Updated: Jan 14
The Hogan Administration has announced more than $13 million in grants to support bicycle and pedestrian safety and connectivity across Maryland, including the B&A Trail in Anne Arundel County.
Improvements to the Caraker Memorial Plaza on the B&A Trail in Anne Arundel County, will be part of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). The RTP focuses on investments that improve and preserve the statewide recreational trail network. 2021 RTP funding includes more than $1 million.
Grants provide funds for trail construction, enhancement, repair and maintenance. This year’s RTP grants include $360,000 to develop a new network of trails in Baltimore County – about 13 miles – at Patapsco Valley State Park near the park’s highly utilized McKeldin Area.
Another RTP grant of $72,000 will fund a trail maintenance crew in Cecil County’s Elk Neck State Forest to help maintain the area’s 27-mile trail system. Overall, $1 million in RTP awards will fund 15 projects statewide.
“These grants represent our ongoing commitment to all users of our highway system -- motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists,” said MDOT SHA Administrator Tim Smith. “Recreational trails, along with pedestrian and bicycle facilities, are a critical link in our highway network.”
Fiscal year 2021 funding also includes more than $12 million from the Transportation Alternatives Program
“Our administration remains committed to prioritizing safety and connectivity in Maryland's transportation network,” said Governor Larry Hogan.
“These grants, with the support of our state and federal partners, will help our communities fulfill their bike and pedestrian project needs.”
Bicycle and pedestrian access has been an important source of recreation and mobility for Marylanders throughout the COVID-19 emergency, and the funding from these grant programs allow the state to support local partners and invest in Maryland’s transportation network.
“Safe bike and pedestrian infrastructure is an important part of our transportation system,” said MDOT Secretary Greg Slater. “The projects supported by these grants represent a partnership at the state, local and federal level to improve the lives of all Marylanders.”
The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) provides funding for on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, environmental mitigation and Safe Routes to School projects.
A portion of the state’s allotment is awarded by metropolitan planning organizations, and a portion is awarded by the state. This year’s TAP funding is highlighted by a $4 million award to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for rehabilitation and restoration of Casselman River Bridge, a historic span in Garrett County.
Another TAP allocation of $443,000 will go to the Somerset County Department of Recreation and Parks to design the second phase of a shared-use path parallel to MD 413, building on a first phase that opened in 2020. In all, combined TAP awards total more than $12 million and support 11 projects, including:
Repairing and rehabilitating 12.6 miles of the C&O Canal towpath surface from Sharpsburg to Taylors Landing and from Taylors Landing to Downsville in Washington County;
Completing final design for the 3.7-mile Garrison Boulevard and 2.4-mile Belair Road Transit Priority Initiative Corridors in Baltimore City to improve bus stop accessibility and safety;
Constructing an ADA-compliant sidewalk adjacent to Appeal Lane in Lusby, Calvert County, including grading and stormwater management facilities for treatment of proposed impervious surfaces.
Replacement of a trail bridge along Tuckahoe Valley Trail at Tuckahoe Valley State Park in Caroline County;
Constructing a 1.2-mile hiking and mountain biking trail connecting Adventures Sports Complex International with Fork Run Recreation Area in Garrett County;
Rehabilitating and expanding the existing soft launch access at Jackson's Landing at Patuxent River Park in Prince George’s County with a larger floating launch that has three slips for canoes and kayaks and improved ADA accessibility.
A complete list of grant-funded projects for each program can be found here. Detailed information about each program is available through the following links:
--from MDOT SHA press release