The oft-delayed South Shore Trail appears to be moving forward as the Maryland Board of Public Works approved the purchase of two parcels in Millersville, MD for Phase I of the project.
The South Shore Trail will utilize the portion of the WB&A running between Odenton and Bestgate Road in Annapolis. The 10.3-mile trail will be linked in Odenton to the WB&A Trail, which would connect to Prince George’s County’s WB&A Trail at the Patuxent River. This trail will also be a component of both the East Coast Greenways (ECG) and the American Discovery Trail (ADT).
The trail has been in development for a long time. Originally it was to open in 2002. But Phase I, which connects Maryland Route 3 to Interstate 97, wasn't budgeted until 2005 at which point it was scheduled to begin in 2006. Later it was planned to start in 2008. But this purchase - which allows the trail to detour around a portion of nontidal wetlands - and an earlier one in September, should give people hope that work is imminent.
Currently, the trail only includes a stretch of 0.84 miles from the Westfield Annapolis mall to Anne Arundel Medical Center.
Work is supposed to begin in the fiscal year that starts July 1, 2013, but "that could change."
Originally this project was described as 10.3 miles, so I'm not sure why now it is 16.4. Perhaps they're counting the section to the B&A Trail. The trail will be developed in three phases and cost $4.2 million.