County Breaks Ground On Broadneck Peninsula Bike Trail
By Ellen Kinsella
With construction officially underway for a new Anne Arundel County trail located along the Broadneck Peninsula, local bikers, hikers and runners will soon have a new, safe path that connects Cape St. Claire to the Baltimore-Annapolis trail.
The 6.6-mile east-to-west multi-use trail, to be completed in six phases, will run down the length of College Parkway, and will ultimately connect with the existing Baltimore-Annapolis Trail at Ritchie Highway in Arnold at College Parkway. It will be 10 feet wide, and may be used by cyclists, walkers and joggers.
The County Department of Public Works is overseeing the construction of the project, which began last month. Phase IA, beginning at Green Holly Drive and extending to E. College Parkway, has a projected completion date of January 2013.
Matt Diehl, spokesman for the County Department of Public Works, outlined the construction phases in the County Trail Master Plan, but admitted, Future phases are contingent upon funding in future budgets.
The proposed phases are as follows:
- Phase IB - College Parkway East to Bay Head Drive
- Phase II - Bay Dale Drive to Green Holly Drive
- Phase III - Peninsula Farm Road to Bay Dale Drive
- Phase IV - B & A Trail to Peninsula Farm Road
- Phase V Bay Head Park to Sandy Point State Park and community connector trails.
In addition to the main trail, there will also be a series of paved, eight-foot-wide spurs. The overall project also includes necessary safety features such as crosswalks, ramps, signals and signage.
The trail will eventually cross Ritchie Highway and connect with the B&A Trail near Anne Arundel Community College; however, this part has yet to have been designed, and could prove challenging due to budgetary limitations.
The County Department of Recreation and Parks will take control of the project once the construction is completed. Its going to be a great amenity for the community. Families will be able to go to Super Fresh or the library without having to get into their cars, noted Mark Garrity, parks administrator.
Garrity added that during a later phase of the construction, a respite area and spur leading to the library, along with assorted benches along the trail, would be added. This way people can stop and relax, he explained.
Local residents are happy about the new trail as well. Im pleased to see work has started on the Broadneck Trail; Im thrilled there will be a safer route for pedestrians and cyclists. Between the wonderful improvements to the playing fields at Broadneck Park by BAYS, our work to update the playground with Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks, and the new trail, Broadneck residents are very fortunate to have such wonderful outdoor recreational opportunities," said local resident Kara McGuirk-Allison of the Friends of Broadneck Park.
Currently, a map of the proposed Broadneck Bike Trail is accessible on the Countys Rec and Parks website at www.aacounty.org/recParks/parks/trails.