A Case Study of Maryland's Access Management Program

The purpose of this paper is to outline the process and procedures of how the State of Maryland’s Access Management and Corridor Preservation programs have evolved to become one of the most unique in the country. The US 301 corridor is an example of some collaborative and innovative strategies that are currently being used. Corridor preservation is the process of protecting rights-of-way along significant existing and proposed transportation corridors to keep transportation options open while permitting land use changes to occur in accordance with local plans. It is essential to achieve a balance between protecting the private property rights of landowners and the public's need to protect future transportation corridors. The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) recognizes the importance of this balance as it promotes efficient land use patterns, lessens the amount of taxpayer dollars expended on future rights-of-way and prevents costly relocations that disrupt residences and businesses. SHA also promotes orderly development by integrating planning for land use and transportation facilities. When development occurs within a potential transportation corridor, construction of transportation facilities may become more complex and costly to the taxpayer. Access management is the process of balancing access for land development while preserving safe operation and mobility along the highway system. It is very important because access controls (limiting/restricting access points to highways) and traffic engineering techniques may be applied retroactively to a highway while providing sufficient accessibility for economic development. In many cases, eliminating vehicular conflicts often enhances the overall economic development potential of the corridor being served. Access management is currently used to preserve and enhance many non-controlled corridors on the Maryland Primary Highway System. Protecting these corridors is a high priority of SHA and the Maryland Department of Transportation.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Pagination: pp 150-155
  • Monograph Title: Fifth National Conference on Access Management, June 23-26, 2002, Austin, Texas

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01046229
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Apr 17 2007 3:36PM