Columbia Road Traffic Operations Assessment and Complete Streets Study

The Howard County Office of Transportation is conducting a complete streets corridor study for the segment of Columbia Road from Old Annapolis Road to ¼ mile east of Hemlock Cone Way. In conjunction with the complete streets planning project, the Office of Transportation is assessing current traffic operations along Columbia Road between MD 108 and Old Annapolis Road. Based on initial public input, the Office of Transportation has developed a draft vision statement for Columbia Road:

Columbia Road shall provide convenient access to local destinations—including shopping, schools, employment, and recreation—for users of all transportation modes, and to regional roadways for drivers, while maintaining safe operations and appropriate speeds.

To provide comments about the draft vision statement, click here. Comments on the draft vision statement will be accepted until March 15, 2019.

The kickoff meeting, entitled "Envisioning Columbia Road," was held on Monday, December 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Linden Hall. The following materials were presented at the meeting:

In addition, a survey and questionnaire about transportation preferences and challenges on Columbia Road garnered over 50 responses, which will guide the development of a vision statement and concept proposals. Click here to view a summary of the input received.

The initial public comment period for this project has concluded. However, general comments, feedback, or questions are always welcome. To provide a comment, or for more information, email transportation@howardcountymd.gov or call (410) 313-4360.

 

Traffic Operations Assessment

Complete Streets Study

Study Segment

MD 108 to Old Annapolis Road Old Annapolis Road to ¼ mile east of Hemlock Cone Way

Themes

  • Vehicle Congestion
  • Intersection Delay
  • Traffic Safety
  • Speed Management
  • On-Street Parking
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Bicycle Connectivity
  • Vehicle Traffic Flow

Objectives

  1. Conduct traffic counts and review
    crash data to assess current traffic
    operations.
  2. Identify needs and opportunities for
    improvements.
  3. Quantify safety and operational
    impacts of possible improvements.
  4. Develop planning concepts for
    improvements that may reduce
    congestion and collisions.
  1. Develop a collaborative vision for
    Columbia Road, in accordance with
    community goals and the guidance
    of PlanHoward, BikeHoward, and WalkHoward.
  2. Identify cost-effective improvements
    consistent with this vision.
  3. Quantify safety, operational, and
    environmental impacts of proposed changes.