Baltimore County officially opened the final extension of Owings Mills Boulevard on Thursday, June 16, completing the long-awaited connection between Owings Mills and the Liberty Road corridor.
In his speech at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kam-enetz said, “If you think about it, life is really about connections — your family, your friends, your faith community, your job. I like to think of this final phase of Owings Mills Boulevard as being like the LinkedIn of roads.”
This new section of the roadway is 1.2 miles, connecting Winands Road to Liberty Road (Route 26) at Live Oak Road. The significance of this connection is not lost on the local community. By joining existing portions of Owings Mills Boulevard to Liberty Road, the full 3.8-mile road now serves as a direct connector from Reisterstown Road to Liberty Road.
“In addition to the important economic benefits of linking these two business and residential communities, this extension will help relieve traffic congestion on neighborhood streets and provide for future road capacity,” Kamenetz added. A $13 million construction project, Owings Mills Boulevard Phase II accounted for the parking needs of businesses and residents and further updated the local infrastructure with new landscaping, paving, stop lights, signs and roadside lamps. The new section of road itself includes four lanes, a raised median and paths for both pedestrians and bicyclists. Additionally, Phase II boasts a two-span, 250-foot-long bridge crossing Scotts Level Branch stream.
“This is a very good time to live, work and drive in Owings Mills and Randallstown. It’s wonderful how every year these communities shine just a little brighter — attracting new people, new businesses and new enthusiasm,” Kamenetz said. The newly completed route is a part of Baltimore County’s $30 million investment in growing the Randallstown area since 2008.