Pulaski Highway Redevelopment Study

KAI examined the feasibility of creating a dense and walkable mixed-use district along US 40 in suburban Baltimore County, Maryland. The project was prepared as part of a State-supported, sustainable communities initiative for Base Realignment and Closures (BRAC) related growth in the area. The district is well-served by the regional road network and lies just beyond a retail-oriented town center and a commuter rail station. Land within the district is currently either undeveloped, or developed with low density industrial uses, served by single parcel driveways from a limited road network.

To support redevelopment efforts, KAI led a multidisciplinary team to identify, quantify, and communicate to the public the multimodal and traffic-related benefits of greater internal connectivity, a more balanced mix of uses (including low, medium and high levels of residential infill), and a range of density options. However, the gridded roadway network proposed by the team was complicated by a freight railroad and numerous wetlands. The analysis showed how the road network and mixed-use private development can create lower-order roadway connections that reduce congestion by spreading traffic and providing multiple points of access to properties for all modes.

KAI developed future traffic volumes with a regional travel demand model and a post-processing technique that reflected the viability of non-auto trips within the district. Outreach with property owners, potential developers, and nearby neighborhoods was conducted throughout the project to provide information on potential options and establish an inventory of issues and opportunities to be addressed in the next phase of planning.