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
Howard County undertook 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—was also 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 was US 1 in Howard County between the Baltimore and Prince George’s County lines. Within this 10.9-mile corridor, the Evaluation 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 were been made to these locations/segments to assess how current conditions contribute to existing hazards. The Evaluation process then developed short-term actions that can address hazards.
The Evaluation’s focus was 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 also 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.
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
Appendix J: Compiled Public Comments
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.
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."