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County:Frederick Project Number:FR188_11
FREDERICK HIGHWAY I-70 TO MD 26 (LIBERTY ROAD)
Project Name:
US 15, Frederick Freeway, and US 40, Frederick Freeway

Location of Project:
I-70 TO MD 26 (LIBERTY ROAD)

Description:
Planning and Preliminary Engineering Study to improve safety and mainline operations along US 15 and US 40 from I-270 and MD 26.
 
Scope:
Project Study Area





The purpose of the US 15 Project Planning Study is to assess the need for, develop, and evaluate possible improvements to US 15 from I-270 to MD 26. This Study is part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, and includes:

  • Agency and public involvement;
  • The development and review of all reasonable alternatives, (including the No-Build Alternative);
  • The evaluation of social, economic, cultural, and natural environmental impacts; and
  • Concludes with location and design approvals, if a build alternative is selected.
 
What Is Under Study:
The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration is undertaking the project to address safety, and operations along mainline US 15 from I-270 to MD 26. Click to view the Final US 15 Final Purpose and Need Statement. The Federal Highway Administration provided concurrence on the Purpose and Need Statement on February 17, 2017.

Approximately 125 people attended the Alternatives Public Workshop held on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. The purpose of the workshop was to provider study team members an opportunity to hear stakeholders' project-related comments, explain the project planning process, present the Purpose and Need Statement, and share the preliminary project findings. Maps of the alternatives presented at the workshop may be viewed on the Maps tab. Additional information presented at the workshop may be view in the Alternatives Public Workshop Brochure and in the Alternatives Public Workshop Display boards, both located on the Documents tab, under Alternates Public Workshop.

Next Steps
The study team is seeking concurrence on the Alternatives Retained for Detailed Study from the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and is advancing the engineering details and environmental technical analysis. Preliminary findings are expected by Spring 2018.

Project Type:
GEOMETRIC IMPROVEMENTS

Current Phase:Planning
Funded Year :2015 How much will this project cost?
Funding Source(s):State
Last Updated On : 11/27/2017
 
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