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State Board Approves Sale of Land for Trail

The Maryland Board of Public works approved nearly $140,000 to be spent for land to be used for the South Shore trail in Millersville.

Efforts to build the South Shore trail between Odenton and Annapolis got a boost this week when the state approved the sale of some land in the project's first phase. 

The Maryland Board of Public Works approved the purchase of two parcels in Millersville comprising just under one acre. The sales included $95,400 for a parcel totalling 0.586 acres and another $43,453 for another parcel comprising 0.221 acres. 

The land is part of the proposed first phase of the trail, a 2-mile stretch from Maryland Route 3 to Waterbury Road.

A third parcel of land in the area was already acquired for $70,000 in September, according to the Maryland Gazette.

The acquisitions will be funded using grants under the Maryland Consolidated Capital Bond Loan program.

The land will be used as part of the northern portion of the South Shore trail, which is designed to extend from Odenton to Annapolis, a total of 16.9 miles. Currently, the trail only includes a stretch of 0.84 miles from the Westfield Annapolis mall to Anne Arundel Medical Center. 

John "Rob" Burk January 27, 2013 at 01:08 PM
Finally some progress!
Chris W January 27, 2013 at 02:44 PM
I have mixed feelings as we have a great need for better transit. I would love to see some of the old rail beds used to provide more transit options, but I know the cost is prohibitive.
AA resident January 27, 2013 at 09:18 PM
St. Stephens Church Road at Rt 3 extends to Waterbury via Severn Chapel Road. This is a narrow 2 lane road with many curves and lots of shade as the trees are large and old. There are many runners and bikers who use this road to exercise which is extremely dangerous as with they have to use the road as there is no shoulder. In addition, there is a large school bus business and the buses often drive in the middle of the road as the trees have overgrown the sides. Between the school buses and pedestrians I have had many close accidents and had to choose between pedestrian and bus, especially around the curves. I hope that the proposed trail is in this area so that pedestrians have a safe place to exercise and motorist have a safe place to drive!
Dave January 28, 2013 at 12:19 AM
http://dnrweb.dnr.state.md.us/download/greenways/atlas/aa_greenway.pdf That map shows a rough alignment for the South Shore trail - it's the one that goes from Odenton to Annapolis. It will roughly parallel I-97. AA resident, yes the south shore trail will be near St. Stephens Church road.
Tim Lemke January 28, 2013 at 02:00 PM
I've uploaded an image of the map...it may be a little tough to make out, but you can see how it stretches from Odenton and just north and east of the Dairy Farm and then down to Annapolis.

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