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$200,000 in Funding to Leverage Grants for New Bike Trails and Bike Lanes

Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler announced a plan to jump-start the development of new bike trails and bike lanes linking neighborhoods, parks and schools around the County. This funding initiative supports a county-wide master planning process for improving bicycle and pedestrian access and safety intended to add to the livability and sustainability of Baltimore County communities.

“People want to live in communities where they have easy access to bike trails and bike lanes so they can safely pedal to work and school and can enjoy a weekend bike ride with family and friends,” Mohler said. “Our BaltCoBike 2030 initiative is a planning and grant-making process that will prioritize funding for recreational off-road bike trails and bike lanes that will be strategically located to help provide more transportation options for residents in the County and surrounding jurisdictions.”

The initiative will allocate $200,000 in County funding that would supply matching funds as required by state, federal and private grant programs including, but not limited to, the Maryland Bikeways Program; the federal Recreational Trails Program; and the Transportation Alternatives Program. The program could leverage as much as $1 million in funding for County projects. The initial funds will be identified in the existing budget in the Department of Public Works. Beginning in FY20, we are hopeful that there will be a line item in the County’s budget to support this program. “I am pleased that for the first time we will actually identify funding to expand biking opportunities in Baltimore County,” said Mohler.

 “Creating environments that support biking and walkability is increasingly important to maintaining the County’s attractiveness and quality of life for our residents,” said Planning Director Andrea Van Arsdale. “Promoting walking and bicycling also helps to address the national obesity problem, supports environmental sustainability and helps to strengthen people’s sense of connection to their neighbors and communities.”

“Dedicated public funding is key to delivering bike and pedestrian projects that our residents can enjoy,” said Public Works Director Steve Walsh.

“This is a very positive initiative because I know that community leaders around the County are interested in having more bike trails and bike lanes as desirable amenities that offer great opportunities to ride for fun and for getting around,” said County Council Chair Julian E. Jones, Jr.

“This is a very generous and proactive step by the County that will be put to good use in providing safe accommodations for people to walk and bike, providing   multiple benefits including recreation, fitness and easing traffic congestion,” said Sheldon Epstein, the Chair of the County’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee. “We are seeing national trends where walking and riding a bike are becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to driving for short trips.”


Community Cheers as Mohler Cuts Ribbon on Replacement Span

The rain did not dampen the spirits in Woodlawn this morning as Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler celebrated the grand opening of a newly rebuilt pedestrian bridge that replaces the one used by generations of Woodlawn area residents.

“This footbridge is an important community connection, giving people easy access to the high school, library and shopping and we’re committed to providing resources like this that enhance the quality of life for our residents,” Mohler said.

The original bridge, built over a stream in 1973, served the community for more than 40 years until it was closed and removed in 2014 for structural and safety reasons. 

“This bridge means a lot to the Woodlawn community, especially the students who will use it to access Woodlawn High School and the library branch,” said County Council Chair Julian E. Jones, Jr. “I appreciate the efforts of the County Executive and Department of Public Works to provide this modern footbridge that is wheelchair accessible and built to last for many decades.”

“Council Chairman Jones and I are always working closely together to help the people of Woodlawn and I am very pleased about the replacement of this pedestrian bridge because walkability is important to the community,” said 1st District Councilman Tom Quirk.

The $400,000 bridge is designed to include a concrete deck and approach embankments which are compliant with ADA standards. (The original bridge was not compliant as it had steps.) The bridge is 60 feet in overall structural length and the deck is 6 feet 5 inches wide. It is an aluminum truss bridge with a reinforced concrete deck. The span sits on two concrete abutments and is covered with an attractive stained, brick-form, liner finish.

Photos of today’s event may be viewed on the County website.


Approximately 17,500 Gallons Released into Tributary of Herring Run

Baltimore County’s Department of Public Works has reported a sanitary sewer overflow in the 6600 block of Collinsdale Road in the Parkville-Hillendale area (east of Loch Raven Boulevard and south of Taylor Avenue). A discharge from a sewer line of 17,500 gallons began yesterday (Thursday, September 6) at 2:55 p.m. Utility crews responded immediately and stopped the overflow at 11:55 p.m.

The sanitary sewerage discharge was caused by a broken sewer main. Crews located the break and set up a pump-around, which halted the flow shortly before midnight. Some of the discharge flowed to a tributary of Herring Run. 

Baltimore County Department of Health inspectors investigated the area and observed no signs of sewage in any publicly accessible areas. The overflow site is in a wooded area, which is difficult to reach and mostly surrounded by fencing. Therefore, no alert/advisory signs were posted and no water sampling will be conducted at this time.

When water contact advisories are necessary, they are posted on the Department of Health website at http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/health/environmentalhealth/watersampling/alertadvisory.html


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017