Pedestrian and bicycle trails are essential to providing multi-modal access and mobility within the transportation system. These travel options are less expensive than operating a car, reduce congestion on our roads, and promote an active lifestyle for all ages.
Oftentimes, trails follow utility easements and greenways, which intersect County roads mid-block or at uncontrolled intersections. These locations present challenges for people needing to cross the road to continue on the trail. Fortunately, Washington County has adopted a policy to allow our local partners to build marked and often signalized mid-block crossings, in certain circumstances, to encourage safer crossings.
Who can build a mid-block crossing on a county road?
Anyone can apply for one. Park and trail providers, businesses, HOA's, and city road departments are typical applicants for mid-block crossing requests.
What is the process to build one?
There are 4 Steps:
- Contact the County to discuss the proposed location.
- Prepare the analysis described in the adopted policy and get the County Engineer's approval.
- At the cost of the applicant, prepare the final design and obtain the necessary permits from the County.
- Obtain the funds and build the crossing.
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