Funding for second phase of Route 413 Hiker Biker Trail prioritized, MDOT details major budget cuts
SOMERSET CO., Md. – Maryland Department of Transportation officials met with Somerset County leaders virtually on Tuesday to discuss local projects while also detailing $1.9 billion in budget cuts due to revenue declines during the pandemic.
Officials say a $110,703 grant will be awarded to the county to design the second phase of the Route 413 Hiker Biker Trail from the Westover Athletic Complex to the existing trail. The project is a 10 foot wide asphalt trail on an existing railroad bed with landscaping, traffic signs, rest areas and parking at both ends.
However, officials say statewide budget cuts mean Eastern Shore residents may notice other transportation priorities are not happening as often. “What you’re going to feel here on the Eastern Shore are things like less road maintenance, you’re going to see some longer grass as we’re only able to cut a certain amount and impacts on our system preservation program,” says Gregory Slater, the Secretary of Transportation for Maryland Department of Transportation.
Officials also discussed $6.5 million dollars in CARES Act funding that the Tri-County Council is receiving to support Shore Transit operations or capital needs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.