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Sen. Cardin discusses transportation funding in Frederick

Tuesday - 2/21/2012, 4:15pm  ET

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Sen. Ben Cardin took a tour of the Frederick Municipal Airport Tuesday and the new $5.3 million air traffic control tower. (WTOP/David Burd)

David Burd, wtop.com

FREDERICK, Md. - Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin traveled to Frederick Tuesday to hold a round table discussion on the transportation needs of the region.

The senator opened up with remarks about the budget process and reminded everyone that it used to be "earmarks" that funded a lot of the region's transportation needs.

He mentioned the "E Street Corridor" as an example of earmark funding.

"The Senate is currently considering the reauthorization of the nation's surface transportation funding and Frederick County has important transportation priorities that I support," he told a room full of Frederick County officials, including Frederick Mayor Randy McClement.

Local officials mentioned the following transportation concerns:

  • Highways 270 and 15
  • Highway 70 and the Meadow Road connection
  • Expanding the current runway for the airport

McClement's biggest concern is the $13 million loan that the city took out to remove buildings on the current airport property to help with its expansion. The government has not reimbursed the city yet. The mayor has asked for the senator's help in getting the loan paid off.

Cardin also announced Tuesday the Frederick Municipal Airport will be the first in Maryland to use new technology to track aircraft.

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