MD 355 Sidewalk (Hyattstown) (P501104)

  • Category: Transportation
  • Sub Category: Pedestrian Facilities/Bikeways
  • Administering Agency: Transportation (AAGE30)
  • Planning Area: Clarksburg
  • Date Last Modified: 1/6/14
  • Required Adequate Public Facility: No
  • Relocation Impact: None
  • Status: Final Design Stage





This project provides for the rehabilitation of existing sidewalk and for construction of a ½ mile section of continuous sidewalk along the west side of MD 355 between Hyattstown Mill Road and a point just south of the Montgomery/Frederick County line. The sidewalk will connect Hyattstown Historical District to the Little Bennett Regional Park and provide safe pedestrian access to transit stops, retail stores, and residences adjacent to the roadway. It requires significant coordination with the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT), Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission's (M-NCPPC) Office of Historic Preservation, Maryland State Highway Administration, and the local businesses and the property owners/residents.


Clarksburg, MD

Estimated Schedule

Final design will be completed by Winter 2014. Land acquisition to be completed by Spring 2014. Construction to start in summer 2014 and to be completed in 9 months.


This sidewalk provides a safe and more direct pedestrian access to neighborhoods, retail stores, civic space, and transit stops within the Hyattstown Historic District. The project will also provide the community with a direct link between the town and the Little Bennett Regional Park. The 1994 Clarksburg Master Plan and Hyattstown Special Study Area encourages the installation of sidewalk along the MD 355 (Frederick Road) within the town. The existing sidewalk has deteriorated and needs immediate improvements. There is an October 2003 MD 355 (Frederick Road) Sidewalk Feasibility Study prepared by the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA). A review of impacts to pedestrians, bicyclists and the requirements of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991) is being performed and addressed by this project. The Clarksburg Master Plan & Hyattstown Special Study Area, Approved and Adopted in June 1994 recommends that, as part of the preservation of the historic district of Hyattstown, sidewalks be installed along Frederick Road, "where topography allows, as long as the sidewalks are informal and meandering." The Master Plan also recommends the installation of lighting and street furniture, the creation of community gateways at both ends of the study limits, and planting of street trees in an informal pattern.

Fiscal Note

Intergovernmental funding includes a Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) contribution based on the Memorandum of Understanding between DOT and WSSC dated November 30, 1984


A pedestrian impact analysis has been completed for this project.


Maryland Departement of the Environment, Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Maryland State Highway Administration, Maryland Historical Trust, Utility Companies, Upcounty Regional Services Center