The Department of Recreation and Parks has constructed a trail connection adjacent to Old Guilford Road between the Guilford Pratt Truss Bridge and the Patuxent Branch Trail to Lake Elkhorn. This project increases safety for people walking, jogging, and bicycling along Old Guilford Road, and contribute to the goal of a connected pathway between Columbia and Savage.
Wasn't there always a pathway here? From it was constructed in the 1980s until 2019, the Patuxent Branch Trail shared space with a public road (Old Guilford Road) between the Guilford Pratt Truss Bridge and the pathway to Lake Elkhorn. This project created designated space for people walking, jogging, and bicycling for the first time.
Were trees removed for the pathway construction? Thirty two trees were removed. All trees that were removed were originally planted in 2014 as mitigation for the constructed public sanitary sewer installation. These were not mature and were between three and seven inch diameter measured on their trunk. Thirty two new and native trees were carefully planted to replace the thirty two existing trees that will be removed.
Does this affect the pathway entrance from Old Guilford Road? The entrance will remain accessible to people walking and bicycling from sunrise to sunset, as specified in County Code Sec. 19.204.