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County:Howard Project Number:AW031_11
MD 0032 SYKESVILLE ROAD I-70 (HOWARD COUNTY) TO MD 26 (CARROLL COUNTY)
Project Name:
MD 32, Sykesville Road

Location of Project:
I-70 (HOWARD COUNTY) TO MD 26 (CARROLL COUNTY)

Description:
Planning study to determine potential safety and capacity improvements on MD 32 from MD 26 (Liberty Road) to I-70 (7.5 miles).
 
Scope:
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The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (MDOT/SHA), in cooperation with Carroll and Howard counties, is undertaking the MD 32 Planning Study, to evaluate transportation issues on MD 32, extending from I-70 in Howard County to just north of MD 26 (Liberty Road) in Carroll County, approximately 7 miles. The purpose of the study is to:

  • Assess the area’s transportation needs;
  • Develop a long-term transportation vision for the corridor; and
  • Identify concepts for short-term improvements.
As the primary north-south roadway for adjacent neighborhoods and the communities of West Friendship, Sykesville and Eldersburg, MD 32 is an important thoroughfare for businesses, residents and commuters within Howard and Carroll counties, linking them to I-70 and the Baltimore-Washington region. Due to traffic volume increases along MD 32, roadway and intersections can no longer efficiently meet the needs of some of the surrounding areas.

 
What Is Under Study:
The MD 32 Planning Study is funded for planning only. The planning process will include agency and public involvement in the identification of transportation needs, reasonable transportation concepts, as well as the identification of potential social, economic, and natural environmental impacts. Information compiled during the study can be used to complete detailed study as part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) planning process. The final product, a Planning Study Report, will prioritize elements to move forward in the MDOT/SHA project development process.

Community Survey Results: June 2016: MD 32 Top Transportation Concerns

To inform the planning process, the project team conducted an on-line transportation survey. Click to view Survey Questions. Links to the survey were included in the Spring 2016: MD 32 Project Newsletter, and in a postcard mailed to 6,000 project area households. Project team members completed additional outreach outside the mailing boundary limits, by announcing the survey at public meetings held in the area on related projects.

Of the 635 people responding:

  • 87.5% live within the mailing boundary;
  • 74.1% commute through the project area daily;
  • 82.6% noted “Travel Time Congestion” to be of greatest concern.
Click Survey Summary Results.

Informational Public Workshop
Approximately 80 people attended the June 9, 2016 Public Workshop. Display Boards presented at the workshop summarized:
  • Existing information on the transportation corridor
  • Environmental features
  • Traffic and operational data
  • Crash history
  • Survey results
Click to view Display Boards. Participants also were provided an opportunity to identify problem locations on maps made available at workshop stations. Team members were available to answer project related questions.

Transportation concerns identified by workshop participants mirror those identified by survey respondents, and include: traffic congestion, difficulty making left turns, and traffic safety; specifically aggressive driving and speeding.

Next Steps:
The Planning Study is scheduled for completion in Fall 2017. The report will include:
  • A long-term vision for the corridor; and
  • Concepts for short-term improvements to address the area’s most pressing transportation needs.
Related Project: MD 851-Sykesville Project site.


Project Type:
PLANNING STUDY

Current Phase:Planning
Funded Year :2016 How much will this project cost?
Funding Source(s):State
Last Updated On : 11/22/2017
 
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