Maryland awarded $16.8 million in grants to improve bicycle, pedestrian and trail improvements throughout the state, including at the Bethesda Trolley Trail and a shared use path on Clarksburg Road.
“Over the last year and a half, more and more Marylanders have been walking, riding bikes, and using trails for transportation, recreation, and exercise,” said Governor Larry Hogan in a news release. “These grants, made possible through the federal and state programs, are helping us enhance quality of life and provide additional safe bike and pedestrian opportunities.”
A $52,000 grant to design a bikeway network to the Bethesda Trolley Trail through North Bethesda from the White Flint Metro Station to the Twinbrook Metro Station was included in the 42 projects.
The State Highway Administration awarded a $3,673,267 grant to construct a shared use 8-foot wide path along Route 355 in Clarksburg. The 2,500-linear feet path will run along the east side of Route 355 from Snowden Farm Parkway to 430-feet north of Clarksburg Road and from 670-feet should of Clarksburg Road to Stringtown Road.
Other projects in Montgomery County include a $46,000 award for pedestrian safety improvements on Route 188 at Cordell Avenue to improve access to Bethesda Elementary School and $20,000 to design pedestrian beacon safety improvements at Route 187 and Cordell Avenue.
Also, $254,400 was awarded to design another section of a bikeway along New Hampshire Avenue between Auburn and Popular Avenues in Takoma Park.
“Bicycle and pedestrian facilities are key components of Maryland’s broad, multimodal transportation strategy,” MDOT Secretary Greg Slater said. “Through these state and federal grant programs, we’re delivering projects that preserve and enhance Maryland’s cultural, historical, and environmental attributes and make them safe and accessible for everyone.”
— Michael Ricci (@riccimike) September 20, 2021