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MCDOT Wins Grant to Fund New Trail in Clarksburg

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The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) approved $523,416 for the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) to fund the design and engineering of a shared use path and sidewalk along Maryland (MD) Route 355 in Clarksburg from Snowden Farm Parkway to Stringtown Road.

The path will create a link in the existing trail network along MD 355 between Little Bennett Regional Park Trail and the Frederick Road Bike Path.

Montgomery County will contribute about $131,000 to the project if approved by the County Council.

The grant comes from the Maryland Transportation Alternatives Program, which provides federal funds for projects considered as alternatives to traditional highway construction. The program combines three former federal programs: Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to Schools and Recreational Trails. The Maryland program is facilitated by the Maryland State Highway Administration and final funding recommendations are subject to review and approval by the State Secretary of Transportation.

The TPB also approved other projects that will benefit Montgomery County:

–$2 million in grant funds for Montgomery Parks to construct the North Branch Hiker-Biker Trail. This trail is an important link between the Lake Frank/Rock Creek Trail and the Muncaster Mill Road Bikeway/ICC Shared Use Path.
–$99,703 to the City of Rockville for the Falls Road East Shared Use Path.
–$395,000 to the City of Takoma Park for Lincoln Avenue sidewalks (Safe Routes to School).

More information and a map of project locations are available online, here.

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