Planners discuss future bike path at Clarksburg town meeting -- Gazette.Net



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Construction of a 2.5-mile bikepath in Clarksburg will begin in summer 2014, state and county officials said Dec. 20 at a meeting with Clarksburg area residents.

The meeting, which took place at Clarksburg High School, detailed the planned construction of two-and-a-half miles of bike path between Stringtown Road and just past the intersection of Brink and Frederick roads north of Milestone Manor Lane.

It will connect existing bike paths near Rosecrest Drive and near Milestone Manor Lane with an 8-foot wide lit bike path. A part of the path will be a boardwalk over Little Seneca Creek and the adjacent wetlands.

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation, the Maryland State Highway Administration and three private developers are working jointly to complete the bike pathway and other improvements detailed in the project.

The impetus for the bike path project came from the community, MCDOT Project Manager Wayne Christiansen said after the meeting.

He estimated the total cost of the project (including private development improvements) at about $3.4 million.

Residents expressed concern that developers might not build their portion of the pathway, located south of the Little Seneca Parkway.

“There will be a lot of eyes on this,” said Aruna Miller, a transportation planning manager for the Department of Transportation and a delegate for District 15.

The primary challenge getting the bikeway built, she said, would be coordinating between all of the projects underway in the area.

“It’s a combination of coordinating all the different players,” she said.

The SHA also will be realigning the intersection at West Old Baltimore and Frederick roads to make it safer and address congestion, officials said at the meeting. The bike path runs past that intersection.

Residents wishing to comment should email Christiansen at wayne.christiansen@montgomerycountymd.gov by Jan. 17.

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