Sunday, January 13, 2008

WB&A Trail Extension Opening Delayed

Ask anyone who lives in Anne Arundel County, particularly anyone who lives along the Route 2 corridor, what they think of the WB&A Trail, and chances are, they think it's a tremendous community resource. Sure, there were initially reservations about whether or not it would bring "unsavory" elements into the neighborhoods that abut the trail, but those concerns were largely unfounded.

An extension from Odenton to Bowie, which will connect the Anne Arundel and Prince George's County trails, is now nearly complete. The opening of the final segment, which includes a footbridge over the Little Patuxent River, is now being held up, in part, because of an enormous dump site of plastic waste adjacent to the trail. The County has already spent $47,000 removing 230 tons of plastic from the site, but several hundred more tons still remain. At least some of the plastic trash bears the logo of Nevamar, a plastic manufacturer that was based in Odenton from 1943 to 2004.

Let's hope the County pursues compensation for these remediation efforts if a culprit can be pinpointed. And, kudos to the County for pursuing this expansion of our well-traveled trail network.

Below is a map of the Anne Arundel County portion of trail's current configuration.


UPDATE: Sun coverage.

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At 12:05 PM, Blogger Linda said...

Your map depicts the configuration of the B&A Trail. This is not the same trail as the WB&A Trail. Do you have a map of that configuration?

At 10:38 PM, Blogger N.D. Sproll said...

Information on the alignment of the WB&A can be found here:

At 2:57 PM, Blogger Jeff7500 said...

Building a footbridge over the Little Patuxent River at this point is way overdue.

At 8:02 AM, Blogger Steve Mason said...

The writer of this article has no idea of what they are talking about. Even the map is wrong!

The trash, while an issue to deal with, has absolutely nothing to do with connecting the Bowie and Anne Arundel trails together! The trail connection is stuck in a legal mess that has lasted over 10 years.

Here's some correct details on the issue:

Also complimenting Anne Arundel County on this trail issue is the height of ignorance. Janet Owens the former Anne Arundel County Exectuve and her successor have done nothing to help the issue. Janet Owens herself made this situation worse with some very questionable actions.

Perhaps next time the author should check their facts before they write,


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