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January 24, 2011

B&A repair update

The Baltimore and Annapolis Trail in Pasadena is likely to remain detoured for at least another 11 months. That makes me a bit sad, since I run on the trail every few weeks, but I'm pleased to have a timeline in hand.

County spokesman Matthew Diehl said Friday that he expects construction on the project to be finished by late December. The project, which will replace culverts and trail pavement washed out in last winter's blizzards, is 90% of the way through the design process, Diehl stated, mentioning that permit applications have been submitted for wetland-related construction.

The county is expecting to solicit bids this summer for the physical work, according to Diehl.

The closed section, which is less than a quarter-mile long, runs between Elvaton and Waterford roads, with trail traffic being diverted via Waterfod and Old Jumpers Hole roads.

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Posted by Patrick Maynard at 11:34 AM | | Comments (4)
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Let me get this straight: It takes OVER A YEAR--in fact, NEARLY TWO years--to DESIGN, APPROVE, and REPAIR a section of trail less than a quarter-mile long?!?!?!?

Did the entire railroad between Baltimore and Annapolis take that long to build once construction was started in the 1880s?

Thanks for the comment. It made me curious. Here's what has to say about the period of original construction:

... in 1880, a group of New England promoters organized the Annapolis & Baltimore Short Line to build a direct 26-mile line southeast from Baltimore, roughly following the old Annapolis Road. The project proceeded at a leisurely pace, with new “Short Line” trains eventually starting at the B&O’s Camden Station in Baltimore and heading in almost a straight line through sparsely populated farmland to the Severn, where a long timber trestle took them across the wide Severn River estuary to Annapolis. In early March 1887, the first train entered the new Short Line’s Bladen St. station in Annapolis.


Actually, it was quite typical for railroads in that time period to have a substantial lag time between being chartered or registered with the state and actually being built. One 45-mile railroad in my home area was chartered in mid-1865, but construction started in 1870 and was completed in November 1871. I would suspect that by Wednesday (weather permitting) I'll have my hands on the books I need to have a firm answer for the B&A.

My point remains the same, however: two cotton-pickin' years for less than a quarter-mile of simple asphalt........

Oh, great, the captcha is "railroad germane....."

It's nice that repairs are being made to the B&A trail in Pasadena to keep it pretty. One suggestion I have though is to instead use that money to put up cameras in the areas where people are frequently being robbed, assaulted, and raped. I would think protecting the citizens who use the trail from harm would take priority...

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