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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 aims to creatively redesign 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 vehicular access to neighboring properties.

 

The 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. The City of Takoma Park selected the firm Rummel, Klepper, and Kahl (RK&K) to complete the designs for the first two stages of the project, and the third section is currently in the bidding process.

The seeds for this project were planted in the 2013 New Ave Feasibility Study. Since then, a mix of new circumstances continued to increase the viability and need for better bicycle connections in the area. These include a variety of state funding grants, new County-level bicycle and pedestrian master plans, the arrival of new Capital Bikeshare infrastructure, the Takoma-Langley Transit Center, and the MDOT Purple Line.

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. 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
Planner
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

  • Fall 2023
    Completion of Final (100%) Design for Section B
  • Spring 2022
    Completion of Final (100%) Design for Section A
  • November 10, 2021
    Council Presentation for Section B – Semifinal (60%) Designs
  • November 2021
    Completion of Semifinal (60%) Design for Section B
  • October 28, 2021
    Planning Board Mandatory Referral approval for Section B
  • September 2021
    Awarded Kim Lamphier Bikeways Network Program (MD-DOT) Grant for Final (100%) Design for Section B
  • February 2021
    Awarded Kim Lamphier Bikeways Network Program (MD-DOT) Grant  for Final (100%) Design for Section A
  • February 2021
    Planning Board Mandatory Referral approval for  Section A
  • February  2021
    Community Meeting for Preliminary (30%) Designs for Section B
  • January  2021
    Completion of Preliminary (30%) Design for Section B
  • Fall 2020
    Completion of Semifinal (60%) Design for Section A
  • Summer 2020
    Community Outreach and Council Presentation for Section A
  • June 2020
    Initiation of Preliminary (30%) Design for Section B
  • September 2019
    Awarded MD Bikeways Grant Semifinal (60%) Design for Section B
  • Fall 2018 to Present
    Design Work and Agency Stakeholder Meetings (Ongoing)
  • October 2019
    Six Month Extension Granted by MD Bikeways
  • September 2018
    Council Approves Ordinance to Execute Contract for Design Services with RK&K
  • July 2018
    Grant Agreement Executed 
  • November 2017
    Awarded MD Bikeways Grant for Semifinal (60%) Design for Section A
  • June 2017
    Preliminary (30%) Designs Completed
  • May 2017
    RK&K presented Preliminary (30%) Designs to Council for Section A
  • March 2017
    Community Meeting for Preliminary (30%) Design for Section A
  • February 16, 2017
    Stakeholders Meeting
  • July 2016
    MWCOG Technical Assistance Grant Awarded for Preliminary (30%) Design for Section A

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