Public Notice

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The Central Maryland Transportation & Mobility Consortium (Anne Arundel County, Howard County, Prince George’s County and the City of Laurel) will hold a second briefing session for the proposed Central Maryland Transportation & Mobility Commission members on October 5, 2016 at 4:00 pm at the RTA Administrative Office, 8510 Corridor Road, Suite 110, Savage, Maryland. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Executive Kittleman Announce Re Opening of Parts of Main Street Ellicott

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August 23, 2016

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ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman today announced the next steps in Ellicott City’s recovery that will increase access, restore commerce, reduce anxiety and provide predictability for the merchants and residents of Main Street.

Beginning Wednesday, a portion of the western end of Main Street that sustained minor or no damage will be reopened.

“Despite the challenges and difficulties many have faced since July 30, we have seen unprecedented levels of patience, cooperation and resilience,” said Kittleman. “Together, we take another step along the road to recovery.”

Kittleman said the county will open access at two locations, effectively shrinking the perimeter of Main Street’s “no-access” area. Access will be restored at the top of Main Street from Ellicott Mills Drive to Court Avenue, and on Old Columbia Pike down to Main Street.

These changes will allow businesses at the western end of Main Street and along Tonge Row a chance to reopen. On-street parking on Main Street continues to be prohibited and parking in general will be tight. Limited parking will be available on parking Lot “D” by Roussey Lane to accommodate employees and customers of those accessible businesses.

Later this week, weather permitting, the county will repave Merryman and Hill streets. While the repaving operation is underway, credentialed residents of those streets will be allowed to park on Lot “F” near the top of Main Street. Then Saturday, again weather permitting, half of Lot “F” will be re-opened to the public.

“Main Street remains a major construction site,” said Kittleman. “Please, if you don’t have a real reason to be here, don’t come just to gawk or sightsee. Many have asked, ‘How can I help?,’ Well, that’s one of the ways.”

Kittleman said the county will also provide seven days of credentialed access to those businesses on Tiber Alley on the eastern part of Main Street to give more time to continue cleaning up. This access is not intended for customers or the public and access will be controlled by security.

Over the next few weeks, Kittleman expects the no-access perimeter to continue shrinking. Again depending on the weather, the county and State Highway Administration officials are hopeful that the bridge that spans the Patapsco River from Baltimore County will reopen. When this happens, Kittleman said the perimeter can move west of Maryland Avenue, allowing pedestrian and vehicle traffic to the very bottom of Main Street and up Maryland Avenue.

Yet as the county continues to reopen sections of Ellicott City, Kittleman cautions that there is still much work to be done. More sidewalks must be installed, buildings still need to be shored up, significant stabilization and repair work is needed along Hamilton Street and major work must be done in front of Salon Marielle.

Kittleman added that BGE will be installing a new, 4-inch natural gas line on Main Street from Court Avenue to Maryland Avenue. During this extensive repair, BGE will be connecting this line to nearly 70 properties along Main Street.

“Since the earliest moments after this flood, we have all been united under the banner of ECSTRONG,” said Kittleman. “As you’ve seen, it’s already proven to be more than just a slogan. It is a reflection of the values that define us as a community and it is a true testament to our collective resolve that will serve us well moving forward.”


Wednesday, Aug.24:

· Main Street reopens from Ellicott Mills Drive to Court Avenue
· Old Columbia Pike reopens down to Main Street
· Main Street parking still prohibited
· Seven days of credentialed access for businesses on Tiber Alley

Thursday, Aug. 25/Friday, Aug. 26

· Merryman and Hill streets to be re-paved

Saturday, Aug. 27

· Half of Parking Lot “F” to reopen

Early September

· Reopening of Patapsco River bridge
· Perimeter moves west of Maryland Avenue on Main Street

Long Meadow construction project to improve stormwater management, water quality

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August 25, 2016

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Mark Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
Michele Monde, Project Manager, Department of Public Works, 410-313-0844

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – A Howard County construction project to improve stormwater management and water quality at a pond on Open Meadow Way near Golden Straw Lane in Columbia is scheduled to begin on or about Monday, Aug. 29.

The project will include removal of the pond’s riser and barrel pipe and the lowering of the existing embankment. The pond will be graded into a shallow wetland and a step pool conveyance system will be constructed to gradually transition flows from the pond to the culvert under Open Meadow Way.  Weather permitting, the project should be completed by late November 2016.

This project is funded through the County’s Watershed Protection and Restoration Fund.

An occasional lane shift may be necessary during the delivery of materials to the site during construction hours (Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays as needed), and during curb and sidewalk repairs. Signs will be posted in the area to alert residents of the project and to direct traffic.  The sidewalk along the north side of Open Meadow Way will be closed during the project, as will the walking path around the pond .

For questions or concerns about Capital Project D-1159, contact Lisa Brightwell, Public Works Customer Service, at 410-313-3440 or .

Temporary Detour at Howard Community College

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401/Green & 404/Orange – Saturday March 26th, 2016 – Sunday April 3rd, 2016

  1. Campus Drive will be closed from the traffic circle through the College to Hickory Ridge Rd
  2. A temporary stop will be placed at the traffic circle inside the campus grounds off of Little Patuxent Parkway (inbound & outbound) service


  1. Hickory Ridge & Cordage Walk stop will be closed
  2. Temporary stops will be placed on Charter Drive at Hickory Ridge Rd

RTA Appoints New General Manager to Oversee Operations And Administration

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SAVAGE, MD- The Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland serving Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Prince George’s County and the City of Laurel announces the selection of Mark Pritchard as its new General Manager. The selection was made after Mark’s short term assignment as Interim General Manager under the Transportation Management Services contract with First Transit. “We are very excited to have Mark transition into a more permanent role,” Howard County Administrator John Powell said. His strong leadership, management skills and experience will support the RTA’s current efforts to serve the increasing transportation needs of the public.”

Mark a native of Annapolis, Maryland comes to the RTA with over 30 years of experience as a transit executive in both the public and private sector. He has a broad range of experience in all phases of transportation management including ADA paratransit, labor relations, service planning, operations, maintenance and finance. Prior to the appointment, Mark worked in Tulsa and Oklahoma cities where he redesigned service routes, focused on revenue development of transit facilities such as bus garages and customer waiting centers and worked with employees at all levels to improve ridership and

service to the customer. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Maryland and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from North Carolina State University. Mark is married and has an adult son and is looking forward to returning to his home state.

“I look forward to continuing to serve the RTA and create strong partnerships with leaders and community service providers from each region in this new capacity,” states Pritchard. “I will work with the staff at all levels to improve the reliability and quality of service on the street. The RTA is a very innovative concept of regionalizing transportation and I am pleased to be serving multiple jurisdictions in this effort.”


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