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January 03, 2023

Congressman David Trone Releases Statement on Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding for I-81


January 3, 2023 

Congressman David Trone Releases Statement on Federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding for I-81

Congressman David Trone (MD-06) released the following statement after new funding was announced for the Interstate 81 project in Washington County: 

“The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which I proudly helped get signed into law, continues to deliver for Marylanders.

“For years, I-81 has been a danger and a headache for Washington County, and I’m glad the federal delegation worked with our state partners to provide over $90 million in federal funding – over 90% of needed funds – for this much-needed project.

“For decades, Americans have dealt with crumbling infrastructure. Today, we’re well on our way to building a better future for our state and our nation.”

This news comes after Congressman Trone announced critical federal funding in October 2022 for multiple long-awaited projects in the state, funded by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed by Congress in late 2021, including:

  • U.S. 15 – $150,890,000: New IIJA funding will enable the state to begin construction on this long-standing Frederick priority. The 4-mile stretch of U.S. 15 has long been a cause of congestion and traffic safety issues. The funding will expand this section to alleviate rush hour traffic and improve interchanges.
  • U.S. 219 North – $69,193,000: Congressman Trone’s “Finish the ADHS Act” was included in the IIJA and ensured Maryland would have all of the funding necessary to fully complete Maryland’s portion of U.S. 219 North to connect I-68 with the Pennsylvania Turnpike. First established over 50 years ago under the Johnson administration, the network was yet to be completed before this federal funding.
  • I-68 Viaduct – $38,800,000: This new funding will allow for resurfacing of the portion of I-68 that goes through the heart of Cumberland. These roadway investments are due to nearly $40 million in new IIJA funding.
  • U.S. 220 – $9,732,000: U.S. 220 has been without dedicated funding to improve the triangle in Cresaptown and relieve congestion, which has been a long-standing priority in Allegany County. Improving traffic congestion will shorten travel times for residents and benefit local businesses.

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