Calvert County adopted its first transportation plan in 1997, A Transportation Plan for Calvert County 2010. The plan established specific improvements to shape transportation and inform land use patterns through 2010. The updated plan, Calvert County Long Range Transportation Plan, provides functional guidance, which focuses on what Calvert County government can do to relieve congestion and maintain functional level of service on roads in the county. Calvert County’s major thoroughfares are owned and maintained by Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA). Each year Calvert County works with the MDOT and with local and State government officials on transportation priorities. While Calvert County receives funds for some road improvements, such as the corridor of MD 231 and MD 2/4 in Prince Frederick other funding for the Thomas Johnson Bridge have been cut and monies redirected to other State projects throughout the State of Maryland. Besides the State having budgetary restraints, it also funds 23 other counties within the State of Maryland for road improvement funding. Calvert County does not have the usage levels to warrant extensive upgrades and funding as set forth by MDSHA.
The updated transportation plan for Calvert County applies practical and effective strategies to address the county’s needs. These strategies include traffic management tools and improvement projects that can be funded or initiated by County Government.
On March 24, 2020 the Board of County Commissioners voted to adopt the February 2020 Draft Transportation Plan with amendments. The plan replaces the 1997, A Transportation Plan for Calvert County. The Transportation Plan serves as a functional guide for future planning to be implemented through local laws and public investments over the next 20 years.
Transportation Plan Schedule
- Public comment due on draft by Sept. 6, 2019
- Preparation of draft plan for Planning Commission review
- Planning Commission work session with consultant - Sept. 26, 2019
- Planning Commission’s recommended plan
- 60-day review by agencies
- Planning Commission public hearing
- Board of County Commissioners work session
- Board of County Commissioners public hearing
- BOCC takes action on plan (ADOPTED MARCH 24, 2020)
The following major elements are to be addressed in the plan:
- Continue to focus on highway improvement priorities in coordination with the state
- Improve countywide traffic issues
- Continue to support town center development
- Emphasize multimodal transportation
- Embrace smart technology
The updated plan will address livability, safety and mobility for residents and enhance Calvert County as a vibrant place to live and visit. Stay tuned for updates!