Maryland’s spending panel unanimously approved a $9.8 million upgrade to the bus route along Baltimore’s North Avenue.
The Board of Public Works voted 3-0 Wednesday to award a $9.8 million contract to Baltimore firm P. Flanigan & Sons Inc. to make “various improvements” along North Avenue between Hilton Parkway and North Rose Street as part of a joint venture between the Maryland Transit Administration and the Baltimore Department of Transportation.
The work will include new sidewalks and ramps; dedicated bus lanes and markings for bus and bike lanes; landscaping; roadway drainage improvements; street lighting upgrades; traffic signal improvements; and new pedestrian crossings.
Holly Arnold, deputy administrator for planning at the Maryland Transit Administration, said the funds come from a federal grant for transportation improvements that help spur economic growth.
“We’re very excited about it,” Arnold said. “Great Blacks In Wax was a good partner with us and will have a dedicated lane in front of their business.”
The contract begins in June and lasts until 2021.
The three-member Board of Public Works, which oversees significant state expenditures, is composed of Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, and Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp, both Democrats.