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Stewardship Award

Maryland Department of Transportation

This Award recognizes the Maryland State Highway Administration (MDSHA) District Three, District Four, District Five offices, the Special Acquisitions Division, and the Office of Counsel for keeping all the Intercounty Connector Project's (ICC) acquisition activities in-house.

The ICC project has been on the books of the MDSHA for more than 50 years; it is a mega-project and one of the most challenging in recent years. The ICC Project is a proposed 18-mile, $3 billion highway project to increase mobility and safety in Maryland.

Over the last ten years, staff at MDSHA was reduced, and due to attrition, many years of staff experience was lost. Consequently, the MDSHA and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) determined that to be certain the project could be accomplished using only MDSHA right-of-way staff, a process review was necessary and beneficial. The review also set out to identify if MDSHA had the capacity and the resources to handle the acquisition and relocation for this mega project. The process review's mission was to highlight best practices, address concerns and offer suggestions for improvement. The Maryland Division, representatives from FHWA Headquarters Office of Real Estate, the Right-of-Way Officer from North Carolina, and a representative from MDSHA completed a week-long review.

In June 2006, the MDSHA was given the authorization to proceed with acquisition activities for the ICC. The project was divided into 5 sections (A, B, C, D and E) with A, B and C being the ones with the most acquisitions and the most aggressive schedules. Contract A was the most intensive of all, with approximately 80 percent of the acquisitions. All offers were made within six months. Residents who required relocation assistance under Contract A were either relocated or given authorization to stay, but with a commitment for their moving date. Ultimately, Contract A was completed on schedule and under budget.


Lisa Sigwart and Staff, Donald Wakefield and Staff, Tom Hinchliffe and Staff, John Webster, Oscar Bedolla and Wilson T. Ballard Company.

Updated: 9/5/2014
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