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.
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.
I would love to see this bridge implemented. It would make Oakland Mills and Town Center more accessible.
Let’s support James Rouse’s original plan of an interconnected community. Rt. 29 divides our city and isolates the different villages.
We strongly support your efforts to build an iconic structure that all can use with ease and safety. (Bicycling Advocates of Howard County Inc.)
I have followed Bridge Columbia and OM village center news over the last year and I am hopeful that improvements will come to the pedestrian bridge and the surrounding area that will benefit all of our communities.
Gorgeous website! Thanks for all the work you’ve put into this. I use the existing bridge all the time, but would appreciate having more company on it, for all the reasons you so eloquently express.
This would really enhance green transportation in Columbia and be a wonderful amenity.
There is no question that the existing bridge is underutilized due to inconvenience and safety issues. . . What a difference it would make for all of Columbia to follow through with Bridge Columbia’s vision.
We urge the County to complete the Bridge Columbia feasibility study as soon as possible. It is our understanding that new opportunities for state and federal funding for transportation projects are now available. The sooner that Bridge Columbia can get in line for these funds, the more likely that the project can move forward.
My family and I will benefit greatly from the Bridge Columbia Project.
Every bridge is a statement. Your plans say so much about Columbia – united, progressive, walkable and open.