Governor Hogan Announces $14.9 Million for 63 Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects Across the State

September 30, 2015

Grants will Support Economic Development, Safety and Transportation Enhancements

mdot_logoFollowing through on his commitment to build a balanced transportation network, Governor Larry Hogan today announced $14.9 million in grants for bicycle, pedestrian and multi-use trails across the state.  The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is awarding a total of 63 grants, including $2.77 million in Bikeways Program grants, $1.03 million in Recreational Trails Program grants, and $11.1 million in Transportation Alternatives Program grants.  MDOT awarded the grants to counties, municipalities and non-profit organizations.

“I am committed to improving transportation in every corner of our great state,” said Governor Hogan.  “With this $14.9 million investment, we’re providing key connections that better link all transportation options and improve safety in 21 counties and 10 municipalities throughout Maryland from Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore.”

The largest of the grants includes $6.96 million in funding from both the Maryland Bikeways and the Transportation Alternatives Programs for the C&O Canal Aqueduct in Washington County.  The grant will support economic development in the State by enhancing Maryland’s attractiveness as a cycling and tourism destination.  The work includes:  replacing the missing sidewall that was destroyed in 1920 and allowing the acqueduct to hold water again; improving structures; re-pointing existing stonework; and waterproofing and extending the Cushwa Basin.

“Restoring the aqueduct along the C&O Canal National Historic Park in Williamsport MD will create a one-of-a-kind experience for National Park Visitors,” said James F. Kercheval, Executive Director of the Greater Hagerstown Committee.  “Williamsport will become a first rate destination, a must-see for National Park enthusiasts. A robust tourism economy will follow this important restoration and preservation project.”

“I’m grateful for Maryland’s investment in the restoration of the Conococheague Aqueduct and the contribution it will make in preserving Maryland’s heritage and expanding recreational opportunities in Western Maryland, ” noted Kevin Brandt, Superintendent C&O Canal National Historic Park.

The Maryland Bikeways Program offers grant assistance to local jurisdictions and other key agencies to help expedite the development of bicycle infrastructure where transportation efficiencies, multimodal travel, economic development and safety benefits are expected.

The $2.77 million in Bikeways Program Grants funds 17 projects including projects that will:

  • construct a combined 1.05 miles of cycle track connecting Baltimore City’s Jones Falls Trail through McKeldin Square and East and West Pratt Street;
  • deliver on-street bicycle improvements along Fitzwater Street in the City of Salisbury connecting across the Wicomico River; and
  • expand Capitol Bikeshare in Wheaton and Takoma Park.

“It is important for a balanced transportation system to take into consideration the needs of pedestrian and bicycle communities,” said Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn.  “These projects strategically add to the State’s walking and biking systems and close key missing transportation links.”

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) focuses on trail investments that close missing links in the statewide trail network.  RTP provides funds for trail construction, enhancement, repairs and maintenance of land and water trails.

The $1.03 million in RTP Grants funds 38 projects including projects that will:

  • complete phase one of the Patuxent River State Park Trail Project in Howard and Montgomery Counties;
  • extend the Union Bridge Wetlands Park Trail in Carroll County; and
  • publish a visitor’s guide and repair a bridge deck for the Adkins Arboretum in Caroline County.

The Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program provides funding for on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, environmental mitigation, safe routes to school projects and planning, designing or constructing boulevards.

The $11.1 million in TA Program Grants funds eight projects including projects that will:

  • construct 500 feet of sidewalk in the Town of Federalsburg allowing students to safety travel
  • 1.24 miles to Federalsburg Elementary School;
  • design and develop a 1.2-mile extension of a shared use path in Queen Anne’s County; and
  • design a trail connection to fill a missing link in the City of Hagerstown (also funded in part by the Bikeways Program).

A complete list of grant-funded projects for each program can be found here.
Detailed information about each program is available by selecting the following links:

The grant funds include both Federal and State funding and collectively support MDOT’s priorities to address critical transportation safety and connectivity needs for all modes of transportation.  MDOT’s draft six-year capital budget (FY 2016 – FY 2021) includes approximately $201 million for bicycle, pedestrian, and trail-related projects – including more than $12 million for the Bikeways Program, $46 million for Transportation Alternatives and $5 million for Recreational Trails. To read the Draft CTP, click here.

MDOT adopted an updated Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan in January 2014.  The Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan establishes a 20-year vision to support cycling and walking as modes of transportation in Maryland.  Click here to learn more.