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Description

The project provides for the design and construction of a 2.2 mile long roadway within a minimum 150-foot right-of-way. The work will be constructed in two phases. Phase 1 includes a 4-lane divided roadway (two lanes in each direction) starting at existing Observation Drive near Waters Discovery Lane and continuing north beyond West Old Baltimore Road to the point where it meets the planned extension of Little Seneca Parkway, along with a 16-foot breezeway on the east side to provide Greenway connectivity. Phase 1 will also include the westward extension of two lanes of Little Seneca Parkway to Observation Drive. A bridge approximately 550 feet in length will be constructed near Waters Discovery Lane, ending at West Old Baltimore Road near the future MTA Comsat Station. A traffic signal will be provided at the West Old Baltimore Road intersection. In Phase 2, between Little Seneca Parkway and existing Observation Drive near Stringtown Road, the scope includes a two-lane roadway, along with an eight-foot wide shared-use path on the west side, with space for the two additional master-planned lanes and a five-foot wide sidewalk on the east side to be built in the future. Traffic signals will be provided at the Shawnee Lane and Little Seneca Parkway intersections.
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Phase

Planning Stage

Status

Active
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Budget Snapshot
$103.47M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$3.21M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Location

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Estimated Schedule

Phase I design to be completed in FY27. Property acquisition will begin in FY26 and construction will start beyond FY30.
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Cost Change

Cost decrease due to scope reduction. The total project cost was updated and revised to only reflect Phase 1 based on the 35 percent design. Costs estimates will be refined as design progresses.
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Justification

This project is needed to provide a north-south corridor that links the existing Observation Drive to Stringtown Road, providing multi-modal access to a rapidly developing residential and business area between the I-270 and MD 355 corridors. The project improves mobility and safety for local travel and pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular access to residential, employment, commercial and recreational areas. It also provides a facility for implementation by Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) for the Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT) including two stations. The transitway will be Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and will be located in the median area of Observation Drive.
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Other

It is anticipated that the alignment for Phase 2 will be updated in the Clarksburg Gateway Sector Plan. Funding and implementation for Phase 2 will be reconsidered when the new alignment is determined.

Utility companies have not provided relocation estimates at this time and costs will be revised if necessary once conflicts are defined and costs are known.

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Fiscal Note

FY24 funding switch of $636,000 from G.O. Bonds to Impact Taxes to reflect prior year actuals.
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Disclosures

A pedestrian impact analysis will be performed during design or is in progress.
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Coordination

Maryland Transit Administration, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Verizon, Pepco, Washington Gas, Department of Permitting Services, Department of Environmental Protection; Special Capital Projects Legislation will be proposed by the County Executive.
Budget Snapshot
$103.47M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$3.21M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Project Details
Project NumberP501507
Date Last Modified02/26/24
Administering AgencyTransportation
CategoryTransportation
SubCategoryRoads
Planning AreaClarksburg and Vicinity
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Total Expenditures by Cost Element (000s)
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Total Funding by Source (000s)
EXPENDITURES (000s)
Cost ElementsTotalThru FY23Est FY24Total 6 YearsFY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28FY 29FY 30Beyond 6 Years
Planning, Design and Supervision18391635939216118337325500014656
Land105420105207862660000
Site Improvements and Utilities00000000000
Construction8402200000000084022
Other00000000000
Total Expenditures1034676379393213183385952100098678
FUNDING (000s)
Funding SourceTotalThru FY23Est FY24Total 6 YearsFY 25FY 26FY 27FY 28FY 29FY 30Beyond 6 Years
G.O. Bonds10283119393213183385952100098678
Impact Tax636636000000000
Total Funding Sources1034676379393213183385952100098678
APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE DATA ($000s)
Appropriation FY 25 Request-105
Year First AppropriationFY16
Appropriation FY 26 Request0
Last FY's Cost Estimate115593
Cumulative Appropriation4894
Expenditure / Encumbrances1008
Unencumbered Balance3886