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.


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

4thJuly3rd Annual Bridge Walk

Join Friends of Bridge Columbia and the Oakland Mills Community Association for the 3rd Annual Route 29 Bridge Walk on July 4th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  Click here to download the flier.


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.


We would like to reiterate our support for this project (Bridge Columbia) and we encourage the initiation of a feasibility study.
Michael Cornell, Chair, Columbia Association Board of Directors

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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