Key Highway is a major boulevard through Baltimore adjacent to historic Federal Hill and the Inner Harbor. Relics of previous transportation systems, such as old streetcar lines and mounded berms were removed to create a more visible, cohesive, and safe experience for all users. The Key Highway Intersection Improvement project’s primary goal was to create vehicular, pedestrian, and cyclist safety improvements through this vital corridor.
Extending a Major Trail
An extension of the Gwynns Falls trail, which is also part of the East Coast Greenway, provides a protected lane for pedestrians, bikes, and microtransit options. Landscaping includes additional shade, habitat, and visual interest along the trail. Accessibility upgrades along both sides of the highway create a more seamless and safe way for users to get around while still retaining historic features such as brick pavers. Adjacent to the Harbor, resiliency strategies include stormwater improvements that incorporate drought, flood, and salt-tolerant plantings.