Mid-Block Crossings

Rock Creek Trail Signal at Evergreen

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:

  1. Contact the County to discuss the proposed location.
  2. Prepare the analysis described in the adopted policy and get the County Engineer's approval.
  3. At the cost of the applicant, prepare the final design and obtain the necessary permits from the County.
  4. Obtain the funds and build the crossing.

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