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Glad to hear this is moving forward. The cleared portion of alternative 3 looks like an old road of some sort - I checked it out last year after the most recent AA county section to the north was completed. For people riding the main route of the WB&A it looks like roughly the same distance for both alternatives, so perhaps the gradient would be the deciding factor (there's already a pretty steep hill leading down from Conway Rd). But I agree that alternative 2 would be better for connecting to Bowie St.

(as an aside - when I saw it last spring or summer, the PG county trail ended short of Bowie St. It stopped at a ROW perhaps 100m from the Amtrak line. Maybe you can take that ROW to Bowie St? It's driveable - I saw someone back there with a 4WD truck)

The Northern Crossing is the better option. The Con of the steep approach is just about a non-issue because the section of trail from Conway Road to the river's edge is fairly steep.

The easement for Alternative 3 (Southern Crossing) would have to come from the The Villages at Two Rivers and the developers already paid for and built the last segment of trail. Asking for an easement on top of that would be a hard sale.

Whichever route they choose, this is great news.

Maybe this will bring the South Shore Trail back into focus for AA County, as the completed WB&A should increase interest in a safe bike route from Odenton to Annapolis. Anyone have current information on AA County plans?

I would be happy with either option. Been waiting a very long time for this!

Any idea just how steep the approaches are for either case?

Toon,

Work on Phase I (http://www.aacounty.org/departments/recreation-parks/parks/trails/forms-and-publications/south-shore-trail-map-1.pdf) is to begin this summer as is the feasibility study of phases III, IV and the MD Route 3 Crossing.

It's a no-brainer! The trail was always intended to connect and there's no way to get around the disconnected portions other than riding on Rt. 301 and dangerous Annapolis Rd. Ridiculous!

I don't like the idea of adding any more steepness to the the already steep trail, but whichever option can be built quickly.

Personally, I don't understand why the original trail can't be built. It was on a RR Right of Way and is still a transportation structure. Firearms safety course?! The author of that old article, Candus Thomson, seems to incorrectly imply that the safety course would be no more if the ROW is used. Why would a buffer zone be necessary if the firearms are unloaded as the article states? In fact, that could be used as part of the training simulation. How would a cyclist/pedestrian trail affect boy scouts, 4-H clubs, outdoors people and birders, and church groups other than in easier access (all of which are also cyclists, btw)? But, in absence of any sense on the part of Anne Arundel county and it's leaders then, of course, the alternative route should be built quickly. It's only been 17 years! I'm also curious whether or not the county lost the one million dollars in federal funding for the trail while they dragged their heels and didn't follow through on the lawsuit. Constant griping about balanced budgets while rejecting huge sums of money seems pretty hypocritical if that was the case.

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