The following was released via press release on January 16th:

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Calvin Ball today announced the beginning of the public input process as the County prepares to submit its annual Priority Letter to the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT). The Priority Letter will recommend Howard County’s prioritized transportation projects for MDOT’s FY 2020-2025 Consolidated Transportation Program. The letter is due to MDOT this April, and is a result of review and input by County staff from several departments, elected and appointed officials.

“I look forward to hearing from our residents as we work collaboratively with the County Council and state legislators to address the transportation challenges facing our community,” said County Executive Ball. “This is an opportunity to be forward-thinking and to come up with a strategy to address these challenges, build a more sustainable community and address the transportation needs of our residents.”

The Howard County Office of Transportation will host a public information and input meeting on Tuesday, January 29 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Columbia/Ellicott Room of the George Howard Building, 3430 Court House Drive in Ellicott City.

Information about the FY 2020 Priority Letter, copies of previous priority letters and more information is available online at www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/County-Administration/Transportation/Transportation-Projects/Priority-Letter.

Those unable to attend the meeting who would like to submit comments and input into the FY 2020 letter, should contact Mr. David Cookson, Planning Manager with the Office of Transportation, by:
•    Email at dcookson@howardcountymd.gov, or
•    Mail to: Howard County Office of Transportation, c/o David Cookson, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043 by no later than Friday, February 15.

An interpreter for people who are deaf or hard of hearing will be available if requested seven working days prior to the meeting. Please call the Office of Transportation at 410-313-4312 (voice) or use Relay at 7-1-1, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For questions or more information about the FY2020-2025 Priority Letter, contact David Cookson at 410-313-4312 or email dcookson@howardcountymd.gov.

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I have been thinking about some of the things I would like to see in the letter this year…here are a few ideas:

Intersection of Snowden River Parkway and Oakland Mills Road: (to get to US RT 1 or other roads)

If you travel south on Snowden River and take a left on Oakland Mills it can be a disaster late in the afternoons during the week. My assumption is that a great number of travelers are cutting across to get to RT 1 (via Guilford Road) or 32 or 95…I have not done any type of study…but I have noticed the backups at that intersection regularly. This should be reviewed to see if something can be done at that intersection.

Increased traffic around the “Columbia Circle” (Broken Land Parkway – Snowden River Parkway – Little Patuxent Parkway / 175)

As Howard County has worked to build up Downtown Columbia and other areas in Columbia…the traffic around the “Columbia Circle” has continued to increase…and become increasing difficult to drive during rush hour during the week…and as additional plans are in place to continue to build up downtown Columbia…this appears as if it is headed towards getting worse and worse as we move forward. I get rush hour is rush hour and it may never be great around that circle…but reviewing traffic patterns on these roads should be part of the planning process as we build up this area.

Those are two of my ideas…I have others…and I am sure you do as well. Be sure to attend the public information and input meeting on Tuesday, January 29 or send in your requests via email  to dcookson@howardcountymd.gov.

Do you have areas of concern around the county…send them in…or add your comment on the blog post or on social media.

Scott E

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