Howard County is advancing a capital project (T7108) to plan, design, and construct improvements in the MD 108 corridor. They are in the planning stage and are preparing a preliminary design for pedestrian and bicycle enhancements in the section of MD 108 from Guilford Road to Linden Linthicum Lane. When this step in the process is complete, a 30% design that includes estimates of the costs involved will be delivered. This preliminary design will then be used to inform decisions before proceeding to the final design and construction phases.
On October 1, Dave Cookson, Planning Manager, Howard County Office of Transportation (OOT), and Bryan Townsend, Vice President of Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP (WRA) the firm hired to develop the design, provided the Association’s Board of Directors with an update on the project. The preliminary design will aim to balance safety with the community’s and county’s multi-modal transportation priorities. Although the original concept proposed a shared-use pathway on the west side and a sidewalk along the east side, both sides of MD 108 from Guilford Road to just north of MD 32 are being considered for a shared use pathway. A topographic survey, collection of utility information, and field visits to identify constraints have been completed. The preliminary design document will include a layout that includes the sidewalk and shared pathway, landscaping, street furniture, and stormwater management.
OOT anticipates holding a public meeting to present the draft preliminary design in late 2018/early 2019. Keep an eye out for announcements of this meeting in future issues of the newsletter, on the association’s website, on Facebook at River Hill Community Association/Claret Hall, or subscribing to the association’s email updates by texting CLARETHALL to 22828.