New in­ter­change to lessen traf­fic con­ges­tion in 2018

‘Ho­gan says $115 mil­lion state road fund­ing will ‘break a ma­jor bot­tle­neck’

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JOHNATHON CLINKSCALES jclinkscales@somd­news.com

Gov. Larry Ho­gan (R) an­nounced last week a $115.4 mil­lion project to build a new in­ter­change over Route 210 at Kerby Hill and Liv­ingston roads, an in­vest­ment that he said will im­prove safety and re­duce traf­fic con­ges­tion along the busy cor­ri­dor in south­ern Prince Ge­orge’s County, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from the gov­er­nor’s of­fice.

“All across the state, we have com­mit­ted to a his­toric and un­prece­dented in­vest­ment in new in­fras­truc­ture projects,” Ho­gan said dur­ing a press con­fer­ence held

out­side near the in­ter­sec­tion on June 15 in Fort Washington. “We are con­tin­u­ing to move for­ward with our plans to in­vest an amaz­ing $923 mil­lion in high­way projects just right here in Prince Ge­orge’s County. This will in­clude $115.4 mil­lion to re­place this in­ter­sec­tion with a brand new in­ter­change here at [Route] 210 and Kerby Hill Road and Liv­ingston Road.”

Route 210 cur­rently has three lanes in each di­rec­tion with a nar­row me­dian. Dur­ing the morn­ing and evening rush hours, driv­ers ex­pe­ri­ence de­lays at two traf­fic sig­nals be­tween I-495 and Kerby Hill/Liv­ingston roads. Traf­fic along the cor­ri­dor is ex­pected to in­crease from 82,700 to 126,350 ve­hi­cles per day by 2035, the press re­lease noted.

Ho­gan said the multi-mil­lion dol­lar project will break a ma­jor bot­tle­neck that has plagued lo­cal res­i­dents and com­muters for decades. It will not only cre­ate safer merges, but re­duce wait times at traf­fic sig­nals as well, he said.

“Any­one who has trav­eled along this route dur­ing peak times can tell you about the grid­lock on this stretch of high­way and this in­ter­sec­tion is only go­ing to get busier with traf­fic ex­pected to in­crease by more than 50 per­cent by 2035,” Ho­gan said.

The new in­ter­change will con­trol merg­ing traf­fic onto north­bound and south­bound Route 210. The Mary­land Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion’s State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion will re­move two traf­fic sig­nals, one at Route 21 at Wil­son Bridge Drive and the other at Route 210 at Kerby Hill and Liv­ingston roads. New traf­fic sig­nals will also be in­stalled on the over­pass, ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease.

Other en­hance­ments to im­prove safety and traf­fic con­ges­tion in­clude align­ing Kerby Hill Road, adding new out­side shoul­ders and build­ing a new ser­vice road par­al­lel to south­bound Route 210 that will serve area res­i­dents and tran­sit. In ad­di­tion, SHA will re­move the me­dian cross­over south of Al­coa Drive and will build a rightin/right-out turn move­ment con­nect­ing to the north­bound Route 210 ser­vice road.

“The util­ity work on this project is now un­der­way with con­struc­tion start­ing this fall,” Ho­gan said.

He said his ad­min­is­tra­tion is giv­ing Prince Ge­orge’s an ad­di­tional $36 mil­lion to help the county fix more lo­cal roads, as well as $156 mil­lion to repave ex­ist­ing roads all across the county.

SHA will also start con­struc­tion of sev­eral new in­ter­changes through­out Prince Ge­orge’s County alone this sum­mer. The work in­cludes build­ing a new $55 mil­lion in­ter­change at Ac­co­keek/ Brandy­wine roads; a $150 mil­lion full in­ter­change to im­prove ac­cess to the Green­belt metro sta­tion and to sup­port the pro­posed site for the FBI head­quar­ters; and a new $136 mil­lion in­ter­change along Route 4 and Suit­land Park­way, ac­cord­ing to Ho­gan.

With the MGM Na­tional Harbor casino com­ing and tourist at­trac­tion ex­pand­ing, Sen. C. An­thony Muse (D-Prince Ge­orge’s) said it’s im­por­tant to get trans­porta­tion and road in­fras­truc­ture projects un­der­way.

“Trans­porta­tion and road in­fras­truc­ture is vi­tal to all that we do,” Muse said. “You can’t just com­plain about some­thing. You have to work to­gether as a team be­cause the con­stituents that we serve, they don’t want to hear about prob­lems and why we can­not get along. They put us in of­fice for a rea­son — to get along and to get things done. … I’m glad to have a gov­er­nor and those at MDOT who un­der­stand this is what we need to do.”

The Route 210 in­ter­change will be open to traf­fic by fall 2018.

“Un­for­tu­nately, there’s sim­ply no way to un­der­take projects and not have im­pact on ex­ist­ing traf­fic. But our ap­proach is to do them quickly as we pos­si­bly can so that it has less im­pact,” said MDOT Sec­re­tary Pete K. Rahn. “We are try­ing to do our very best to pro­vide the smoothest ac­cess to peo­ple as pos­si­ble and get a project done fast so they can en­joy the ben­e­fits sooner.”

STAFF PHOTO BY JOHNATHON CLINKSCALES

Mary­land Gov. Larry Ho­gan, cen­ter, an­nounces a $115.4 mil­lion project to build a new in­ter­change over Route 210 dur­ing a press con­fer­ence held on June 15 near the in­ter­sec­tion of Kerby Hill and Liv­ingston roads in Fort Washington. The new in­ter­sec­tion is sched­uled to be com­pleted and open to driv­ers in fall 2018.

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