In a coordinated effort to enhance safety and reduce congestion, plans are moving forward to widen Mountain Road from Catherine Avenue to Edwin Raynor Boulevard.
Anne Arundel County engineers conducted an initial planning and engineering study, before the process was turned over to the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA), which has taken the lead on engineering, planning, and execution of the project moving forward. The MDOT SHA team revisited the initial concept and aims to minimize major right-of-way impacts and enhance safety benefits for the future project.
Representatives from the state highway office plan to go door-to-door to ensure the small businesses along Mountain Road are engaged in the planning and answer any questions or concerns. The goal is to ensure that they are not negatively impacted by any development, according to Delegate Nic Kipke, who thinks this project will be a tremendous asset to the community.
“People need to engage in the process in a constructive manner. In the end, it will be good for businesses, and positive for everyone in and around the Pasadena area,” Kipke said.
Currently, MDOT SHA and Anne Arundel County anticipate meeting with the business community in early 2020 and the surrounding community in spring 2020.
“We worked successfully in the past with the county and Delegate Kipke to make improvements that relieved traffic on Mountain Road, and this next project will help improve safety and accessibility along an important business corridor,” said Charlie Gischlar, a media relations manager at MDOT SHA.