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July 2018 – The MDOT SHA MD 404 Highway Widening Project Receives an America’s Transportation Award

Wallace Montgomery: Congrats MD404

The entire WM Team congratulates our partners on a job well done!

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Association’s (MDOT SHA) MD 404 highway widening project has been honored with an America’s Transportation Award.

This award, which is sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), Socrata, AAA, and the US Chamber of Commerce, recognizes the MD 404 project’s safety enhancements, improved operations, and overall congestion relief for residents and seasonal motorists. Wallace Montgomery is proud to be a part of MD 404’s innovative project team, which completed work on-time and within budget in a compressed timeframe of 18 months.

The MD 404 Team responded to Governor Larry Hogan’s challenge to improve MD 404 across three counties by Thanksgiving 2017, which allowed MDOT SHA to open the four-lane divided highway with median and shoulders. This 11.3-mile dualized highway directly connects US 50 and the Town of Denton, which alleviates the high traffic congestion typically caused by summer resort traffic and, in turn, makes travel safer and more efficient for residents. Members of the project team performed extensive public outreach to ensure that the engineering work aligned with the community’s needs.

The project was selected through the 11th annual America’s Transportation Awards competition, which recognized the $158 M MD 404 (Shore Highway) in the Quality of Life/Community Development Category for medium projects (between $25-$200 M). The America’s Transportation Award competition continues throughout the summer, and the MD 404 project is eligible for inclusion as a Top 12 finalist—which means that it could win the Grand Prize (which will be selected by a panel of independent industry judges), as well as the Socrata People’s Choice Award (which will be chosen via online voting open to the public, starting on August 30). The top two winners will also receive a $10,000 cash donation to the charity or scholarship of the state department of transportation’s choice.  The top two award winners will be announced at the AASHTO Annual Meeting in Atlanta.

“The American’s Transportation Award for MD 404 is a testament to the dedication, determination and ingenuity of the project team, who exemplify MDOT SHA’s commitment to bring transformative change and a positive customer experience to all Maryland travelers,” said MDOT SHA Administrator Greg Slater.  “At MDOT SHA, we are becoming a national leader in transportation by challenging the status quo, embracing innovation and modernization, and delivering real, lasting results.”