Baltimore County News
Completes important connection between Owings Mills and Liberty Road Corridor
Dozens of cheering community leaders from the Randallstown and Owings Mills areas came out this morning to help Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz cut a ribbon to officially open the final stretch of Owings Mills Boulevard, completing a much-anticipated link between these residential and business communities.
This new 1.2 mile roadway connects Winands Road to Liberty Road (Route 26), joining existing portions of the boulevard to form a continuous 3.8-mile route from Reisterstown Road to Liberty Road and connecting two centers of development.
“Completing Owings Mills Boulevard not only promotes economic prosperity, but will ease local traffic congestion and diminish cut-through traffic,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “This is a major infrastructure investment for our community.”
About the new roadway
Construction for the $13 million dollar construction project began in the fall of 2013 and has been part of the County’s Master Plan since the County purchased the land for highway construction in the 1980s. The landscaped roadway is four lanes, has a raised median and features sidewalks on both sides – one designated for both pedestrians and bicycles. The retaining walls feature an attractive faux-stone finish.
The Department of Public Works worked closely with area residents and businesses to ensure that the construction would have the least impact possible. Construction was scheduled to take into account residential and customer parking needs and the County accommodated businesses along Liberty Road, as well as businesses and residents of Kings Park Estates and Woodridge with landscaping, lights, signs and new paving.
“This final section of Owings Mills Boulevard opens up a major artery and will relieve traffic by keeping drivers from zig-zagging through side streets to get where they need to go,” said 4th District Councilman Julian Jones.
$30 million in roadway investments for Randallstown
The newly completed $13 million route is part of Baltimore County’s $30 million investment in the Randallstown growth area since 2008. In addition to this important roadway extension, transportation infrastructure in this area has been enhanced with the previous extension of Owings Mills Boulevard from Lyons Mill Road to Winands Road (completed in 2012), and the widening of Lyons Mill Road between Owings Mills Boulevard and Marriottsville Road (completed in 2012).
Friday, May 20 Events Planned for Towson, Timonium, Catonsville, Owings Mills and White Marsh
On Friday, May 20, hundreds of Baltimore County residents are expected to celebrate national Bike to Work Day. Bike to Work Day (BTWD) rallies are being held in Towson, Timonium, Catonsville, Owings Mills and White Marsh to celebrate those who commute to work by bike, and to encourage others to give it a try.
Rallies will include free early-morning refreshments and giveaways, and those that pre-register at www.Bike2WorkCentralMD.com will also receive Bike to Work Day t-shirts and are eligible to win prizes. New this year, a B2WD after-party will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Handlebar Café, located at 511 S Caroline St, Baltimore, MD 21231.
Bike to Work Day is an annual event, promoting bicycling as a healthy and enjoyable commute option that eases congestion. It is managed regionally by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council through collaboration with state agencies, bicycle and pedestrian advocacy groups, cities and counties throughout Central Maryland, committed volunteers and generous sponsors.
Baltimore County government is marking its thirteenth year in sponsoring the local events, which have been steadily growing in number and participants. The Owings Mills location is in its second year, and is hosted by Edaptive Systems Inc. (400 Red Brook Blvd, Owings Mills, MD 21117). The White Marsh event, in its sixth year, but at a new location, is hosted by Merritt Athletic Club (5301 Campbell Boulevard, White Marsh MD 21236). The White Marsh event runs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and features free Gatorade and light refreshments, screenings by Agape physical Therapy, and a raffle for 3-month membership.
“Biking to work is an efficient and fun way to get the exercise you need while commuting to the workplace,” said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “And, biking rather than driving to work can help reduce the amount of vehicle emissions which are a significant contributor to the region’s ground-level ozone problem.”
For more information, visit http://www.baltometro.org/be-involved/transportation-options/bike/bike-to-work-day
CareFirst, one of the largest health and wellness companies in the region, is also one of the largest employers in Baltimore County. Over 2,200 CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield workers are based in Owings Mills.
That’s the good news. The even better news is that CareFirst has renewed seven leases that will keep many of the company’s key operations in Baltimore County through 2028.
CareFirst offices are at the center of a booming Owings Mills, along Red Run Boulevard and overlooking Metro Centre at Owings Mills, the soon-to-be-redeveloped mall property, new apartments and townhomes and near the Foundry Row development and Stevenson University. The convenience of interstate and Metro at their doorstep, exciting new restaurants and shopping, a public library and community college center and a Class-A business community make for a great place to work.
So as you come off the Owings Mills exit at I-795, look toward the high rise offices at the town center. Then give a wave and a thank you to CareFirst for its long-term commitment to Baltimore County.
You’ll be seeing the CareFirst logo in Owings Mills for many years to come.
Revised April 6, 2016