How to Contact Transportation & Special Projects
Abdul Akbari, PE
7125 Riverwood Drive, Suite B
Columbia, MD 21046
Email the Transportation and Special Projects Division
About the Transportation & Special Projects Division
The Transportation and Special Projects Division consists of professional engineers and support staff managing the design and development of various infrastructure (storm drain, roads and bridges) as well as large park capital projects under the County's CIP program. The Division is responsible for many of the transportation infrastructure needs that are beyond the scope of the Bureau of Highways. Examples of specific work would include the replacement/rehabilitation of existing bridges, widening of existing roadways, installation of storm drains and storm water management in flood-prone areas and implementation of the County's WalkHoward Plan for sidewalk installation.
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 also provided by this Division.
The Transportation and Special Projects Division is also an active member of the design team for many State Highway Administration (SHA) projects within Howard County.
A community outreach meeting was held in November of 2021 at the Howard County Library - Elkridge branch to discuss the plans for the replacement of the existing bridge over the Rockburn branch of the Patapsco River.
The existing bridge needs to be replaced as it is considered structurally deficient. The new concrete bridge will be approximately 28' wide and 50' long and will improve the hydraulic capacity beneath the bridge. Construction is scheduled to begin in the Spring of 2022 and is expected to last approximately 8 months. No detour for the existing traffic is required. Copies of the display boards presented at the meeting can be found here: Public Meeting Displays
If you have additional questions about this project, feel free to email the project manager, Mr. Nirav Patel, at [email protected]
A community meeting was held in late 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
Land acquisition and design are currently underway for a new berm that would divert flows from residential areas. If you have additional questions about this project, feel free to email the Project Manager, Mr. Marshall Davidson ([email protected]).
A community outreach meeting was held in September 2021 at the Roger Carter Community Center to discuss the plans for the complete streets-related capital project along Rogers Avenue. These improvements include new 5' sidewalk on both sides of the road, pedestrian crossings at Oak West Drive and Linwood Drive, bike lanes as well as other storm drain and storm water management enhancements.
Each of the displays presented at the meeting can be found below:
- Rogers Avenue improvements with aerial overlay
- Project rendering
- Rogers Avenue plan view
- Pavement comparison summary
If you have additional questions about the project, feel free to email the project manager, Mr. Thomas Auyeung, at [email protected]
Update (Jan. 2022)
The project is substantially complete with minor construction items remaining which will be completed by mid to late March.
Past construction photos can be found here:
Replacement of the existing bridge over the Hammond Branch of the Little Patuxent River in Laurel. Included in the project is continuous sidewalk construction along both sides of Stephens between Whiskey Bottom Road and Gorman Road. Bicycle accommodation along the roadway is also included.
Estimated cost of project: $5-10M
Actual construction start: Summer 2020
Estimated construction completion: Fall/Winter 2021
Displays presented at 3/7/2018 public meeting can be found here:
This capital project will complete the extension of Port Capital Drive at US1 (Washington Blvd), tying into existing Montevideo Road. The existing signal at the US1/Montevideo Road intersection will be removed and it will be converted to a right-in/right-out configuration. New sidewalk, curb and gutter, storm drain and stormwater management features are also included in the upcoming construction which is expected to begin in late summer 2022.
Displays and project information presented at the public meeting held on February 24, 2022 at Thomas Viaduct Middle School can be found by clicking the links below:
Any questions regarding this capital project can be directed to the Project Manager, Mr. Abdul Akbari ([email protected]).
Update (Jan. 2022)
Construction of Phase 1 of the capital project is currently underway and will be completed by mid to late June of 2022.
This capital project will improve Oakland Mills Road between Guilford Road and Berger Road in Columbia. Improvements include: sidewalk and ADA ramps, bicycle compatibility, road widening, storm drain/storm water management and a new traffic signal at the Guilford Road intersection.
A display summarizing improvements to be completed under Phase 1 can be found here:
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:
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:
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:
Update (Jan. 2022)
All three phases of the capital project are now complete. There are a few remaining, minor issues currently being addressed under the Phase 3 construction. These items will be completed by mid to late March.
Capital project includes complete streets improvements in Savage to enhance multimodal travel for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit, and automobiles. Environmental site design practices will also be implemented along the roadsides to provide management of stormwater runoff.
For limits of each of the three phases, please click the below link to the graphic.
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:
Update (Jan. 2022)
Construction of sidewalk improvements between Jay Drive and Gray Rock Drive is currently underway and includes installation of a new pedestrian bridge over the Little Patuxent River and nearly 1,000 LF of sidewalk. This construction will be completed by late April 2022.
Capital Project for pedestrian and bicyclist improvements along Frederick Road between Gray Rock Drive and Centennial Lane in Ellicott City. Curb and gutter, storm drain and storm water management measures are included.
Displays presented at the 03/12/2020 community outreach meeting held at Centennial Lane Elementary School can be found here:
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.