Funding Secured to repair rain damaged section of Canal
U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Jamie B. Raskin and David Trone (all D-Md.) today announced $108,942 in federal funding for the National Park Service to support the reconstruction of portions of the Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park and George Washington Memorial Parkway that suffered severe damage due to heavy rains and flooding.
“Climate change has already taken a toll on our local roadways and infrastructure. This federal investment will allow for much-needed repairs to Maryland’s transportation network – from our roads to local visitor centers. It will help fix serious damage sustained from extreme flooding in recent years and highlights yet another example of the need to upgrade and rebuild our infrastructure to withstand severe weather events driven by climate change,” the lawmakers said. “That is why Team Maryland fought to pass the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and why we will continue fighting to secure federal funding that bolsters the resilience of communities.”
Funding comes through an Emergency Relief program within the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration to repair damaged roads and bridges. The award includes multiple project sites at Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park impacting both Maryland and Washington D.C. — Great Falls access road & fee booth, Great Falls Tavern, Pennyfield parking lot and access road, Fletcher’s Boathouse Bridge #1, and Fletcher’s Boathouse Tunnel — and the south section of the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Alexandria, Virginia.