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MD 22 Corridor Study

Location: Harford County, Maryland Client: Harford County

JMT partnered with our client to establish a feasible and cost-effective plan to alleviate current and projected commuter congestion along a growing corridor.

MD 22 is an east-west corridor linking the towns of Bel Air and Aberdeen, MD. This corridor is expected to operate under extreme congested conditions through the horizon year of 2035. Harford County desired to have a multi-modal comprehensive transportation plan developed for 11 miles of roadway from the MD 543 intersection to Aberdeen Proving Grounds. These improvements would serve both the existing and future travel demand while blending with the character of the communities it serves, improving air quality, offsetting congestions, providing better complete streets and encouraging better multi-modal cohesion and connectivity.

JMT conducted an origin - destination study of the area, which indicated that the corridor functioned in three distinct sections. A balanced approach would be needed to meet all of the demands and objectives for the corridor.

The "Complete Street" approach JMT recommended balanced the goals and realities of the various transportation demands of automobiles, transit, pedestrians, and bicyclists, while being context sensitive to the surrounding communities and uses. Understanding the three sections and how they function provided guidance toward development of various alternatives and options for each section.

Due to the overall cost of implementing the proposed changes, JMT identified a chronology for short term (2015), medium term (2025), and long term (2035) improvements that allowed for funding allocations.  These improvements covered the full range of strategies to allow for the MD 22 Corridor to truly become a "Complete Street" and meet the various goals and objectives the County had established.  This project was awarded the 2012 Maryland Quality Initiative (MdQI) Award of Excellence in Planning.

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