Construction to begin on Ellicott City staircase

Construction work to connect historic Ellicott City's Circuit Courthouse to Main Street is set to begin June 10, County Executive Ken Ulman announced Wednesday. 

The $1.5 million project will link the courthouse's parking lot to Main Street with a pedestrian staircase. The base of the staircase will be in Lot E, behind the Ellicott Mills Brewing Co. 

The county also plans to reconfigure Lot E by making the Court Avenue access point, where vehicles currently exit, both an entrance and an exit. Cars will no longer be able to access the lot from Main Street. The lot's stormwater treatment features will be improved, as well. 

Lot E will be closed for the duration of construction, which is scheduled to end in September, officials said. The project coincides with reconstruction of a collapsed area on Mulligan's Hill on Maryland Avenue. Combined, the projects will result in 59 temporarily unavailable parking spaces out of the 594 total spaces downtown, according to the county. 

Construction hours will be between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Officials said they didn't expect traffic along Main Street and Court Avenue to be impacted by the project. 

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