1.3 miles of the existing Patuxent Branch Trail between the Patuxent Branch trailhead at Old Guilford Road and Vollmerhausen Road in Savage (shown in red on the map below):
Project was identified as a short term priority in the Howard County Bicycle Master Plan.
Transportation Alternatives grant was awarded in September 2015 for design and construction. The amount of the grant is $1.09 million for both design and construction.
Engineering and design will continue in 2021. Additional grant funds are likely to be required for construction due to the storm water runoff complexity of the project.
About the Project
The goal of this project is to upgrade the surface of the currently unpaved portion of the Patuxent Branch Trail, to bring it up to the same quality as the rest of the trail. The current surface is a mix of gravel and dirt with potholes that become puddles after rain. Upgrading with a consistent asphalt finish will improve accessibility for wider variety of non-motorized users including:
- People walking and jogging
- People with jogging or walking strollers
- People in wheelchairs, mobility devices and walking aids
- People on bicycles
A paved surface will allow daily use of this trail, without puddles and mud, for both recreation and transportation by all the groups listed above.
The trail forms a critical connectivity link as part of a regional bicycle and pedestrian network between Downtown Columbia, Savage and Laurel. For more information on this regional network, click here and see map below of current and future bicycle and pedestrian connections in Howard County.
The natural beauty of the area will be preserved, with the only change being the surface quality. The photos below show the current Patuxent Branch Trail, paved section on the left and unpaved section on the right.
The design process will evaluate the feasibility of retaining a natural surface jogging area on the side of the trail. This is a common feature of multi-use trails, including the Capital Crescent Trail in Montgomery County. See photo below showing natural surface jogging area on the Capital Crescent Trail.
- Original (1994) Patuxent Branch Trail plans
- The segment to be upgraded is shown on sheets 10-15.
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