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New Ave Bikeway

About the New Ave Bikeway

The goal of the New Ave Bikeway is to fill a gap in safe bicycle infrastructure along New Hampshire Ave (MD 650). This project redesigns the underutilized service lanes on the southbound side on New Hampshire Avenue to become a two-directional bikeway. The route creates new connections between local retail, recreation, and transit hubs while also preserving essential vehicular access to neighboring properties.

This project is currently divided into three parts: Section A (Holton Ln to Auburn Ave), Section B (Auburn Ave to Poplar Ave), and Section D (Poplar Ave to Kansas Ave NE). The division of the bikeway into smaller sections allows the City to pursue different pots of grant funding to move the project forward.

Current Project Status

In April, 2022, the City was awarded a MWCOG TLC program grant to begin preliminary design work for the New Ave Bikeway – Section D (District Connector). This new section will extend from the bikeway’s southern point at Poplar Ave and connect to the existing bike lanes on Kansas Ave NE at the DC border.

Final designs for New Ave Bikeway – Sections A & B are currently  underway by the firm Rummel, Klepper, and Kahl (RK&K). Once final designs are completed, the City will be able to pursue construction funding to begin building both Sections A & B of the New Ave Bikeway.

New Ave Bikeway Map (updated 11/4/21)
Designs for Section A – Holton Lane to Auburn Avenue

The City was awarded a Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments grant for preliminary (30%) designs and an MD-Bikeways Grant for semifinal (60%) and final (100%) designs. The final designs are currently in progress. These plans build on comments received on the preliminary and semi-final plans. Designs, approvals, and presentations for the New Ave Bikeway – Section A can be viewed at the links below:

Designs for Section B – Auburn Avenue to Poplar Avenue

The City was awarded a MD-Bikeways Grant for preliminary (30%), semifinal (60%), and final (100%) designs. The final designs are currently in progress. Designs, approvals, and presentations for the New Ave Bikeway – Section B can be viewed at the links below:

Project Lead & Contact Info

Alex Freedman
Acting Planning & Development Manager
Phone: 301-891-7119
Email: alexanderf@takomaparkmd.gov

Southbound New Hampshire Avenue side service lane, looking north from Glenside Drive.
Southbound New Hampshire Avenue side service lane, looking north from Glenside Drive.

Quicklinks

Project Info & Timeline

Budget & Funding Sources:

SourceAward DateProjectGrant FundsCity FundsTotal Grant Project
MW-COG2022Section D - Preliminary Designs$70,000$0$70,000
Kim Lamphier Bikeways Program (MD-DOT)
2021Section B - Final Design Plans
$254,000
$64,000
$318,000
Kim Lamphier Bikeways Program (MD-DOT)
2020Section A - Final Design Plans
$473,000
$118,000
$591,000
MD Bikeways
2019Section B - Semi-Final Design Plans
$235,000
$58,750
$293,750
MD Bikeways
2018Section A - Semi-Final Design Plans$240,000
$60,000
$300,000
MW-COG2016Section A - Preliminary Design Plans - Technical Assistance
$60,000
$0
$60,000
MW-COG2013New Hampshire Ave Multi-way Boulevard Feasibility Study
$50,000
$0
$50,000
TOTAL FUNDING$1,382,000$300,750$1,682,750

Project Timeline

Planning and Community Development Division Sections