Broadneck Bike Trail Moving Forward, Gets $944K in Funding

The trail will run along College Parkway and ultimately connect with the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail.

Hikers and bikers of Broadneck have something to be excited about.

Construction for a new bike trail along College Parkway will begin this summer, and the goal is to create a path that connects from Cape St. Claire all the way to the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail.

Ken Alban, the capital projects manager for the county’s Recreations and Parks Department, said this project has been in the works since 2000.

“The ultimate goal is to make a connection to Route 2, and if we could get across Route 2, the B&A Trail in some fashion,” Alban said. “But that’s way down the road. This part has been in the books for a while and it’s exciting to finally see some funding flow into it.”

A contract for the construction of Phase 1 of the project was recently recommended to Peak Inc. for $944,200, with work set to begin in late summer, according to documents with the county Department of Public Works.

Phase 1 includes the construction of a trail along College Parkway from Green Holly Drive to Cape St. Claire Road.

Other details of the plan, according to specifications listed on the bid document:

  • A 10-foot wide, paved trail along College Parkway, from Green Holly Drive to East College Parkway.
  • A series of 8-foot wide paved spurs to Broadneck Library and Cape St. Claire Road to Walnut Ridge Drive.
  • Crosswalks.
  • Ramps.
  • Curbing.
  • Signal modifications.
  • Signage and markings.
  • Curb walls with hand rails.
  • Fencing.
  • Guardrails.

The cost range for the project was set at $1 million to $1.5 million. Ten bids were received, ranging from $885,000 to $1.4 million.

Peak Inc. came in as the second-lowest bid. The lowest bidder was disqualified for failure to provide bid security, according to documents with the county Department of Public Works.

The plan is for the completed trail to connect with the East Coast Greenway, a network of trails from surrounding states that connect to form a continuous path through scenic areas along the East Coast of the United States, from Maine to Florida.

“But that’s really way out there,” Alban said. “We’re trying to do our part for Anne Arundel County, and other states are doing their own parts.”

Friends of Broadneck Park June 04, 2012 at 04:49 PM
This is great news for our community! New path, new playground, new ways to get out and enjoy beautiful Broadneck!
Melanie Norris June 04, 2012 at 05:49 PM
This is fabulous news! I'm so excited for all of the active Broadneck residents including my son who loves to bike!
ACera June 04, 2012 at 09:02 PM
It's nice to see the county is taking an interest in a safer way for residents to commute along college parkway! College students will have a choice to bike to college with ease! It would be nice if they also would address the original plan of the bike trail connection to Sandy Point. Many kids and bicyclist travel along east college parkway ... A very dangerous "share the road " county bike byway.It.a a great start!
Marc Tippin June 04, 2012 at 11:49 PM
As a runner that usually braves the parkway, this will save my family much stress when I go out for a run. What good news for property value too. We live by Broadneck Park, but can't take the kids without getting in the car because we refuse to bring the strollers onto the parkway! Yay!
Janice E. Abney June 05, 2012 at 12:39 PM
I love it. They cut funding for kids with disabilities but you can ride a bike down a beautiful trail. Yay!
Friends of Broadneck Park June 05, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Janice I am so sorry to hear about the funding cut, I wasn't aware. I hope my elated post wasn't insensitive. My son receives county services so it is a topic dear to my heart. I am hoping the trail will provide a safe path for not only bike enthusiasts but all the kids and teens I see walking to school on College Pkwy. Having said that, we are raising money to improve the playground at Broadneck Park and most importantly make it accessible to children with disabilities. Please join our efforts! I'm looking for more parents to get on board and have a voice for their children. Email me at BAYSPlayground@gmail.com-Kara
D. Frank Smith (Editor) June 05, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Janice, please tell me more: d.frank.smith@patch.com Thanks in advance.
Mike June 11, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Does anyone know if they are paving the trail with asphalt or using a permeable surface? I personally would like to see a push for the permeable surface, the cost is not much different than the standard asphalt and is a step in the right direction for protecting our environment.
Brian smith April 10, 2013 at 12:27 AM
Great news!, as long as you live in Walnut Ridge. Anyone from Cape Saint Claire will risk their lives on Cape Saint Claire speedway just to get to it.


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