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WDVM: MDOT SHA Calls for Work Zone Safety

Transportation officials have launched a campaign reminding drivers to “drive like you work here.” Data from the Federal Highway Administration in 2020 said that work zone crashes increased by 1.4% as 117 workers died across the country.

FMT III Ronnie Wright

Baltimore Sun: Maryland transportation crews are using less salt, more brine on icy roads to protect waterways

Crews treating state highways and county roads are expected to scatter less rock salt and spray more brine solution to melt ice on roads before and during Friday’s snowfall, a measure aimed at reducing the amount of sodium chloride that runs off highways and contaminates soil and groundwater...[MDOT SHA], part of the Maryland Department of Transportation, has used brine in addition to rock salt for more than 10 years, said Sherry Christian, a highway administration spokeswoman.

WMAR2: MDOT SHA Tackles Trash in Anne Arundel County

The Department of Transportation State Highway Administration and Anne Arundel County is encouraging people to pick up their trash. They kicked off a litter pick-up campaign Tuesday to encourage others to do the same. They said if people pick up after themselves, and pick up trash they see in their areas, it could save the county a lot of money.

Administrator Tim Smith

Baltimore Sun: Archaeologists discover 300-year-old slave quarters on a Jesuit plantation in Southern Maryland

Archaeologists from the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration have discovered a 300-year-old slave quarters on a Jesuit plantation in St. Mary’s County. The remains, which might date back to around 1700, were found buried in farm fields at Newtowne Neck State Park in Southern Maryland right by an 18th century brick manor once occupied by Jesuit missionaries.

Archaeological dig uncovers artifacts from slave quarters

Southern Maryland Chronicle: MDOT SHA Wins Transportation Award for "Look Up, Look Out" Safety Education Video

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) won a national award of excellence for its “Look Up, Look Out” video urging teenage drivers not to text and drive. The American Association for State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Transportation Communications Committee (TransComm) selected MDOT SHA’s video in the category of public service announcements, video or radio.

Washington Post: A COVID Silver Lining in Maryland: Better Roads by Tim Smith

Maryland is continuing to recover from the covid-19 emergency, and motorists are returning to the roadways. As they do, they’ll see changes along some familiar routes. While many people have been working remotely in recent months, crews from the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration have been in the field, working to improve, maintain and patrol our roadways.

WTOP Radio: New I-270 Interchange in Montgomery Co. to Ease Congestion and Boost Economy

Getting around in Montgomery County just got a little bit easier following the completion of a $124 million transportation project in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration announced the opening a new Interstate 270 interchange at Watkins Mill Road near Montgomery Village - which will alleviate congestion and is expected to bring significant economic benefits.

WMDT-TV/ABC 47: Maryland State Highway Administration is ready for the winter season

SALISBURY, Md. – Winter is right around the corner and the Maryland State Highway Administration is prepared. Charlie Gischlar, a Spokesperson for MSHA said, “We are completely stocked up and ready to go.” Right now MSHA says they are armed with almost 2 million gallons of brine, nearly 3,000 employees and about 2,700 pieces of equipment...

Washington Post: Maryland drivers, please move over for emergency vehicles

by Greg Slater

Greg Slater is the Maryland state highway administrator.

Being the Maryland state highway administrator is a role that requires a lot of early mornings and late nights out on the road and in communities. As I am out there, one of the things that always makes me smile is seeing one of our dedicated employees on the road helping someone in need, or getting a call, email or letter from those who were helped.