A project designed to help the Port of Baltimore be a better neighbor to city residents will get a $10 million boost from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Thursday.
The funding will support infrastructure improvements for the Southeast Baltimore Port Industry Freight Corridor Plan, which includes changes to the Broening Highway freight corridor. The improvements, designed to more safely connect the port to the regional and national road network, will include a replacement of the structurally deficient Colgate Creek Bridge and roadway improvements connecting freight to I-95 to enhance truck movement. It also will make street improvements to make it easier to walk and ride bicycle in nearby neighborhoods.
The Baltimore project was one of 39 federally-funded transportation projects in 34 states chosen to receive $500 million from the department's Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) 2015 program.
Foxx said the round of funding went to projects that focus on where the country's transportation infrastructure needs to be in the future.
"If we're just fixing today's problems, we'll fall further and further behind," Foxx said. "We already know that a growing population and increasing freight traffic will require our system to do more."
Gregory Nadeau, the Federal Highway Administrator, said the improvements should increase economic opportunity.
"This TIGER grant will bring transportation investment to the area and enhance prospects for trade-driven, long-term growth there, by improving the ability of trucks to move freight safely and more efficiently along roads and bridges near Baltimore," Nadeau said.