KCI’s MD 413 Shared Use Bike Path project was recognized with a Project of the Year award from the County Engineers Association of Maryland (CEAM). The honor is presented to an outstanding county project that demonstrates complexity, innovative problem solving, cost-effective uses of staff and funds, and solutions that address citizens’ needs. KCI was the winner of the mid-size project category, which consisted of nominations that were between $1,000,000 and $5,000,000 in construction cost. Results were announced at the CEAM Virtual Fall Conference, and winning project teams had the opportunity to present on their submission during technical sessions.
With plans in motion to connect a regional recreational center to the town of Crisfield, a solution was created that would build the MD 413 shared use bike path parallel to an abandoned railroad in Somerset County. Our team employed innovative cost approaches throughout the design to reduce construction costs low, allowing for the work to proceed with funding from two simultaneous state grants. The first phase completed 4.5 miles of the 13.5-mile-long proposed corridor while balancing challenges with rights-of-way, roadway crossings and environmental mitigation. This new path will provide residents with a safe and convenient way to access outdoor activities and boost the local economy with nearby shops and restaurants around the town.