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Howard County receives $500,000 Maryland grant for North Laurel bike and pedestrian route

Howard County’s Office of Transportation has received more than $500,000 to help construct a 5.6-mile bicycle and pedestrian route between Savage and Laurel.

The Maryland Department of Transportation last week awarded Howard County a Kim Lamphier Bikeways Network Program grant for the North Laurel Connections project.

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“This grant is welcome news as we work to expand our reliable and accessible infrastructure in Howard County,” Howard County Executive Calvin Ball said in a statement. “These improvements will help riders and walkers get to work, school [and] transit, and provide easier access for residents just out for a recreational ride. We know that these critical connections will be beneficial not only to our Laurel and Savage communities but improve the quality of life of all our residents.”

The North Laurel Connections project — part of BikeHoward, Howard County’s Bicycle Master Plan — aims to advance the connection between Laurel and Savage using sidewalks, crosswalks, pathways, on-street bike lanes and sharrows, a shared-lane marking indicating where people should bike.

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The connection will run from the Patuxent Branch Trail trailhead at Savage Park to the North Laurel Community Center, continuing to the Laurel Race Track MARC Station and the Laurel MARC Station.

“This project is all about connections. Connecting people and places in Savage and Laurel and connecting to the existing Patuxent Branch Trail which spans from Savage to Lake Elkhorn,” Chris Eatough, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for the county’s Office of Transportation, said in a statement. “We have already completed a lot of planning and design work on this project, and I am looking forward to seeing the connections implemented through this grant.”

Adopted in 2016 by the Howard County Council, BikeHoward provides guidance for improvements for transportation and recreational bicycling, both on- and off-street.

For more information about the North Laurel Connections project, go to bikehoward.com/projects/north-laurel-connections/ or contact the Office of Transportation at transportation@howardcountymd.gov.

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