US-29 Pedestrian and Bike Bridge Project

About the Project

Howard County will be making improvements to the pedestrian and bicycle bridge that crosses US-29 in Columbia, starting in the fall of 2017. The improvements will include the installation of a spiraling geodesic tube around the bridge, upgraded lighting and additional safety enhancements, but will require the closure of the bridge for a period of about 3 months during the fall and winter of 2017-18.

The pedestrian bridge opened more than three decades ago and it has been an important connection between Columbia’s Town Center and residential communities to the east, including Oakland Mills and Long Reach. However, the chain-link fence barrier around the bridge proved aesthetically unappealing and poor lighting contributed to the community’s concerns about safety and security.

A feasibility study on bridge upgrades began in 2014 and was completed in 2015. Numerous community input meetings and opportunities were held in Fall 2016 and a design study was completed in December 2016. The spiraling geodesic tube was the clear community choice among four options for the bridge.

In addition to enhanced lighting, the County will also install fiber to provide police with clearer images from security cameras on the bridge. The project is estimated to cost more than $1 million and should be complete in Spring 2018.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns about the project, please contact David Cookson at dcookson@howardcountymd.gov or (410) 313-3842.

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Will You be Affected by this Project?

Howard County will provide complimentary bus passes valid for travel between Oakland Mills Village Center and Downtown Columbia to individuals whose essential transportation needs will be impacted by the temporary closure of the bridge. Further information on these bus passes will be available as the date of the bridge's closure approaches.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will the upgraded bridge look like?

The upgraded bridge will feature a light, airy, and iconic geodesic spiral with new nighttime lighting and upgraded fiber for the bridge's security cameras. To view a selection of renderings of the new bridge, click here.

When will the project be happening?

Work will begin this fall and be completed by spring of 2018.

How long will the bridge be closed?

We expect the bridge to be closed for 3 months.

Will the County give me a bus pass?

The County will provide bus passes to bridge users while the bridge is closed. We’re also looking into other ways to mitigate the closure.

How can I keep getting informed about the project?

Stay tuned to this website to see the latest updates!

Latest Updates

March 24, 2017

Starting March 26, 2017, Howard County and KCI Technologies will be conducting a survey to assess the impact of the bridge's coming temporary closure and determine the best way to mitigate the closure for bridge users.

March 8, 2017

Executive Kittleman announced that work will begin this fall to improve the bridge. To read the full statement and watch the announcement, click here.