November 2017 – WM Celebrates the Ribbon Cutting on The MD 404 Dualization Project

November 27th, 2017

The best part of any design-build contract is the ribbon cutting — and the MD 404 Dualization Project was no exception. After a long, complicated design process, and hours upon hours of careful coordination with contractors, utility vendors, and our clients, WM was thrilled to join Governor Larry Hogan for the ribbon cutting ceremony. This project was part of the Hogan administration’s historic $2 billion investment in Maryland’s roads and bridges. The MD 404 Dualization Project upgraded this highly-traveled corridor from two lanes to a four-lane divided highway running from US 50 to the Denton Bypass.

Eric Sender, a Senior Associate with our Highway Division, served as Project Manager for this effort, which entailed dualizing 11.3 miles of MD 404 to provide a direct route between US 50 and the Town of Denton. Wallace Montgomery served as Lead Engineer for the WM/JMT/RK&K joint venture working under MDOT SHA. High traffic volumes (that were only expected to increase dramatically within the next several years), and safety issues throughout the corridor made this project a substantial priority for the state—particularly for Queen Anne’s, Talbot, and Caroline counties.

WM led the joint venture team through an incredibly fast-tracked schedule to develop designs that enhanced safety by adding additional travel lanes and by establishing a median that separates the eastbound and westbound lanes. This project–in tandem with contracts for the US 113 widening, the Dover Bridge replacement, and the Salisbury Bypass replacement—will help travelers reach the Eastern Shore more safely, and efficiently, particularly during the peak summer travel times.

“For decades, improvements to this vital corridor were slow to move forward, and our administration heard your calls loud and clear,” said Governor Hogan. “With the completion of the MD 404 upgrade, our administration is proud to deliver on the number one priority for Queen Anne’s, Talbot, and Caroline counties – complete and a year and a half ahead of schedule.”

The WM Team is very proud of our work on this project, and our continued service to the state.