Nearly half a mile of pathway at Lake Kittamaqundi has been replaced after it was removed during a county infrastructure improvement project — and the pathway is now wider than before to make it better for the people who use it.
The section of path is 2,200 linear feet running from the bridge on the southern end and through the Kennedy Gardens area on the east side of the lake. It needed to be replaced after the Howard County government finished a sewer line construction project, according to Denis Ellis, division director of capital improvement projects for Columbia Association (CA).
The county government reimbursed CA for a total of $90,000 to install a new 8-foot-wide pathway. CA allocated an additional $24,000 to make the path 10-feet wide, which makes it easier and safer for pedestrians and bicyclists to share, Ellis said. That width was among the recommendations made in CA’s Active Transportation Action Agenda, which can be found online at bit.ly/ConnectingColumbia. The pathway’s sloping also conforms to the Americans with Disabilities Act, he said.
Another pathway project at the lake is planned for the future, one that will see CA completing the long-anticipated loop around Kittamaqundi.