TFP - MD 214 Corridor Planning Study
The scope of this project is for a planning-level study only with concept-level plans. However, a capital project may be initiated in the future to implement the recommendations of the study if deemed justified by the County.
We are proposing to upgrade conditions along MD 214 (Central Avenue) from MD 468 (Muddy Creek Road) to its eastern terminus, immediately east of Oakford Avenue, to improve travel conditions for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Lane use at several intersections is recommended to be changed to accommodate future traffic demand, but the roadway itself will remain a two-lane section. Assessments are being considered to evaluate the feasibility of parallel roadway sections for emergency access to/from various points along the corridor.
Upgraded bicycle facilities are recommended in the form of on-road bicycle lanes and/or off-road shared-use paths. Additional pedestrian facilities are proposed, including new sidewalks and designated crossings.
A draft future conditions evaluation has been completed based on findings from the existing conditions study and associated public input. A final version of the future conditions report will be available after additional public input is received, compiled, and reviewed by the County.
Growth in development in the area will result in increased travel demand, and existing operational and safety concerns have been noted by communities along the corridor. Pedestrian and bicycle facilities are below County standards. There are no marked crossings for pedestrians. The goals of the project are to address current roadway design deficiencies, improve travel level-of-service by reducing current and forecasted congestion, reduce crash potential, improve pedestrian and bicycle compatibility, and minimize impacts to the natural and built environment.
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