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New Updates To Broadneck Peninsula Trail Address Rider Concerns

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Construction on the highly anticipated second phase of the Broadneck Peninsula Trail commenced in mid-April.

This five-phase project will ultimately connect the B&A Trail to Sandy Point State Park.

The first phase, which runs from Green Holly Drive to Cape St. Claire Road, was completed in 2013. The second phase, which will connect Bay Dale Drive to Green Holly Drive, is scheduled to open in July 2019. Phase III, which will connect Peninsula Farm Road to Bay Dale Drive, is in the design process.

Phase II will consist of a 10-foot-wide paved shared-use path. Some sections of the path will be made of a permeable surface that will allow water to seep through to help with stormwater management.

To complete this project, the Department of Public Works had to receive many permits: Anne Arundel County grading permit, Maryland Department of the Environment general permit for stormwater associated with construction activity (NOI), Department of Natural Resources roadside permit and MDE/USACOE waterway construction permit, according to Matt Diehl, public information officer for the Department of Public Works.

Phase II includes more earthwork, grading, tree removal and replanting/reforestation, and more use of permeable asphalt than Phase I.

The replanting and reforestation of trees removed along the path is tentatively scheduled for spring 2019 and is proposed at multiple locations along the entire phase limits, Diehl said.

With this segment, the existing section of the Broadneck Trail will connect to the College Parkway Center, making Broadneck Park, Broadneck High School and Broadneck Library accessible by bike or foot to more people on the peninsula, said Jack Keene, president of Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails.

A potential challenge will be the steep and hilly terrain along College Parkway.

“The challenge is the topography is rather steep,” Keene said. “There’s very deep gullies; there’s hills that aren’t quite so bad, but there are, especially, areas that are going to need to be filled to accommodate the trail. There’s quite a bit of earthwork involved in both Phase II and Phase III of the trail.”

Once the fully finished trail connects destinations along the Broadneck Peninsula, more commuters will be able to use walking and cycling as a realistic means of transportation.

“Until we achieve that interconnectivity, bikers are really hesitant to get on some of our county roads because of the speeds, volume of traffic, lack of shoulders, that sort of thing,” Keene said. “The construction of all the used trails gives the county an alternative transportation system that’s available to people for commuting, for making short trips.”

There will be a small ceremony to celebrate the groundbreaking of Phase II on Wednesday, May 9, as part of Bike to School Day. As Jon Korin, the president of Bicycle Advocates for Anne Arundel County and a member of the Bicycle Advisory Commission, put it, resources like the Broadneck Trail will make it possible for students to bike to school more often.

“Every day can be Bike to School Day,” he said. “As long as they have a good, safe connection from wherever they live to the trail, they can get down the trail.”

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