$1.65M for Howard Trail Upgrade to Improve Accessibility

A $1.65 million grant has been awarded to Howard County to upgrade the surface of a 1.3-mile dirt and gravel section of the popular Patuxent Branch Trail in Savage and Kings Contrivance that will improve its accessibility for all.

The grant, awarded through the State of Maryland Transportation Alternatives program, is funded with federal dollars and the project was selected by the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board.

“Howard County has a wonderful and growing network of pathways and trails that promote walking and biking, reduce the environmental impact of gas-powered vehicles, and allow all our residents to appreciate the natural beauty around us. The Patuxent Branch Trail is a treasure, and this upgrade will improve access for all,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball.

Accessibility upgrades have been a priority in the past few years. Howard County has completed renovations and improvements at a variety of parks and locations, including at Centennial Park, Haviland Mill Park and Blandair Park, as well as an accessible playground in Savage Park among other improvements.

According to the County press release, construction work to improve the 1.3-mile section of the trail between Old Guilford Road and Vollmerhausen Road is expected to begin in 2024. Design and engineering are already in progress, incorporating community input and minimizing environmental impacts.

Read the full press release.

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