Transportation News in District 23 – August 2016

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 @ 4:35PM

Over the course of the next two years, Prince George’s County is anticipating receiving over $7 billion dollars in transportation funding for projects ranging from repair & reinforcement of roads to the building of new roads and highways to develop access in Prince George’s County. Here are several benefits of the transportation project funding:

  • To provide better access to developing areas of central Prince George’s County.
  • Improvements are needed to accommodate the existing and projected high volumes of traffic generated by continuing growth along the US 301 corridor and to address existing safety problems.
  • To addresses transportation needs while considering growth management and environmental issues.
  • To relieve increasing traffic congestion that occurs during peak hours.
  • Fund studies to improve safety and operations and relieve congestion in heavily travelled MD-3 corridor.

Here is a detailed summary of planned or funded projects in order of priority for the county:

MD 197 Widening & Resurfacing, Kenhill Drive to MD 450 Relocated

Mitchellville, Woodmore, Fairwood, Bowie

Project is the County’s #3 construction priority.

What: The project involves the upgrade and widening of the existing MD 197 to a four-lane divided highway with a raised grass median, bicycle lanes; a sidewalk on the western side of MD 197, and a reconstruction/relocation of the exiting hiker/biker trail on the eastern side of MD 197 from Kenhill Drive to MD 450 Relocated.

Why: To provide additional capacity to accommodate increasing volumes of traffic and provide better access to the city of Bowie.

When: Over the past several months the project has been going through an internal review to confirm that the proposed design is the most appropriate to meet the purpose and need of the project. The review is nearing completion and is anticipated to be complete at the end of July of 2016. Once complete, the remainder of the design schedule will be defined.

Planning: $1.6 million (funded)

Design: $11.0 million (funded)

Right-of-way: $14.8 million (unfunded)

Construction: $72.9 million (unfunded)

Total cost: $100.2 million

 

US 301 South Corridor Transportation Study, I-595/US 50 to Potomac River

Upper Marlboro 

Project is the County’s #6 construction priority.

What: This is a study to consider highway/transit improvements from the Potomac River to the US 301/US 50 interchange in Bowie.

Why: To addresses transportation needs while considering growth management and environmental issues.

When: Project planning for the overall corridor is on hold. However, MDOT is focusing on two breakout projects: the upgrade and widening of US 301 at MD 197 and improvements to the US 301 MD 5/ Mattawoman Drive and the US 301 at MD 228 intersections in the Waldorf area.

Planning $ 10.8 million (funded)

Design $ 449.2 million (unfunded)

Right-of-way $ 900.5 million (unfunded)

Construction $ 3.0 billion (unfunded)

Total cost: $ 4.4 billion

 

MD 201EX & US 1 Corridor Planning Study I-95/I-495 – North of Muirkirk Rd.

Laurel

The project is listed as the County’s #8 construction priority.

What: This is a project planning study to upgrade MD 201 and US 1 to a four or six-lane divided highway.

Why: US 1 and MD 201 are over capacity and both experience severe congestion during peak periods.

When: Project planning is approximately 50 percent complete. The project is currently on hold, having been placed on hold at the start of national economic downturn. The project is awaiting funding to complete planning and design.

Planning: $7.2 million (6.8 million funded)

Design: $78.8 million (unfunded)

Right-of-way: $54.4 million (unfunded)

Construction: $525.1 million (unfunded)

Total cost: $665.5 million

 

US 301, Upgrade and Widening, Mount Oak Road to US 50

Bowie

Project is the County’s #9 construction priority.

What: The project is an upgrade and widening of US 301, from north of Mount Oak Road to US 50.

Why: Improvements are needed to accommodate the existing and projected high volumes of traffic generated by continuing growth along the US 301 corridor and to address existing safety problems.

When: Project is currently on hold awaiting funding for design.

Planning: $2.5 million (funded)

Design: $44.4 million (unfunded)

Right-of-way: $59.8 million (unfunded)

Construction: $296.1 million (unfunded)

Total cost: $402.8 million

 

SHA System Preservation Program – US 301 at MD 214, Lighting

Bowie

What: Installation of light fixtures.

Why: To improve safety at US 301/MD 214 interchange.

When: The installation is underway and is anticipated to be complete in mid-August of 2016. 

Total Cost: $1.1 million

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