WASHINGTONU.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski along with U.S. Representatives Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger, and John Sarbanes (all D-Md.), announced that the City of Baltimore has received a grant in the amount of $1,100,000  from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to study feasible ways to replace or rehabilitate the Hanover Street Bridge. Constructed in 1916, the thirty-eight span Hanover Street or Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge connects Southern Baltimore City with Baltimore County.

“Almost 100 years ago the Hanover Street Bridge was a marvel of modern engineering. Today it is almost constantly under repair and in desperate need of drastic improvement or replacement,” said Senator Cardin, a senior member of the Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. “The federal dollars funding this study are the first step towards reducing commutes, saving money on repairs, and creating well-paying construction jobs in South Baltimore. Investments in infrastructure strengthen our local Maryland communities and the national economy.”

“This is good news for Baltimore families, businesses and communities. These funds in the federal checkbook will take us a step closer towards decreasing traffic congestion and supporting jobs, jobs, jobs,” said Senator Mikulski, Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee that funds DOT. “A reliable and well maintained infrastructure is vital to creating jobs and keeping Maryland’s economy rolling. With this funding, we are laying the groundwork for a safer and more efficient transportation infrastructure in South Baltimore.”

“This award will help the city of Baltimore take the first step toward rehabilitating a vital thoroughfare that is nearly a century old,” said Representative Elijah Cummings, a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “The replacement of our aging bridges and tunnels is critical to ensuring mobility in our city and economic growth throughout the region. I will continue to fight for the investments we need to modernize all of our infrastructure.”

“This project is part of our larger commitment to restore America’s aging infrastructure, keep motorists moving and create quality jobs for Marylanders in the process,” Congressman Ruppersberger said. “It’s exactly the type of investment we should be making to help our economy continue to rebound.”

“Upgrading the Hanover Street Bridge corridor will strengthen Baltimore’s economy, enhance the region’s transportation network, and most importantly, improve the daily lives of South Baltimore residents,” said Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.-03). “I have long supported the City of Baltimore’s proposal for this project, and I look forward to seeing the project become a reality.”