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MEDIA ADVISORY - SHA Project on West Street

Westgate Circle and MD 2 Linked by Continuous Sidewalk for First Time


What:     A community gathering and press conference celebrating new “outer” West Street sidewalks, providing a continuous ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)/pedestrian path from Westgate Circle to MD 2 (Solomons Island Road) in Annapolis.  Press conference will be followed by a walking tour (optional) of West Street.

Who: Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen and the members of the City Council,  Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch (invited), Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller (invited), State Senator John Astle, State Delegate Ronald A. George (invited), State Delegate Herbert H. McMillan (invited), Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold (invited), Anne Arundel County Councilman Chris Trumbauer (invited)       SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters, SHA District Engineer Lee Starkloff, Ginger W. Palmer, Chair, Anne Arundel County Commission on Disability Issues, Gail Smith, Annapolis ADA Coordinator
When:        Monday, October 15 at 1 p.m.

Where:    Annapolis Area Branch – Anne Arundel County Public Library
               1410 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401 
               Parking is available behind the library

   Many people walk along West Street in Annapolis and this project enhances their safety. The sidewalks  were not up to current ADA standards for wheelchair access.  This section of MD 450 includes a commercial district from MD 2 to Homeland Avenue, a residential area, a public library from Homeland Avenue to Russell Street and a mixed use of commercial and residential area from Russell Street to Westgate Circle. 

In recognition of Disability History and Awareness Month in Maryland, the timely completion of the West Street project is an example of collaborative partnership to provide and support safe, accessible transportation options for all pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders and drivers.