Funding Complete Streets

April 12, 2024
Maryland county makes historic infrastructure investment

On Thursday, Calvin Ball, executive of Howard County, Maryland, announced an investment of $14.7 million towards complete streets and active transportation infrastructure.

Ball included $14.7 million for pedestrian, bicycle, and complete streets projects in his proposed fiscal year 2025 capital budget.

Some of the funding requests include:

  • $1.7 million for Cradlerock Way safety improvements to enhance safety following a recent pedestrian fatality on that road.
  • $1.6 million to continue Walk Howard implementation and sidewalk projects.
  • $1.5 million for school route pathways and sidewalks.
  • $1.1 million to continue Bike Howard implementation with bike infrastructure.

Ball also highlighted the county’s partnership with Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, and Congressman John Sarbanes to secure federal funding to increase county investment in active transportation. The county received two Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) investments which include:

  • $1 million in construction funding for the Dobbin Road Pathway project, which will complete a shared pathway along Dobbin Road from Oakland Mills Road to Snowden River Parkway, and
  • $750,000 in construction funding for the FLASH bus stops, which will be located throughout Maple Lawn, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and Downtown Columbia.

Two major upcoming active transportation projects Ball highlighted were a Frederick Road sidewalk project and the start of Phase One of the countywide Bike Wayfinding project. Additionally, this summer, the Howard County Office of Transportation will begin the first phase of its Bike Wayfinding project.



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