New Design/Build Roadway Improvement Project Supports BRAC-Related Growth in Maryland
September 9, 2013Location: Aberdeen, Maryland
Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, Harford County Executive
David Craig, and Maryland State Highway Administrator Melinda
Peters celebrated the completion of the newly-improved US 40
(Pulaski Highway) and MD 715 interchange in Aberdeen on September
9, 2013, marking the culmination of a nearly three year, $17.8
The Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA) chose the
Design/Build team of Johnson, Mirmiran & Thompson (JMT) and American Infrastructure to
spearhead the project in 2010.
The new interchange - a total project length of 2.4 miles - helps
alleviate traffic traveling east and west past Aberdeen Proving
Ground (APG), which has grown considerably in the past several
years due to the US Department of Defense's Base Realignment and
Closure (BRAC) initiative.
"These improvements are going to make it easier for all
residents to be able to spend less time behind the wheel in the
car, behind another car, and more time either with their families
or on the job being productive," Brown declared during Monday's
ribbon cutting ceremony, according to The
Craig, Peters, Aberdeen Mayor Michael Bennett and Maj. Gen.
Robert Ferrell, APG's ranking general, echoed Brown's praise.
Bennett acknowledged that the city is already beginning to see the
positive effects of the improvements.
As part of the first phase of the project, MD 715 was widened in
both directions between the Amtrak Bridge and entrance to APG. In
Phase 2, the bridge on MD 715 over US 40 was also widened.
JMT designed the improvements to the interchange, connecting
ramps and adjoining roadways. Other services that contributed to
the project's success included stream relocation designs, drainage
design, traffic and lighting, landscaping, utility relocation
design and coordination, and obtaining permits from the Maryland
Department of the Environment for construction.