Construction on Phase 6 of the hiking and biking trail project — a 5-mile stretch running south from Route 236 (Thompson Corner Road) and linking two existing sections of the trail — began in March and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
When completed, the plan calls for a 25-mile trail to run from Deborah Drive in Charlotte Hall through John V. Baggett Park in Laurel Grove to Pegg Road in Lexington Park. The trail is planned to run mostly adjacent to Route 5 in the north and Route 235 in the south.
Federal funding for the portion of the trail now under construction came in the form of $1,788,600 passed through the State Highway Administration’s enhancement fund. State contributors include Maryland Bikeways ($470,180), Maryland Program Open Space ($185,000), Maryland Heritage Areas ($136,877) and SHA’s recreational trails program ($120,000).
Local funding came in the form of $934,561 from the St. Mary’s County government.
When this segment is complete, the Three Notch Trail will run 11 miles from the Charles County line to Laurel Grove.
Former Commissioner Larry Jarboe (R) said in November he wanted to make sure that horse-and-buggy traffic could use the new section of trail so it wouldn’t have to mix with high-speed traffic on Route 5. The buggies use the other parts of the trail already.
File this under "things that aren't said enough."
“It’s saved lives over the last few years,” he said. “A little horse manure [along the trail] is a lot better than seeing a dead horse and driver and children on the road.”
For the most part the Three Notch Trail follows an old railroad bed that ran from Brandywine to Patuxent River Naval Air Station. The Navy extended the railroad from Mechanicsville to Lexington Park in 1942 to build the base, and used the line until 1954. The line was sporadically used by the Pennsylvania Railroad until 1965. St. Mary’s County government in cooperation with the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative purchased the old railroad line in 1970.
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