New Port Covington Bike Path to Run Underneath the Hanover Street Bridge

| April 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Port Covington bike path and trail system continues to expand as construction has begun on an extension of a path that will run underneath the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge (often referred to as the Hanover Street Bridge) on S. Hanover St. The path will connect West Covington Park to the parking lots adjacent to Nick’s Fish House and Locke Insulators.

The path system is being built and paid for by the Port Covington development team of Sagamore Development Company, Goldman Sachs, and Weller Development Company. The team is spearheading a 235-acre redevelopment of Port Covington.

This new path extension will allow pedestrians and cyclists to avoid crossing the busy Rt. 2/Hanover St. to safely access attractions such as Nick’s Fish House, Sagamore Spirit, and The Baltimore Sun’s Sun Park. It is expected to open in the next 60 days, according to Weller Development officials.

The path extension connects to an existing path that Sagamore began construction on last year. Construction and completion of this partially existing path has been delayed due to a portion that crosses over the CSX tracks. This path begins at W. McComas St. just east of Schuster Concrete near Swann Park, runs alongside the S. Hanover St., over the train tracks, and then connects with City Garage along W. Dickman.

In coordination with CSX, Sagamore is expecting to complete the final connection over the CSX tracks this spring. This portion of the path allows cyclists and pedestrians coming from the South Baltimore Peninsula neighborhoods to avoid S. Hanover St. in Port Covington.

The new path under the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge will also connect with 0.7 miles of a partially-protected, on-street cycle track along Cromwell St. that was added to Port Covington last year by the development team.

Sagamore is also planning a spur off of this path to cross underneath another portion of S. Hanover St., which becomes a bridge over the CSX train tracks between W. McComas St. and W. Dickman St. This section of S. Hanover St., which also includes on- and off-ramps from I-95, has been described by many in the area as difficult and dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists.

The path spur will connect to The Baltimore Sun’s Sun Park facility and the surrounding properties. The Baltimore Sun is moving 300 employees to the site this summer.

Screenshot courtesy of Google Maps. The orange lines represent the proposed and under-construction portions of the bike and pedestrian path, and the blue lines represents existing sidewalks along the path.

Pictures of the new, under-construction path that crosses under the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge 

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