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Lower gas tax revenue, scoring mandate imperil future Harford highway projects, state transportation chief says

Lower gas tax revenue, scoring mandate imperil future Harford highway projects, state transportation chief says

Maryland Transportation Department officials brought their road show on the state's Consolidated Transportation Program to Harford County Friday morning, but in terms of new projects, they didn't come bearing any "$100 million birthday gifts," in the words of State Sen. Bob Cassilly.

The reality is funding for all transportation projects is experiencing an estimated shortfall of $746 million over the next six years because lower gasoline prices have also depressed gasoline tax revenue, state Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn said.

In addition, a new project scoring mandate imposed by the legislature last winter further imperils any new major highway projects in...

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