Downtown Columbia to Stevens Forest Road Pathway

Pages from 30% DESIGN PRESENTATION BOARDS - GATE LOCATION SHOWNThe Downtown Columbia to Stevens Forest Road Pathway would connect the growing shared-use pathway network in Downtown Columbia to Hillcroft Executive Park, Owen Brown, Lake Elkhorn, and the Patuxent Branch Trail. The 1.3-mile pathway would generally follow an existing sewer alignment along the Little Patuxent River.

In November 2017, Howard County received a grant from the Maryland Bikeways Program to perform detailed engineering analysis on the the alignment’s most significant engineering challenges, which are two small bridge structures and the proposed pathway’s crossing under US 29. More information about this phase of the project will be available as it progresses.

In 2016, the Office of Transportation and Department of Public works initiated a preliminary design study funded by the Maryland Bikeways Program. The results of the design study and information presented at a public meeting held on October 6, 2016 are shown below.

30% Design Boards-Stevens Forest to Downtown Columbia

30% Design Plans-Stevens Forest to Downtown Columbia

Basis of Design Report-Stevens Forest to Downtown Columbia Trail

Patuxent Branch Trail Extension Feasibility Study

In December of 2013, the Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning initiated a study to assess the feasibility of linking Downtown Columbia to the Patuxent Branch Trail by exploring and evaluating both existing and potential on and off road pathways to develop a direct connection. The feasibility study report recommended separating and developing the project in separate sections by advancing the section from Downtown Columbia to Stevens Forest Road though design and then conducting additional community outreach and traffic studies for the next phase of the project.

The report contains five sections and an executive summary, along with the appendices. The full report, along with each section and the appendices is presented below.

REPORT-Patuxent Branch Trail Extension Feasibility Study- Final

Executive Summary-Patuxent Branch Trail Extension Feasibility Study- Final

Section 1-Summary of Findings-Patuxent Branch Trail Extension Feasibility Study- Final

Section 2-Existing Conditions-Patuxent Branch Trail Extension Feasibility Study- Final

Section 3-Alternatives Analysis-Patuxent Branch Trail Extension Feasibility Study- Final

Section 4-Recommendations-Patuxent Branch Trail Extension Feasibility Study- Final

Section 5-Design and Maintenance Guidelines-Patuxent Branch Trail Extension Feasibility Study- Final

APPENDIX-Patuxent Branch Trail Extension Feasibility Study-Final

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