April is Maryland Flood Awareness Month — take (and share!) this important Flood Awareness Survey

Planning in Progress

By Debbie Herr Cornwell, PLA, CC-P®, Resource Conservation Planner, and Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner

Did you know flooding is the number one natural hazard in Maryland? According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, every year, floods in Maryland kill more residents and destroy more property than any other natural hazard.[1]

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Department of Natural Resources Seeks Public Comments on 2023 Maryland State Forest Work Plans

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comment on the proposed FY23 annual work plans for the Chesapeake/Pocomoke, Green Ridge, Potomac-Garrett, and Savage River state forests.

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The Maryland Department of Transportation Seeks Public Input on State Freight Plan

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The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is updating the Maryland State Freight Plan (Plan) and is in the process of compiling freight-relevant needs and projects across Maryland. The Plan is also evaluating statewide freight strategies across seven goal areas that are aligned with the 2040 Maryland Transportation Plan. MDOT is seeking input from the public and freight stakeholders on this milestone regarding your opinions on priorities or other ideas related to these findings on statewide freight needs, priorities, and strategies.

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Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety: Maryland Department of Transportation to Develop State’s First Pedestrian Safety Action Plan

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By Kandese Holford, Regional and Intermodal Planning Division Assistant Chief and Statewide Bike/Ped Coordinator, Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration, with Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner 

Fig 1 – Screenshot showing draft PSAP report cover. Source: MDOT SHA website.

In spring 2021, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) initiated the state’s first Pedestrian Safety Action Plan (PSAP) to address the needs of the most vulnerable roadway users, namely pedestrians and bicyclists.  

The PSAP outlines how MDOT SHA will improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety by identifying challenges, setting goals and objectives, establishing priorities, and determining where to focus roadway safety improvements. Guided by principles established in Maryland’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) and MDOT SHA’s Context Guide, it identifies areas of need, prioritizes corridors, and recommends safety countermeasures by employing a systematic approach to project planning and design.  

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