Robert Fulton Drive

The Howard County Office of Transportation is conducting a planning study and preliminary design for a shared-use (pedestrian and bicycle) pathway along Robert Fulton Drive.

The goals of the project are:

  • Improved bicycle and pedestrian access to Columbia Gateway from surrounding communities
  • Improved bicycle and pedestrian access from Columbia Gateway to nearby "lunch hour" restaurants and retail destinations
  • Seek to connect to nearby projects on Oakland Mills Road, McGaw Road, and Snowden River Parkway, as well as the Columbia pathway network.

The Office of Transportation held an open-house style community meeting on November 19, 2019 in the cafeteria of Guilford Elementary School to present concept options for public review and comment. Based on the comments heard at the public meeting on November 19th and received via email after the meeting, Howard County will be advancing Option 1D/2C to preliminary design. Click here to view those two concepts. Preliminary design will begin shortly, with a field topographic survey and environmental assessment as the first phase.

For more information, please click here to send an email to transportation@howardcountymd.gov. Materials from the meeting are below.

Study Area Options

Concept Meeting Boards
Area Description Links
Area 1 Columbia Gateway Drive to Solar Walk

Plan Options

Typical Sections

Area 2 Solar Walk to Oakland Mills Road/Snowden River Parkway

Plan Options

Typical Sections

Area 3 Solar Walk to Wegmans

Plan Options

Typical Sections

Areas 1-3 Full Study Area

Key Map

Impacts Analysis

Study Process

This planning phase assessed multiple options across three areas within the broader study boundaries, as shown above. As pedestrian and bicycle access into Gateway can be provided via multiple projects in the future, the specific goals of this concept phase were to determine:

  • Whether this design phase should pursue a connection to the bicycle and pedestrian network at the Snowden River Parkway/Oakland Mills Road intersection (Area 2) or at Wegmans (Area 3)
  • Once that selection is made, which of the assessed options should be advanced to preliminary design.

Based on the comments heard at the public meeting on November 19th and received via email after the meeting, Howard County will be advancing Option 1D/2C to preliminary design. Click here to view those two concepts. Preliminary design will begin shortly, with a field topographic survey and environmental assessment as the first phase.