Bridge Columbia Releases White Paper

Bridge Columbia has prepared a White Paper summarizing the reasons Columbia needs a better downtown bridge. Broad in scope, the White Paper outlines the long-term benefits of the bridge, how it is consistent with current trends in urban design, the many individuals and groups that support the bridge, along with possible sources of funding. Click here to read the full document.


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Concept illustration of a bike, bus, and pedestrian bridge that unites east and west Columbia.


Kittleman addresses BridgeColumbia at Funding Roundtable

County Executive Allan H. Kittleman convened a funding roundtable discussion on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 to determine whether  state and federal funding is available for an improved Bridge Columbia spanning U.S. Rt. 29.  The roundtable brought together stakeholders, including residents, community leaders, private enterprise and representatives from federal, state, and county government.  The video (click here) provides an overview of the Bridge Columbia proposal and information about grant funding options and the complex transportation planning process.  There is some discussion of  other options under consideration—a new interchange with a bridge crossing over Route 29 and a partial interchange on the Town Center side of Route 29.  Friends of Bridge Columbia thanked Kittleman for convening the roundtable in a June 26th letter and summarized the meeting findings:  funding is available, though there is ample competition; a creative funding package will be needed that relies on multiple sources; political support is evident; Bridge Columbia does not complete with a new interchange; Bridge Columbia is consistent with state transportation priorities; and the County Executive’s leadership is needed to position Howard County to receive state and federal grant funding .


 

Howard County roundtable discusses bridge concepts over Route 29

June 23, 2015

Building a sensible, time-efficient and user-friendly pedestrian bridge across U.S. Route 29, connecting Columbia’s Town Center to the Village of Oakland Mills, has been discussed for roughly four years and continued to spark questions of funding during County Executive Allan Kittleman’s roundtable discussion Tuesday.

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I would love to see this bridge implemented. It would make Oakland Mills and Town Center more accessible.
Deborah Howard

3 thoughts on “Bridge Columbia Releases White Paper

  1. The presentation by the county’s consultants at the Oakland Mills Village Board’s August 12 meeting was an eye-opener. So many possibilities!

    The “iconic” bridge suggestions are expensive so a lot depends on whether Oakland Mills can pull off its reinvention and entice developers to replace the low-rent apartments near the bridge with upscale dwellings.

  2. I live have lived in Oakland Mills Village for over two years. I do not feel safe walking or biking on the existing bridge. It is too isolated and run down. The new plan sound great. I would use the bridge to go to the mall area, instead of driving.

  3. My wife and I are both in our 70’s and have lived in Allview Estates since I returned from Vietnam in 1970. I am disabled and don’t walk anymore. I find that the layout of thoroughfares in Columbia are not very accessible to the mobility impaired. You just “can’t get there from here.” For access to shopping, doctors, etc. we must drive using a Handicap equipped van. Although it may be attractive to some of the more active, I don’t see that this new bridge will be of much of use to us.

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