Equity

At the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), our dedication to customer service and innovation for the public good is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. It is central to our mission as a government agency, to ensure that each member of our community has full opportunity to thrive in our environment, for we believe that diversity is key to individual excellence and the advancement of knowledge.

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA)’s mission is to deliver safe, sustainable, intelligent, exceptional, and inclusive transportation solutions in order to connect our customers to life’s opportunities. One of MDTA’s core values is excellence – excellence in our people, relationships, work and environment – and we strive to reach that through our commitment to diversity and equity. By developing and nurturing diversity, we reap greater rewards of creativity, flexibility and excellence that exist in all of us.


Environment

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) have begun coordination efforts with the state and federal permitting agencies. The permitting agencies have committed to working closely with the Rebuild Team to advance permits in an expedited manner while still adhering to all permitting requirements. Environmental agencies understand the critical nature of the project and are prepared to collaborate on timely approvals.

FHWA has determined that a Categorical Exclusion (CE) should be prepared for this project. The CE will include removal of the stable structure as well as the rebuild. FHWA is the lead federal agency, and MDTA in cooperation with (State Highway Administration) SHA is the lead state agency. It is anticipated that National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) will be complete this summer.

Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966

MDTA is conducting Section 106 consultation under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA), a federal law governing stewardship of our nation’s cultural heritage. Section 106 of the NHPA requires federal agencies to take into consideration the effects their actions will have on historic properties. State and local projects using federal funding, or requiring federal approval or permitting, are required to comply with this process. The Federal Highway Administration has requested a Programmatic Agreement (PA) be executed for this project. The PA will include commitments to identify historic properties, evaluation of any effects to historic properties that would result from the project, and ongoing evaluation of findings as design of the new bridge advances.

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