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Port Covington Development Team taps Brigance Brigade Foundation to support Accessibility Task Force

Brigance Brigade Foundation to convene independent task force to ensure Port Covington serves as model for accessibility


port covington logoThe Port Covington development team today announced it has selected the Brigance Brigade Foundation to support an independent task force consisting of cross-accessibility leaders in the Baltimore area, to ensure the Port Covington development serves as a global model for accessibility for persons with disabilities.

Concurrently, the Port Covington team announced it has selected Williams Associates to design the first complete rebuild of a signalized intersection at the planned 235-acre Port Covington redevelopment. Williams Associates, a minority-owned engineering firm based in Severna Park, Md., will work with the task force assembled by the Brigance Brigade Foundation to ensure its design includes current best practices in accessible design, including Accessible Pedestrian Signals, detectable warning surface, a fully accessible pedestrian path, and more. Williams Associates will design an improved intersection at Cromwell Street and Insulator Drive in Port Covington, a project that includes the widening of McComas Street and the addition of a new street that ties in on the north side of the intersection.

The Brigance Brigade Foundation is an ALS support organization created by former NFL player O.J. Brigance and his wife Chanda. The Foundation’s mission is to equip, encourage, and empower individuals living with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).

“The redevelopment of Port Covington provides us with an amazing opportunity to create spaces that allow everyone to comfortably live, work and play,” said Marc Weller, president of Sagamore Development Company. “We’re extremely excited to work with the Brigance Brigade, leveraging its expertise to ensure people of all abilities are able to experience everything Port Covington has to offer.”

O.J. Brigance, co-founder and chairman of the Brigance Brigade Foundation added: “We are honored to work with the Port Covington development team to advocate for PALS (People living with ALS) and others with disabilities in the Port Covington project and beyond.”

The rebuild of the intersection of Cromwell Street and Insulator Drive will be the first in Port Covington since the project launched. Cromwell Street is a roadway that has been steadily changing in character, with the opening of Under Armour’s Building 37, the Sagamore Spirit Distillery, and most recently the creation of the bike lanes and on-street parking.

Williams Associates will design and prepare contract documents for a traffic signal installation at the intersection of Cromwell Street and Insulator Drive. The project will include the thoughtful design of accessible ramps and areas of refuge, easily detectible surfaces, as well as visual and audible signals for pedestrians.

The rebuilt intersection at Cromwell Street and Insulator Drive will provide signalized crossing for expanded bike lanes along this section of Cromwell. The intersection will also be altered to provide full signalized access for trucks and employee vehicles accessing the Baltimore Sun printing building via a new driveway that will tie in on the north side of the intersection. The new driveway, which will ultimately be a new street, will be nicknamed Purple Street until a permanent street name is designated.

The design of the intersection rebuild kicked off in August and is expected to be submitted to Baltimore City for approval by February 2018.