General Project Description
Dorchester County is looking to its future. Like many successful regional centers, Dorchester County is experiencing steady community growth and economic prosperity with an influx of residential and commercial development and a desire to attract quality industry and employment centers. However, with this success comes the challenges associated with growth. These challenges include the need to develop a transportation master plan that addresses the topics of traffic congestion and regionalism. Traffic congestion is the unwanted byproduct of community growth while regionalism is the accepted but competitive process of searching for resources to address congestion.
Effective transportation planning is crucial to continuing the successful growth of the County. Conventional transportation improvements such as highways and major roads keep goods moving and allow better access and mobility for freight operators and daily commuters. Measures such as bicycle, pedestrian and transit improvements allow the region’s residents and visitors their choice of traveling by foot, bicycle, bus, or modes other than driving alone.
To address the issues facing the area, Dorchester County is conducting a Comprehensive Transportation Master Plan. This plan will focus on all modes of transportation, and will address freight as well as passenger travel patterns. In order to develop a balanced plan, this study will examine the role of land use decisions on the transportation network. The primary objective of the Transportation Master Plan is to develop a set of recommendations that address congestion issues, promote the use of alternate modes of transportation, and are financially within reach.
Brief Schedule Information
The Dorchester County Planning Commission is currently reviewing the plan. The Planning Commission will make a recommendation to County Council for adoption.