Falls Road East Side Hiker/ Biker Path (P500905)

  • Category: Transportation
  • Sub Category: Pedestrian Facilities/Bikeways
  • Administering Agency: Transportation (AAGE30)
  • Planning Area: Potomac-Travilah
  • Date Last Modified: 4/21/14
  • Required Adequate Public Facility: No
  • Relocation Impact: None
  • Status: Preliminary Design Stage




This project provides funds to develop final design plans, acquire right-of-way, and construct approximately 4 miles of an 8-foot bituminous hiker/biker path along the east side of Falls Road from River Road to Dunster Road. Falls Road is classified as a major highway and has a number of side street connections along the project corridor. The path will provide pedestrians and cyclists safe access to communities along this project corridor, and will provide a connection to existing pedestrian facilities to the north (Rockville) and to the south (Potomac).


Falls Road, Rockville MD

Estimated Schedule

Final design to start in Fall 2017 and to conclude by Fall 2019. Property acquisition will start in Winter 2019 and take approximately 18
months to complete. Utility relocations and construction will start and be completed after FY20.

Cost Change

Increase due to revised design costs as a result of new state-mandated stormwater management regulations and updated inflation estimates.


This path provides vital access to public transportation along Falls Road. The path will provide pedestrian access to the following destinations: bus stops along Falls Road, Bullis School, Ritchie Park Elementary School, Potomac Community Center, Potomac Library, Potomac Village Shopping Center, Potomac Promenade Shopping Center, Heritage Farm Park, Falls Road Golf Club, Falls Road Park, and a number of religious facilities along Falls Road. The 2002 Potomac Subregion Master Plan calls for a Class I (off-road) bike path along Falls Road from the Rockville City limit to MacArthur Boulevard. The path is a missing link between existing bicycle facilities within the City of Rockville and existing path along Falls Road south of River Road.

Fiscal Note

Project deferred due to fiscal capacity. Intergovernmental revenue represents the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission's (WSSC) portion of the water and sewer relocation costs. Federal Transportation Enhancement Funds will be pursued after property acquisition has been completed.


A pedestrian impact analysis has been completed for this project.


Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, State Highway Administration, Utility Companies, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Permitting Services, Washington Gas, Pepco, Verizon, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Bikeway Program - Minor Projects