William Pines at the June 15 MWRTBA meeting.

By Eileen Houlihan, senior writer/editor, ARTBA

Maryland early next year will invest an additional $890 million to extend northbound I-95 Express Toll Lanes by more than 10 miles, a state transportation official June 15 told the Metropolitan Washington Road & Transportation Builders Association (MWRTBA), ARTBA’s local chapter.

William Pines, director of the Engineering and Construction Office at the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), said Gov. Larry Hogan (R) was also making the same announcement about the project’s expansion from Baltimore County to Harford County. The original $210 million express lane project was announced in 2017.

Pines said progress on replacement of the 75-year old Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge continued, with two recent pre-solicitation conferences for interested parties of the $765 million design-build project. An award is expected in October 2019, with construction slated for early 2020. The three top project goals are cost, schedule to minimize construction length, and safety.

The MDTA is the state’s tolling authority, responsible for constructing, managing and operating eight toll facilities in the state including two turnpikes, two tunnels and four bridges.