Christopher’s Crossing Loop, an Urban Primary Arterial Roadway
Increased growth and traffic, especially in the northwest portion of the City, has dictated the planning and construction of a urban primary arterial ring road or loop around the City. In accordance with the City's 2010 and recently adopted 2020 Comprehensive Plan the Christopher’s Crossing loop is planned to extend from U.S. 15 north to U.S. 40 west of the City to improve overall circulation, access and roadway network redundancy. Several projects, recently completed and planned, managed and coordinated by the State, County and City, support the ultimate completion of the Christopher’s Crossing loop.
- 2013 Recommended Improvements (PDF)
- 2018 Recommended Improvements (PDF)
- 2028 Recommended Improvements (PDF)
2030 Comprehensive Plan Roadway Classification Map from the 2010 Comp Plan: https://cityoffrederickmd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/640/2030-Roadway-Classification?bidId=
2040 Comprehensive Plan Roadway Classification Map from the 2020 Comp Plan: 2020-Comprehensive-Plan-Adopted (cityoffrederickmd.gov)
- Sanner Farm
- TRAFFIC SIGNAL AT Opossumtown pike
- FRED CO PORTION
- Rocky Springs RD to Kemp LN Curve
- Kemp Lane to Shookstown Rd/Old Camp Rd
Initiated in 2018 and completed in 2020, this section provided a critical missing link between the existing endpoint of Christopher’s Crossing in Clover Ridge to the intersection of Walter Martz Road and Poole Jones Road. This connection is essential to the future development of the City-owned Sanner Farm, which includes multiple public facilities and is vital to providing multiple safe and efficient connections from residential areas in the northwest to downtown Frederick and U.S. 15.
The project constructed 2,300 feet of four-lane median divided roadway, 10-foot-wide shared use path, and sidewalk, a new traffic circle at Walter Martz Road, and a new bridge over a tributary to Little Tuscarora Creek. Construction was completed by C. William Hetzer Inc. for just under $5.0 million.
Designed to improve intersection geometry, manage increased traffic, and support safe pedestrian crossings, a new traffic signal at this intersection was designed and funds provided by the Preserve at Tuscarora developer. The City is managing the construction project.
- 7/15/ 2021: Contract for $869,408.50 awarded to Pleasants Construction Inc.
- 8/1/2021 – 12/31/2021: Majority of intersection work completed.
- 1/19/2022: New signal placed into operation.
- Installation of improvements at Timber Grove Road Intersection scheduled to begin on or about the end of March/beginning of April 2022. Contractor currently on-hold pending further evaluation of improvements.
- Completion, including performing the additional work at Timber Grove, final paving, and clean-up is projected for May 2022.
Managed and funded by Frederick County, this project will upgrade the 5,900 linear feet County-portion of Christopher’s Crossing from a two-lane median divided roadway to a four-lane median divided roadway from Whittier Drive (City limits) to the Walter Martz/Poole Jones Road intersection.
All information on this project, including latest updates, can be found at the County’s project website:
With subsections crossing through the Millie’s Delight and the Barrick Planned Neighborhood Developments, and along the Eastern side of the Sycamore Ridge Development, this section of Christopher’s Crossing comprises 3,900 l.f. of new and improved roadway.
- Sycamore Ridge: Kemp Lane frontage, designed by the developer (2020). Construction underway now (2021-2022)
- Barrick: To be designed and constructed by the developer (2022-2024)
- Millie’s Delight: Design planned for 2022. Construction ~ 2024.
Originally envisioned to cross Fort Detrick “Area B”, the Waverly View Planned Neighborhood Development, Shookstown Road and connect to the end of Old Camp Road, alignment of Christopher’s Crossing in this area continues to be under review. Since Area B was added to the National Priorities List as a Superfund Site, the Fort must continue to fully characterize the extent of contamination and select a remediation strategy. The City is considering the merits of the existing plan compared to an alternative alignment which may include widening of the existing Kemp Lane.
- Design (TBD)