How to Contact Transportation & Special Projects

Abdul Akbari, PE
7125 Riverwood Drive, Suite B
Columbia, MD 21046
Email the Transportation and Special Projects Division

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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.

Select Capital Projects Currently in Design or Construction Phase
B3831 River Road Bridge Replacement over Rockburn Branch

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. 

Project Summary

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]

D1182 Orchard Ridge Drainage Improvements

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]).

J4170 Rogers Avenue Improvements

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:

  1. Rogers Avenue improvements with aerial overlay
  2. Project rendering
  3. Rogers Avenue plan view
  4. Pavement comparison summary

If you have additional questions about the project, feel free to email the project manager, Mr. Thomas Auyeung, at [email protected]

J4202 Stephens Road Bridge Replacement

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:

Stephens Construction Photos

Project Summary

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: 

Display 1: Stephens Road Improvements

Display 2: Stephens Road Typical Section

J4206 Relocated Montevideo Road, Phase 1, Segment B

Project Summary

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:

Project brochure

Proposed plan, profile and typical sections (without aerial overlay)

Proposed plan, profile and typical sections (with aerial overlay)

Any questions regarding this capital project can be directed to the Project Manager, Mr. Abdul Akbari ([email protected]).

J4207 Oakland Mills Road Improvements

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.

Project Summary

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:

Phase 1 of Oakland Mills Road Impvts

J4212-10 MD 103 at US 1 Intersection Improvements

Project Summary

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

Project Summary

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

J4248 Savage Area Complete Streets

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.  

Project Summary

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.

Savage Area Complete Streets Project Phases

J4251 Lime Kiln Road Improvements

Project Summary

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

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.

Project Summary

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:

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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