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County:Howard Project Number:AW031_11
Project Name:
MD 32, Sykesville Road

Location of Project:

Planning Study to determine potential safety and capacity improvements on MD 32 from MD 26 (Liberty Road) to I-70 (7.5 miles).
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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, initiated in 2016, included 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 transportation project development process.

Community Survey
To inform the planning process, the project team conducted an on-line transportation survey. 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, 82.6% noted “Travel Time Congestion” to be of greatest concern in the 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; and,
  • Survey results;
Information on conditions collected during the study, survey results and public comments were evaluated prior to the development of planning study recommendations.

Final Report
The April 2018 MD 32 Planning Study From I-70 to MD 26 includes:
  • 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:

Current Phase:Planning
Funded Year :2016 How much will this project cost?
Funding Source(s):State
Last Updated On : 6/15/2018


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