MDTA Facility Dedications

Throughout its history, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) has taken pride in dedicating its facilities or portions of agency-owned highways to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to the state of Maryland and to the MDTA.

Additionally, the MDTA recognizes the sacrifice of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty and has installed roadway dedication signs as a reminder that we should all demonstrate a level of responsibility and respect to other motorists and to those who serve and work for the community.

This page is dedicated to those distinguished citizens in honor of their service and accomplishments.

Interactive Facility Dedications Map

Facility Dedications by Region

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  • Alfred B. Hilton

    Location: Eastbound and Westbound MD 22 at Exit 85
    Dedicated to: U.S. Army Sergeant Alfred B. Hilton
    Dedicated as: Alfred B. Hilton Memorial Bridge
    Dedication date: October 2017
    Requested by: Senator Robert G. Cassilly (District 34)

    Sergeant Alfred B. Hilton was born in Harford County in 1842 and enlisted in the U.S. Army during the American Civil War when he was 21 years old. Sergeant Hilton was assigned to Company H, 4th Regiment U.S. Colored Troops. On September 29, 1864, Sergeant Hilton was a member of his unit’s Color Guard carrying the American flag into battle. When the regimental color bearer was wounded, Sergeant Hilton carried both flags until he was severely wounded. He was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously after succumbing to injuries sustained at the Battle of Chaffin’s Farm outside of Richmond, Virginia.

    In an effort to draw attention to American Heroes, the MDTA dedicated the MD 22 Bridge over I-95 in Aberdeen to Civil War Veteran and Harford County’s only Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant Alfred B. Hilton.

    Marine Corporal Dale A. Burger Jr.

    Location: MD 222 over I-95
    Dedicated to: U.S. Marine Corporal Dale A. Burger Jr.
    Dedication Date: June 2017
    Requested by: The Legion Family of Post 135

    U.S. Marine Corporal Dale A. Burger Jr. grew up in Harford County and resided in Cecil County prior to his death on November 14, 2004, at age 21. Corporal Burger was two weeks away from completing his second tour of duty, when he was killed by enemy fire while in combat in Iraq.

    According to the Baltimore Sun, Corporal Burger was a rifleman assigned to the 3rd Battalion of the 1st Marine Regiment, part of the 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. He dropped out of Bel Air High School and joined the Marines at age 17, later earning his GED while in the service.

    Corporal Burger was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for selflessly using his own body heat to raise the temperatures of his fellow Marines, an action that resulted in Corporal Burger requiring subsequent medical attention for hypothermia. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart.

    Corporal Burger is buried in Arlington National Cemetery alongside his father Dale Burger Sr., a Marine who served in combat and was wounded during the Vietnam War.

    The dedication was requested to remind motorists of the sacrifices made by Corporal Burger and his family.

    Trooper Gary L. Wade

    Location: Southbound I-95, south of MD 155
    (Mile Marker 88.2)
    Dedicated to: Maryland State Police Trooper Gary L. Wade
    Dedication date: 2014
    Requested by: Maryland State Police Detective Sergeant Shawn J. Ward

    On January 30, 1982, Trooper Gary L. Wade had stopped a motorist on I-95 approximately one-quarter mile south of the Havre de Grace exit. While taking enforcement action for the observed traffic violation, another motorist drove off the roadway, striking both Trooper Wade’s vehicle and the vehicle of the motorist he had stopped. As a result of the collision, Trooper Wade was pronounced dead on the scene. Trooper Wade had served with the Maryland State Police for two years.

    Trooper First Class John E. Sawa & Trooper Larry E. Small

    Location: Northbound I-95, south of MD 155
    (Mile Marker 87.7)
    Dedicated to: Maryland State Police Trooper First Class
    John E. Sawa
    Maryland State Police Trooper
    Larry E. Small
    Dedication date: July 2014
    Requested by: Maryland State Police Detective Sergeant Shawn J. Ward

    On March 10, 1987, Trooper First Class John E. Sawa and Trooper Larry E. Small were parked in the median of I-95 at the Havre de Grace interchange. A tractor-trailer ran off the highway and struck the patrol vehicle occupied by Trooper First Class Sawa and Trooper Small. Both were killed as a result of the collision.

    Trooper First Class Sawa had served with the MSP for five years and left behind his spouse and two children. Trooper Small had served the MSP for eight months and was being trained by Trooper First Class Sawa.

    John F. Kennedy

    Facility: The John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95)
    Original Name: Northeastern Expressway
    Ground Breaking: January 1962
    Opened: November 1963
    Dedicated: November 1964

    Planning for the Northeastern Expressway, as the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway was called originally, began in 1955. The turnpike was envisioned as 42 miles of four-lane, divided highway running from White Marsh Boulevard to the Maryland-Delaware line. Today, the 50-mile highway, designated Interstate 95 as part of the national interstate highway system, is a popular travel route for interstate and commuter traffic.

    In November 1963, the 48-mile Northeastern Expressway and the adjoining 11-mile Delaware Turnpike were dedicated by President John F. Kennedy, Maryland Governor J. Millard Tawes and Delaware Governor Elbert N. Carvel.

    The roadway was renamed the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway in 1964 to honor the fallen President who was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, eight days after the highway’s opening.

    Millard E. Tydings

    Facility: The Millard E. Tydings Memorial Bridge (I-95)
    Original Name: Northeastern Expressway
    Ground Breaking: January 1962
    Opened: November 1963

    The bridge is named for Millard E. Tydings (1890–1961), an American attorney, author, soldier,  and Representative and Senator who was born in Havre de Grace, Maryland. It was built between January 1962 and November 1963 as part of the Northeastern Expressway. It was dedicated by President John F. Kennedy along with the highway it carries on November 14, 1963,eight days before his assassination in Dallas, Texas.

    Thomas J. Hatem

    Facility: The Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40)
    Original Name: Susquehanna River Toll Bridge
    Ground Breaking: February 1939
    Opened: August 1940
    Dedicated: 1986

    The Susquehanna River Toll Bridge opened to traffic in August 1940. It is currently named for Thomas J. Hatem (1925-1985), whose long involvement in Harford County politics includes one term in the Maryland House of Delegates, a long stint as a county commissioner, service as state insurance commissioner and six years on the Public Service Commission.

    Prior to the current bridge opening to traffic, crossing the Susquehanna River between Perryville and Havre de Grace occurred by use of ferries, railroad bridges, a two-way narrow bridge and one-way double-decker bridge.

    When Mr. Hatem died in 1985 at the age of 59, the 46-year-old bridge was not named for an individual. His friends proposed naming the bridge as a tribute. The following year, the bridge was dedicated as the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge.

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