BALTIMORE (AP) — Five Maryland toll bridges are getting an $11 million security upgrade.

The Maryland Transportation Authority says its Chesapeake Bay, Key, Nice, Tydings and Hatem bridges will get new lighting, sensors to detect stopped vehicles and cameras. The Baltimore Sun reports that work on the 18-month project is expected to begin this winter.

Transportation authority spokeswoman Teri Moss says the contract for the technology-based project went to SAIC, a Virginia company with offices in Laurel. It’s part of a plan to protect the state’s infrastructure.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (8)
  1. Jay says:

    So THAT’s why the tolls have skyrocketed. Very clever O’Malley.

  2. Joe says:

    He raised the tolls because we needed more money for the roads, now they want to raise the gas tax because we don’t have money but they will spend 11 million for some stupid cameras and sensors, so what are all the police officers going to be doing that you have assigned to these locations. The key bridge has 2 police cars for each officer assigned there !

  3. daniel says:

    Just another way for the state to warrant toll increase

  4. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    Let’s have a complete audit of where the transportation money went in the last ten years. Then & only then will we have a better understanding of just how little regard the legislators have for us citizens of Md. This is outrageous & government should be cutting spending & laying off dead wood. Md is but one of four states out of fifty that had a spending increase last year & it was 11%. Disgraceful!!

  5. Sammie the Bull says:

    Just another way to spend money and to repay favors from politicians. Maryland deserves what we are getting from these crooks, let’s vote only for liberal democrats again. I’ve never seen so many police cars/officers as there is on the Key Bridge. There is no way this many officers are needed for the bridge area.

  6. Bob says:

    There’s that many officers on the Key Bridge because that’s where the MDTA Police is headquartered.

  7. Mary Mc says:

    Still don’t need that many officers. During the length of the Key Bridge/695 connector you’ll see at least 6 police cars in that very short stretch . MDTA needs to downsize as well as other state agencies.

  8. sammy says:

    Less government means less spending means lower or no new taxes. Md is but one of four states out of fifty that increased spending last year by 11%. Enough, enough.

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