US 1 Safety Evaluation

The Office of Transportation and Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration presented and discussed the findings of the evaluation at two public meetings: 

 

Meeting 1: September 27, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Savage Fire Station Community Room, 8521 Corridor Road, Savage MD 20763

 

Meeting 2: October 11, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Elkridge Branch Library Hockley Room, 6540 Washington Boulevard, Elkridge MD 21075

 Click here to view the presentation that was shown at these meetings.

About the Project

Howard County is undertaking a US 1 Safety Evaluation to identify short-term actions to improve safety for people walking and bicycling along US 1. Safety for other transportation modes—motor vehicles and transit—will also be considered. US 1 is a historically commercial and industrial corridor that has more recently seen new residential and mixed-use development.

The Evaluation’s geographic scope is US 1 in Howard County between the Baltimore and Prince George’s County lines. Within this 10.9-mile corridor, the Evaluation has identified four focus areas for detailed study based on historical crash data, known areas with high pedestrian/bicycle activity, and input from county departments, state agencies, and the public. Field visits have been made to these locations/segments to assess how current conditions contribute to existing hazards. The Evaluation process will then develop short-term actions that can address hazards. Recommended actions may include engineering, enforcement, and education/awareness.

The Evaluation’s focus is on short term actions rather than broader and future issues for the US 1 corridor, such as major intersection improvements and future road cross sections. The Evaluation will identify longer term needs and items for consideration in future planning, which will be carried forward into the Route One Corridor Master Plan project, an effort led by the Department of Planning and Zoning.

In the fall of 2017, the Office of Transportation hosted all-day, drop-in, open houses in Elkridge and North Laurel to solicit public input about transportation safety in the US 1 Corridor. The purpose of the open houses was to allow the public to “drop-in” any time at their convenience, review information gathered by the Office of Transportation and share their personal knowledge and experience regarding safety walking, bicycling, driving or using transit along US 1. 

The Howard County Office of Transportation has led the study in partnership with the Maryland Department of Transportation (State Highway Administration, Motor Vehicle Administration, and Maryland Transit Administration), Baltimore Metropolitan Council, and the Howard County Departments of Public Works, Police, Fire and Rescue Services, Planning and Zoning, and Health.
 

View the Draft Final Report

Draft Final Report: US 1 Safety Evaluation on Bicyclists and Pedestrian Safety

Appendix A: Previous Studies Recommendations Matrix

Appendix B: Best Practices Matrix

Appendix C: Map Atlas Corridor Characteristics

Appendix D: Peer Corridor Summary

Appendix E: Field Note Sheets

Appendix F: Map Atlas Crash History
This appendix contains confidential information and is not posted online.

Appendix G: Map of Developer, State, and County Projects in the US 1 Corridor (links below)

Appendix H: Recommendation Maps

Appendix I: Concept Drawings


Route 1 Resources:

Route 1 Manual

The purpose of the Route 1 Manual is to present requirements and recommendations to: improve the visual appearance of the corridor's streetscape, enhance the appearance and value of developments in the corridor, and establish the desired design character for new developments in the Corridor Employment (CE), Transit Oriented Development (TOD), and Corridor Activity Center (CAC) Districts. 

Additional Route 1 Resources

Transit Service in the US 1 Corridor

Media Coverage

Laurel Leader, September 20, 2017: "Howard County to host open houses to gather input on Route 1 safety needs."

Howard County Times, May 16, 2017: "Howard County, state tackling Route 1 pedestrian safety."

Project Contact

Chris Eatough
(410) 313-0567

[email protected]



 
County staff discuss US 1 safety with the public at the Elkridge Open House

 The 75 words most commonly mentioned in public comments about the US 1 Safety Evaluation
 
Observing conditions for pedestrians in the US 1 Corridor