The Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks will submit its proposed map of bike and pedestrian trails between Eldersburg and Sykesville to the state, bringing the communities one step closer in a yearlong movement to connect, Administrator Jeff Degitz said.
The proposed map contains two new bridges and access from Raincliffe Road as north as MacBeth Way, which would also have a new trail connection where the road is now separated by a creek.
View the conceptual map as a PDF on the right.
The meeting followed two public hearings in the fall and winter, when residents discussed how to adapt the original "Freedom Trail" project started by Ross Dangel, which the county eventually shut down.
The Carroll County Commissioners voted, 4-0, on Thursday to proceed with submitting the grant application to the Maryland Bikeways program, Degitz said.
Latest recipients of the funding won route connections, signage and bike racks, with 20 selected in the initial round of grants, according to the state's website.
"Many are small-scale projects that will be implemented very quickly to improve Maryland’s cycling environment," the website states.
Degitz said he hopes to learn of the application's status sometime in July.