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BWI to Odenton Trail - Feasibility Study

Project Background:


The final technical report for this study has been completed and is available using the links below. This includes a recommendation for a preferred trail alignment, which incorporates public input from Fall 2020. Anne Arundel County is not conducting public outreach at this time but still encourages residents and stakeholders to reach out with any questions using the Project Manager's contact information below.


Anne Arundel County is aiming to close the gap in multimodal transportation options linking Odenton with the BWI trail to improve access to vital economic generators in the County, including Ft. Meade, Arundel Mills, BWI Airport, and surrounding employment centers. Several projects and studies have been performed in the area for multimodal improvements, including along MD 175, MD 713, and Clark Road. 
This project, partially funded through a Maryland Bikeways Grant, is focused on areas not yet studied for a potential shared-use path between the end of the WB&A Trail in Odenton and the BWI Trail.  This connecting shared-use path would be paved, off-road, and buffered from motorized traffic, as shown in the information below. The goal of the study is to select a preferred route and a preliminary design for the shared-use path.   The path will be inviting and accessible for bicycle and pedestrian travel between the BWI Trail, Odenton Town Center trails, the WB&A Trail, and nearby destinations.  The study will evaluate safety, connectivity, convenience, cost, and several other factors.


Two potential alignments have been identified – 1) Telegraph Road (MD 170); and 2) WB&A Road. Satellite images of the existing roadways are shown in the images below.

Telegraph Road & WB&A Blvd

The planned pathway will be separated from the roadway as shown below:


The alignment of the proposed path cross-section overlaid on each corridor is shown in the links below:

The Study Area map below shows the potential trail route alignments and the regional trail network, which includes other existing and planned trails to the west.


The benefits of this project include reduced conflict between non-motorized and motorized traffic by providing a separated off-road trail.  A new trail would encourage travelers to consider making trips by walking or bicycling instead of driving and provides a connection between existing trails, creating a more direct and complete trail network in Anne Arundel County.
Project Manager/Contact:
Adam Greenstein
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