How to Contact Transportation & Special Projects

Brandon N. Love, P.E., Chief
7125 Riverwood Drive, Suite B
Columbia, MD 21046
Email the Transportation and Special Projects Division

Replacement of bridge and road widening

About the Transportation & Special Projects Division

The Transportation and Special Projects Division consists of engineers and support staff managing the development of transportation infrastructure projects and large park capital projects. The Division handles maintenance of the transportation infrastructure that is beyond the scope of the Bureau of Highways. Examples of specific work would include the rehabilitation of existing bridges, widening of existing roadways, installation of storm drains in flood-prone areas, implementation of the County's Master Plan for sidewalk installation and construction of new parks.

The Division, along with the Development Engineering Division of the Department of Planning and Zoning, is responsible for the development of the Howard County road, bridge, and storm drain system design standards as established in the Howard County Design Manual Volumes I and III

Review of private development impacts to the local transportation infrastructure and development of transportation planning studies for capital projects are provided by this Division. 

The Division is also an active member of the design team for many State Highway Administration (SHA) projects within Howard County.

Capital Projects in Design or Construction Phase
D1124-47 Hale Haven Drive Drainage Improvements

Community meeting held on 7/31/2019 at Worthington Elementary School to discuss concepts developed for the Hale Haven and Garrian Orchards communities.  The information presented at the meeting can be found here: Hale Haven power point 

If you have additional questions about this study, feel free to email the Project Manager, Mr. Marshall Davidson.

J4202 Stephens Road Bridge Replacement

Update (Oct. 2020)

Construction of the project was started in August. Phase 1 is now complete and included tree clearing and installation of erosion and sediment controls. The 8” sanitary sewer relocation and the 27” sewer rehabilitation are also complete. The contractor is working on installation of the new 12” water main that crosses the stream. Traffic on Stephens Road has been shifted to the west so Stage 1 of the new bridge construction can begin.

Upcoming activities scheduled to be performed include: finishing installation of the new water main and placing it in service, drilling soldier piles along the east shoulder of Stephens Road, drilling and installation of Stage 1 caisson shafts on the east side of the road for the foundation of the bridge.

Replacement of the existing bridge over the Hammond Branch of the Little Patuxent River.  Included in the project is continuous sidewalk construction along both sides of Stephens between Whiskey Bottom Road and Gorman Road.  Bicycle accommodation along roadway is also included.

Estimated cost of project: $5-10M

Actual construction start: Summer 2020

Estimated construction completion: Fall 2022

Displays presented at 3/7/2018 public meeting can be found here: 

Display 1: Stephens Road Improvements

Display 2: Stephens Road Typical Section

J4212-10 MD 103 at US 1 Intersection Improvements

Geometric improvements of MD 103 (Meadowridge Road) at US 1 (Washington Blvd) in Elkridge.  Project will provide additional turning lanes on the east and west legs of the intersection.  Also included in the project are bike and pedestrian acccessibility improvements.

Estimated cost of project: $2.5M

Overall project anticipated completion: 2022

Graphics presented at 3/7/19 public meeting can be found here:

Display 1: Overall plan

Display 2: Typical sections

Display 3: Sample bioswale exhibit

J4222 Snowden River Parkway Widening

Widening of Snowden River Parkway between Oakland Mills Road and Broken Land Parkway.

Project will be phased with new third left turn lane to be constructed in Summer of 2018

Estimated Cost of 3rd left turn lane: $750,000

Estimated Cost of Overall Project: $30M

Overall project anticipated completion: 2023

Displays presented at 2/28/18 public meeting can be found here:

Display 1: Overall roadway plan

Display 2: Third left turn lane

Display 3: BLP at MD 32 improvements

Display 4: Typical section

Display 5: Turning movements at Lincoln Tech

J4230 Sanner Road Improvements

Widening of Sanner Road between Johns Hopkins Road and Guilford Road to include accommodation for bike lanes per the County's Bicycle Master Plan.

Estimated cost of construction: $2.65M

Estimated construction start: 2020 (pending available funding)

Displays presented at 3/6/2018 public meeting can be found here:

Sanner Road Typical Section

Sanner Road Concept Plan

J4251 Lime Kiln Road Improvements

Roadway improvements along Lime Kiln Road between MD216 and Holly Manor Way to enhance driver safety and stream/storm water drainage.

Estimated cost of project: $1M-$2M

Estimated construction start: Spring 2021

Estimated construction completion: Fall 2021

Displays presented at 12/19/2019 public meeting held at Fulton Middle School can be found here:

Display 1: Lime Kiln Plan and Typical Section

Display 2: Proposed Detour Plan

K5061-209 Frederick Road Sidewalk

Capital Project for pedestrian and bicyclist improvements along Frederick Road between Gray Rock Drive and Centennial Lane.

Displays presented at the 03/12/2020 community outreach meeting held at Centennial Lane Elementary School can be found here:

Display 1: Sidewalk Typical Sections

Display 2: Aerial graphic with improvements

Other Capital Projects
Currently in The Construction Phase

The above reflects some projects in the design or construction phase.  For additional information about the status of other projects currently under construction, please visit the DPW Home Page and click on the "Construction Projects" tab where you can filter the projects by type.

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