Posted April 08, 2018 09:02:09 The Maryland Transportation Administration has signed a contract with the company that will handle cargo transportation for Maryland, officials said Tuesday.

The agency signed the agreement with the New England Cargo Co., which has a contract to transport more than 8.5 million pounds of cargo to and from a major port in New Hampshire, said spokeswoman Heather Wilson.

The contract covers the transportation of the container at a speed of 25 to 30 mph, with a maximum speed of 35 mph, she said.

The Maryland Transportation Department will receive $1.25 million from the New Hampshire company to cover costs associated with the contract, she added.

The company, which was founded in Massachusetts in 1996, has had two other contracts with the state, one for $1 million and one for a similar amount, said spokesman Ryan O’Donnell.

Maryland’s transportation authority has been looking for a way to handle cargo for years.

The agency has been operating out of the Port of Baltimore since January, and a new contract is scheduled for the coming months.

The authority will be able to hire the company’s employees, and it will have the authority to use the company for any other type of transportation, O’Connell said.