Calvert County adopted its first transportation plan in 1997, A Transportation Plan for Calvert County 2010. The plan established specific improvements to shape transportation and inform land use patterns through 2010. The updated plan, Calvert County Long Range Transportation Plan, provides functional guidance, which focuses on what Calvert County government can do to relieve congestion and maintain functional level of service on roads in the county. Calvert County's major thoroughfares are owned and maintained by Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA). Each year Calvert County works with the MDOT and with local and State government officials on transportation priorities. While Calvert County receives funds for some road improvements, such as the corridor of MD 231 and MD 2/4 in Prince Frederick other funding for the Thomas Johnson Bridge have been cut and monies redirected to other State projects throughout the State of Maryland. Besides the State having budgetary restraints, it also funds 23 other counties within the State of Maryland for road improvement funding. Calvert County does not have the usage levels to warrant extensive upgrades and funding as set forth by MDSHA.
The updated transportation plan for Calvert County applies practical and effective strategies to address the county's needs. These strategies include traffic management tools and improvement projects that can be funded or initiated by County Government.
We are planning for the future!
Calvert County, with the help of consulting firm Sabra & Associates, is working to update the Calvert County Transportation Plan adopted in 1997. The plan is being developed in conjunction with the update of the Calvert County Comprehensive Plan.
The Transportation Plan will set a vision to integrate multimodal transportation planning with land use, historic preservation, open space and community facilities.
Planning Commission Work Session - Thursday, September 26, 2019, Calvert Pines Senior Center, 450 West Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick, MD
The revised draft plan will be presented to the Planning Commission for review.
Consultant firm Sabra & Associates prepared a draft Calvert County Transportation Plan (PDF).
On Aug. 14, 2019, the Department of Planning & Zoning held the second and final public workshop on the Calvert County Transportation Plan update. The consultant presented the 2040 Traffic Analysis & Transportation Plan Overview and reviewed the previous workshop on existing conditions.
With the feedback collected from the previous workshop and further data collection and analysis, the Aug. 14 presentation focused on countywide road network performance, comparing 2017 conditions with future conditions in 2040. Three growth scenarios were analyzed based on objective criteria. Included were an overview of the draft plan including goals, strategic policies and potential investments. You can view the slide presentation here (PDF) and watch a recording of the Aug. 14 workshop here.
The consultant also referenced an interactive map showing comparisons of how traffic conditions of today compare to three different future growth level scenarios. The interactive map is available to view here.
Transportation Plan Schedule
- Public comment due on draft by Sept. 6, 2019
- Preparation of third draft plan for Planning Commission review
- Planning Commission work session with consultant - Sept. 26, 2019
- Fourth draft, Planning Commission's recommended plan
- 60-day review by agencies
- Planning Commission public hearing
- Board of County Commissioners work session
- Board of County Commissioners public hearing
- BOCC takes action on plan
The following major elements are to be addressed in the plan:
- Continue to focus on highway improvement priorities in coordination with the state
- Improve countywide traffic issues
- Continue to support town center development
- Emphasize multimodal transportation
- Embrace smart technology
The updated plan will address livability, safety and mobility for residents and enhance Calvert County as a vibrant place to live and visit. Stay tuned for updates!