Nestled on the northern border of Washington, DC, Montgomery County is one of the most populous and wealthiest jurisdictions in the state of Maryland. Home to more than 1 million residents with a median household income of $95,000, the county has a six-year capital budget of nearly $4.4 billion.
In addition to its significant spending plan, Montgomery County projects include prevailing wage rates, leveling the playing field for union contractors who pay their workers a living wage with health and retirement benefits. Since the County adopted prevailing wages in 2008, union contractors have succeeded in securing a greater share of county work.
The current capital budget for Montgomery County includes a number of large design-build projects spanning a range of municipal responsibilities. They include:
- $145 million for new and/or upgrades to the County’s stormwater management system;
- $91 million for two new middle schools, one in Chevy Chase and the other in Clarksburg;
- $84 million for White Flint area road improvements;
- $65 million for a pedestrian tunnel to connect the Walter Reed National; Military Medical Center to the Medical Center Metro Station;
- $64 million for stormwater management along County roads constructed prior to modern stormwater controls;
- $62 million to add a southern entrance to the Bethesda Metro Station;
- $38 million for a new health care center on Dennis Avenue; and
- $36 million for a new library and recreation center in Wheaton.
Montgomery County’s capital budget is updated every two years. The next capital budget cycle will begin in 2014. At that time, new capital projects of interest to LiUNA! signatory contractors may be added to the County’s roster of municipal projects. Signatory contractors can stay abreast of the status of these and other construction projects by signing up for the CCTS lead service at www.lecet.org/contractor.