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Executive Records, Governor J. Millard Tawes, 1959-1967
Volume 82, Volume 1, Page 587   View pdf image (33K)
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Closely related to mobility in the modern sense also is accessibility,
the job of providing efficient and easy ingress and egress into and out of
the communities of the State. By accessibility, I don't mean to advocate
construction of highways without planned access. None of us wants to
be that parochial. I mean assurance that a community lying in a big
travel corridor be accessible from the corridor so industry can be given
another reason to locate there; so people having business within the
community can get in and out of it easily.

The State has definite responsibilities in the field of providing mobil-
ity and accessibility, and this Administration has been aware of it. When
this Administration took office, the need for completing a modern pri-
mary highway network was apparent after the State Roads Commission
held a series of meetings in every region of the State.

The need for more rapid construction of the interstate system in our
urban regions was apparent. As a result, a new and more realistic set of
timetables was established for such roads as the Baltimore and Wash-
ington Beltways, the Jones Falls Expressway, radials leading into the
Washington and other urban facilities.

In the heartlands of the State, of course, accelerated timetables were
established for such badly needed improvements as a modern Route 40
West, Interstate 70, Routes 340, 15 and 219. A dual Route 50, Route 13
and 301 on the Eastern Shore and Southern Maryland.

We have also moved in another field dealing with mobility and acces-
sibility, and this is the mass transportation problem. The Metropolitan
Transit Authority has been established for that purpose.

I think the State is discharging its duties well in fields of mobility and
accessibility, while remaining within the bounds of a sound fiscal policy.
What about tomorrow when such population phenomena occur as the
burgeoning of a Chesapeake-Potomac Strip City of 4, 000, 000 now and
9, 000, 000 soon between Baltimore and Washington; the continuing out-
ward expansion of the cities; the industrial growth of the northeastern
corridor of the State and the opening up of vast portions of Western
Maryland? What will our needs be then regarding mobility and acces-
sibility? Will we need more urban expressways; more transit facilities;
outer beltways around Baltimore and Washington; increased lanes on
existing expressways and primary highways; more and better secondary
roads; better planned municipal street systems and county roads; an-
other Bay crossing; another Harbor tunnel?

Will we need all of them? Will we need more? Will we need just a



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Executive Records, Governor J. Millard Tawes, 1959-1967
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