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Major Transportation Link Supports Economic Development
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz today cut a ceremonial ribbon to officially open Campbell Boulevard Phase 2, a major transportation link from Route 40 to Bird River Road that will, in coming years, help connect White Marsh Boulevard to Philadelphia Road, improve traffic flow and support economic development in an already expanding area.
“This one-mile section of new road is a major infrastructure addition for the community and the County. It will relieve congestion at key intersections – such as Middle River Road and Route 40 – and provide greater access for residents and business,” Kamenetz said.
The new section of roadway, which was officially opened at today’s 11 a.m. ribbon cutting ceremony, was built in three stages beginning in the spring of 2014. The completed Phase 2 is three lanes wide and cost $6.8 million for engineering, land acquisition and construction. It is just under one mile long, and includes a 220-foot long bridge over White Marsh Run, 3,000 feet of water main and sidewalks.
Campbell Boulevard will run for three miles when the full scope of the plan is realized. The project will include three bridges, water utilities, improved storm water management, sidewalks and numerous intersection improvements.
Plan is Simply 'Window Dressing'
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz issued the following statement in response to the Governor’s transportation announcement this morning:
“Although the Governor has not shared his transportation plan with me, it appears that it once again leaves the Baltimore region stuck in traffic. Simply window dressing” a bus system is not a mass transportation solution. They should have been doing upgrades as part of their job anyway. The plan will do nothing to increase choice ridership on mass transit, and it does nothing to promote economic development.”
Regional Transportion Issue
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz issued the following statement in reaction to Maryland Secretary of Transportation Rahn’s meeting with Baltimore lawmakers regarding regional transportation issues this morning:
“It is clear that the administration is not interested in taking a comprehensive look at 21st century transit options for the Baltimore region. Instead, they have redistributed virtually all mass transit funding to the rural counties and forfeited significant federal funds. Without a real fiscal commitment, thousands of commuters will remain stuck in traffic and hard- working citizens will be left without access to meaningful employment. The administration should have had a plan in place before torpedoing the Red Line.”