Salisbury is set to receive funding that will pay for design costs of the remaining 8.9 miles of on-street bikeways in the city’s Bicycle Master Plan.
The Maryland Department of Transportation has awarded $597,024 from its Transportation Alternatives Plan to the city, which will cover 80 percent of the cost of design, traffic studies and associated signal plans.
The city’s share of $149,256 will come from the bike plan’s account in the current year’s budget.
Roughly 30 percent of the bikeways in the plan have already been designed, are underway or have been completed, said Amanda Pollack, the city’s Director of Infrastructure and Development.
Among the most notable of the completed projects is the protected two-way bike lane on Waverly Drive that was added in 2019 as part way to make Salisbury more bicycle-friendly.
A similar two-way cycle track is planned for the north side of Carroll Street along the river, separated from vehicular traffic with a landscaped barrier with trees and other plantings. It will link to the bike lane on Waverly Drive and also tie into the new traffic circle at Riverside Drive.
The new bikeways will likely use a variety of design types and will cover 15 streets and intersections, Pollack said.
The remaining streets are:
Signal plans may need to be created at six Intersections controlled by the city and three more intersections controlled by MDOT.
Pollack said since the grant will pay only for the design costs, the city will need to find more money in the future to pay for construction.