Hagerstown Committee.  “Williamsport will become a first rate destination, a must-see for National Park enthusiasts. A robust tourism economy will follow this important restoration and preservation project.”

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