The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) will no longer be pursuing a salt barn at the US 50/MD 424 interchange in Davidsonville. This winter, SHA Administrator Greg Johnson plans to review winter maintenance operations and focus on maximizing the capacity of our existing salt facilities.
“I will review salt usage over the coming winter, and if needed, look to existing facilities for additional salt storage capacity,” said Administrator Johnson. “Our goal is to ensure our roads are safe during winter travel while making the best use out of Maryland taxpayers’ dollars.”
Administrator Johnson brings a strong background in fighting winter storms with his 32 years of experience with the Michigan Department of Transportation where he served multiple roles as chief operations officer, chief engineer and deputy director. This decision will have no immediate impact to winter operations as the reserve salt barn was not funded for construction so it would not have been available this winter or even next.
“I thank Governor Hogan and the State Highway Administration for listening to our residents and ensuring the Y Worry Farm can continue to be a special place for Anne Arundel County citizens,” said County Executive Steve Schuh. “The Schuh Administration is proud to have worked closely with the state to resolve this issue, and I appreciate the Governor’s willingness to listen to our concerns and the concerns of our citizens.”
If SHA needs to reallocate resources in the event of an extreme winter, SHA will continue the practice of trucking salt loads from other nearby salt facilities. SHA has 94 salt domes and barns used to maintain nearly 17,000 lane miles of road across Maryland. In Anne Arundel County alone, SHA has five existing salt domes and barns locations in: Annapolis, Odenton, Tracys Landing, Southdale and two in Glen Burnie.