Harford County will be a primary beneficiary of $65 million in federal funds designated for infrastructure improvement as part of the BRAC process.
Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger presented a ceremonial check for the amount to Harford County Executive David R. Craig, Councilwoman Mary Ann Lisanti and Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown.
The funds will help pay for road, mass transit, and other important infrastructure improvements on and around Aberdeen Proving Ground. Of particular importance will be intersection improvements along key transit routes to the APG area.
Monies specifically earmarked include over $3 million dollars for road improvements in Harford, $13 million for improvements to the MARC train service, $475,000 for the Aberdeen MARC Rail Storage Yard, $1.9 million for locally operated transit systems and $500,000 for improvements to the water infrastructure at APG.
As a result of the Base Realignment and Closure process, Harford County is in the midst of preparing for the influx of a large portion of the nearly 30,000 new civilian and private sector jobs coming to Maryland. The complete realignment is scheduled for completion in 2011.
“These funds are a vital step for us in the preparation process, as we must ensure that all the necessary infrastructure components are in place and at the ready before the BRAC process is complete,” said County Executive Craig. “I thank Congressman Ruppersberger and his staff and the entire Maryland delegation for working to preserve these funds that will support APG’s mission to develop the best and safest equipment for our war fighters.”