Roads, bridges, transit projects announced with gas tax hike

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The gas tax increase Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law Thursday will pay for weekend MARC service between Baltimore and D.C., roads and bridges throughout the state and construction on the Red and Purple lines to begin as soon as 2015.

The first phase of the tax increase - 4 cents per gallon - will arrive in July, but officials already decided how to spend an $1.2 billion it will generate over the next six years. The tax is expected to increase at least three more times until July 2016, bringing the total tax increase to as much as 19.5 cents per gallon, according to state estimates released Thursday. 

Here is the list of 10 projects officials announced immediately after the gas tax bill was signed: 

  • $100 million to add weekend service to the MARC Penn line beginning this winter, two more round-trips on the Camden line during the week by next spring and new locomotives this summer.
  • $60 million for the reconstruction and bridge replacement of the I-695 Leeds Avenue Interchange in Baltimore County
  • $49 million to widen U.S. 29 northbound to three lanes near MD 175 and create sound walls in Howard County.
  • $450 million for final design of extending the Red Line from Baltimore County through Baltimore City and creating the Purple Line in Montgomery and Prince George's counties.
  • $44 million for road improvements near Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County.
  • $82 million to constuct the U.S. 15 and Monocacy Boulevard interchange in Frederick County.
  • $20 million to design a new Thomas Johnson Bridge across the Patuxent River in Southern Maryland, connecting Calvert and St. Mary's counties.
  • $54 million for a new interchange at U.S. 301 and MD 304 in Queen Anne's County.
  • $125 million to build a I-270 interchange at Watkins Mill Road in Montgomery County.
  • $100 million to build a new interchange at Indian Head Highway and Livingston Road in Prince George's County.
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