Access to I-95

Kuhn recognized that having an interchange at I-95 and Route 166 would be critical for UMBC, so he approached Governor Tawes in 1966 and asked for the interchange to be put into the I-95 plans. When Tawes asked John B. Funk, Chairman of the Maryland State Roads Commission, to make the change, Funk resisted by saying: “We’re just about done, we don’t want any more projects.” Tawes replied: “You’re going to have to put one in to have access to UMBC.” The final plan included right-of-entry for the State Highway Administration to construct a section of Metropolitan Boulevard across the corner of UMBC’s property, connecting the access to I-95 to Rolling Road. A letter from Dr. Calvin B.T. Lee to Dr. Elkins requests a letter to be written to the Maryland Department of General Services granting the State Highway Administration the necessary legal right-of-entry.