Construction crews are working hard in cold weather to finish up the first phase of the Broadneck Peninsula Trail, which will stretch from Green Holly Drive to Old Cape St. Claire Road.
The ultimate goal of the trail is to create a path for walkers and bikers in Broadneck that connects from Cape St. Claire all the way to the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail.
Anne Arundel County Government spokesman Dave Abrams said Friday that the trail's first phase should be completed by January. Abrams also said that residents shouldn't worry about the vegetation that has been displaced during the construction work.
"There will be significant replanting, so people can rest assured that once the trail is complete, it will look much better," Abrams said. "This trail has been talked about and planned for a very long time, and we're excited for it to become a reality."
Until the work is done, a barrier has been placed at the entrance to the trail on Green Holly Drive, prohibiting walking.
Phase 1 of the project involves paving a 1.67-mile walking trail from Green Holly Drive to Old Cape St. Claire Road. Work began in August at a groundbreaking ceremony across from Broadneck Park. Phase 1 also includes an entrance to the trail from the parking lot of the Broadneck Library.
Phase 2 is currently in the design stage, Abrams said. It has not yet received funding.
Phases of the Broadneck Peninsula Trail
- Phase 1A—Green Holly Drive to College Parkway East (.87 miles)
- Phase 1B—College Parkway East to Bay Head Road (.80 miles)
- Phase 2—Bay Dale Drive to Green Holly Drive (1.24 miles)
- Phase 3—Peninsula Farm Road to Bay Dale Drive (2.47 miles)
- Phase 4—B&A Trail to Peninsula Farm Road (.48 miles)
- Phase 5—Bay Head Park to Sandy Point Park (2.48 miles)
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