Accelerate Maryland Partners terminated the Phase-Public Private Partnership Agreement with the Maryland Department of Transportation and the Maryland Transportation Authority on March 9, 2023. See statements below from the Moore Administration following the termination announcement.
Governor Wes Moore:
On Thursday, March 9, 2023 Accelerate Maryland Partners (AM Partners) terminated the Phase Public-Private Partnership (P3) Agreement for Phase 1 of Op Lanes Maryland. The termination of the Phase P3 Agreement has no bearing on the approved federal Record of Decision for Phase 1 South or the state’s commitment to addressing congestion issues affecting the region.
Because AM Partners executed its contractual right to not proceed, MDOT does not owe any payment to AM Partners. The state remains committed to continuing progress and will move forward in a manner that ensures social equity, environmental protection, and engagement with local partners while always acting in the best interest of taxpayers.
Lt. Governor Aruna Miller:
While Accelerate Maryland Partners has decided to terminate the Phase Public-Private Partnership (P3) Agreement for Phase 1 of Op Lanes Maryland, Governor Moore’s and my priority will continue to be delivering a balanced and equitable solution to address traffic congestion along the I-270/I-495 corridor.
MDOT Secretary Paul J. Wiedefeld:
On Thursday March 9, 2023, Accelerate Maryland Partners executed its contractual right to terminate its contract with the Maryland Department of Transportation for failure to agree on the terms of the Section P3 Agreement. MDOT is committed to delivering a new American Legion Bridge and transportation solutions that relieve traffic congestion throughout this corridor and promote equity and environmental protection. I look forward to connecting with the community and all stakeholders to understand their priorities firsthand to deliver solutions that advance the entire National Capital Region.