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Recreation Trail Project Funding Available

Applications are now being accepted for Recreational Trail program funding for the 2014 fiscal year.

The Recreation Trail program encourages projects that develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities. The projects selected will enhance Maryland's existing trail network, create connections between communities and natural or cultural areas, and promote tourism-related areas.

The Maryland State Highway Administration hopes to both stimulate the economy and save money through strategic investments in the trail network.

To learn more about the program and download an application, visit roads.maryland.gov/Index.aspx?PageId=98. Completed applications may be submitted electronically to tmaxwell @ sha.state.md.us. The deadline is July 1, 2013.

The projects selected will be announced in the fall of 2013.

Maryland’s 2013 – 2014 Official Highway Map Released by the Maryland State Highway Administration

A new State map is now available to you, for free, from the Maryland State Highway Administration. You can view it online anytime by visiting roads.maryland.gov/index.aspx?pageid=833. Printed versions are also available upon request by visiting marylandsha.force.com/customercare/requestmaps, as well as at Maryland’s welcome centers.

“Whether you view a printed copy, or see it online, this map has so much to offer. I encourage you to check it out right away,” says State Highway Administrator Melinda B. Peters.

The map appeals to all, not just drivers, with a variety of features. They include transit connections, railroad lines, park-and-ride lots, state parks and welcome centers. Drivers will appreciate the detailed routes and interstates displayed.

Valuable safety information is shared on the map as well. One reminder notes that texting and hand held cell phone use is illegal in Maryland while driving. Another reminder encourages drivers to give bikes three feet when passing – another State law.

This year’s map showcases Sideling Hill in Washington County as the cover photo. The image was taken by Tim Dicke.

Online Map of Construction Projects Now Available

e-Road Ready Highlights Major Highway Projects across Maryland

The annual e-Road Ready construction brochure is online and available to help motorists navigate work zones in Maryland. The State Highway Administration (SHA) is beginning many projects across the state and this resource helps motorists plan ahead.

“No one likes to sit in traffic,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “In addition to other information sources such as MD 511, e-Road Ready is a useful tool to safely guide motorists around construction zones and reduce time sitting in traffic.”

Hundreds of work zones will be in place this summer driving season – from large bridge replacement projects to smaller, mobile work zones such as tree trimming projects. The online brochure highlights construction zones that are equipped with Maryland Safe Zones Automated Speed Enforcement. Safely navigating work zones is a priority for SHA. In most cases, it’s the driver or passenger who is injured in work zones crashes.

The brochure also provides links to many new features including project web pages, Maryland’s Scenic Byways routes and State and local government agencies.

Other resources to help motorists make informed decisions about key travel routes include MD511.org and 1-877-Bay-Span. Sign up to personalize travel route information through MY511 on the website. Remember to use 511 safely – Maryland law prohibits hand-held mobile phone use and texting while driving.

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