Baltimore County News
Leading by Example
(Towson) – As we prepare for a new year, enjoy this look back at 2016. “The accomplishments chronicled in this video are a true testament to the hard work of the dedicated employees in our county, and the thousands of individuals and families all around the beltway who make Baltimore County a wonderful place to live and work,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
Watch the 2016 year in review video below.
Baltimore City to close bridge for inspection work
The Phoenix Road Bridge, a City-owned span over Gunpowder Falls and the NCR Trail, will be closed three weekends in January for inspection work. A Baltimore City contractor will close the road January 7 and 8, January 14 and 15 and January 21 and 22 to examine soil samples and post detour signs.
For more information, contact Baltimore City’s Department of Transportation at 410-396-6935.
Says governor is dishonest about transportation scoring bill
Today, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz characterized as "dishonest" Governor Hogan’s claims that a recently enacted transportation scoring bill would threaten every major road project in the state.
"Governor Hogan's claim that this advisory scoring bill would shut down Beltway widening projects is simply dishonest," said Kamenetz. "This isn't governing; it's fake news."
Last week, Governor Hogan held a press conference stating that the Maryland Open Transportation Investment Decision Act of 2016 “will literally kill more than 90 percent of the major priority transportation projects in every single jurisdiction across the state.”
Attorney General Brian Frosh has advised that the scoring bill is advisory only, since the governor can still fund projects with lower scores if he "provides, in writing, a rational basis for the decision." Kamenetz also noted that the bill clearly states that it cannot be used "to prohibit or prevent the funding of the capital transportation priorities in each jurisdiction."
At his recent press conference, Governor Hogan displayed a poster that threatened every major Baltimore County road project, including the widening of the Baltimore Beltway (below).
"When Governor Hogan claims that 'one billion dollars in much needed transportation improvements will be lost' because of this bill, he is not telling the truth. I challenge him to follow through on his threat to shut down Beltway improvements and see how frustrated drivers might respond."
The General Assembly scoring bill is an effort to require transparency in transportation funding decisions made by the governor, in response to the Hogan's decision to abruptly cancel the Red Line in Baltimore. It is modeled after similar legislation passed by Republican-controlled legislatures in Virginia and North Carolina.