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Pat­ter­son said it was slated to open in Oc­to­ber of this year, but has been pushed back.

“I don’t want to quote a time pe­riod but hope­fully, in the next sev­eral months, MGM will be in full op­er­a­tion,” he said.

In ref­er­ence to pub­lic safety, Pat­ter­son said the District 7 po­lice sta­tion is open but “didn’t come with­out some chal­lenges” as there is still a lack of ad­e­quate staff to op­er­ate the build­ing.

“We need to keep mak­ing it known that we’re not happy, we’re not sat­is­fied. We want that sta­tion fully staffed,” said Pat­ter­son.

District 7 Po­lice Sta­tion Com­man­der Ma­jor Tammy D. Spark­man said the sta­tion cur­rently has about 49 per­son­nel. Although the sta­tion hopes to get more of­fi­cers, she doubts that will hap­pen any­time soon be­cause re­cruits will be at­tend­ing a po­lice academy start­ing in late April, which lasts about nine months, so they won’t grad­u­ate un­til the end of the year in De­cem­ber. Then after grad­u­a­tion, the new re­cruits have to spend three months on the road for ad­di­tional train­ing, which will rollover into 2017, she said.

“When we say we don’t have the re­sources, it re­ally comes back down to staffing. Ev­ery district sta­tion [and] ev­ery unit is short. There’s not enough peo­ple,” Spark­man said. “We have of­fi­cers that we have to take from each district sta­tion to staff District 7 … That is the big­gest thing now while we’re try­ing to push these classes so we can start [putting back] from what we took from as well as give us more peo­ple.”

Spark­man re­as­sured res­i­dents that her staff has been work­ing hard since the sta­tion opened. From Jan. 25 to March 17, District 7 ran about 4,600 calls for ser­vice which is “a lot for two months in,” she said.

“When we look at a tour of duty, usu­ally we’re work­ing 10-hour shifts,” said Spark­man. “We’re re­spond­ing to calls for ser­vice with one sergeant and on a good day, we have five of­fi­cers. … The per­son­nel is try­ing to make the most of it as pos­si­ble. … We’re ex­cited to be down there and we wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for you all. Con­tinue to make the noise and thank you so much for that.”

SHA De­sign Project Man­ager Jason Stolicny and As­so­ciate Mark T. Roberts of Whit­man, Re­quardt and As­so­ciates (WRA) spoke to res­i­dents about the pro­posed im­prove­ments for Route 210, which is In­dian Head High­way.

SHA’s pro­posed im­prove­ments in­clude de­sign­ing and con­struct­ing a grade-sep­a­rated in­ter­change at the ex­ist­ing in­ter­sec­tion lo­ca­tion of Route 210 at Kerby Hill Road and Liv­ingston Road. Three through lanes will be main­tained on Route 210 and me­dian ramps will take traf­fic to Kerby Hill and Liv­ingston roads. There will also be a con­tin­u­ous con­crete me­dian bar­rier from I-95/I-495 to Palmer Road, plus a new ser­vice road for ac­cess to prop­er­ties along south­bound Route 210, ac­cord­ing to Stolicny.

“It’s go­ing to con­sist of a bridge of Kerby Hill/Liv­ingston Road over the In­dian Head High­way,” said Stolicny. “The Kerby Hill/Liv­ingston Road will have ac­cess to and from [Route] 210 via left-hand in­ter­change ramps. There’s go­ing to be a new sig­nal on top of the bridge for the traf­fic trav­el­ing on [those two roads]. But if you’re on 210 and you’re choos­ing to go fur­ther south or fur­ther north, you do not have to stop at that in­ter­sec­tion any­more after the project is com­plete.”

Other pro­posed im­prove­ments in­clude re­lo­cat­ing over­head and un­der­ground util­i­ties, re­mov­ing ex­ist­ing traf­fic sig­nal at Wil­son Bridge Drive, con­struct­ing noise bar­ri­ers along both sides of Route 210, pro­vid­ing bi­cy­cle ac­cess and pedes­trian ac­com­mo­da­tions on Route 210 and lo­cal streets, in­stalling drainage and stormwa­ter man­age­ment sys­tems as well as plant­ing trees and shrubs to help en­hance the cor­ri­dor, ac­cord­ing to Stolicny’s pow­erpoint pre­sen­ta­tion.

The project will cost about $120 mil­lion which in­cludes $10 mil­lion to $15 mil­lion for a right-of-way, $5 mil­lion to $10 mil­lion for util­i­ties and $95 mil­lion for fi­nal de­sign and con­struc­tion. The goal is to im­prove user safety, main­tain mo­bil­ity for all users and min­i­mize de­lays to road­way users along Route 210 from south I-495/I-95 to north of Palmer Road, Stolicny said.

“We’re cur­rently in the con­struc­tion process. We’re just work­ing through the fi­nal de­sign phase but the project has been awarded and we’re spend­ing con­struc­tion funds now that have been al­lo­cated. There’s no other hur­dles that need to oc­cur be­fore we move into true con­struc­tion,” he said. “There’s been some mi­nor on­go­ing work but in the next com­ing months, start­ing in April [or] May, we’re go­ing to start see­ing some more ex­ten­sive work, some more ex­ten­sive road­way work as well as util­ity re­lo­ca­tion work. We’re re­ally go­ing to start amp­ing up on this project.”

With a project this com­plex, Roberts said con­struc­tion must be per­formed in stages. The first ma­jor stage, which will take place over the next few months, is work along the out­side of Route 210. That work will in­clude clear­ing and cre­at­ing space for util­ity re­lo­ca­tion and crew mo­bi­liza­tion, widen­ing Route 210 to al­low for me­dian ramps, con­struct­ing noise bar­ri­ers, in­stalling drainage and stormwa­ter man­age­ment facilities and re­lo­cat­ing and restor­ing Carey Branch, he said.

“The con­struc­tion stag­ing can be chal­leng­ing and we’re work­ing through that de­sign right now,” said Roberts.

As far as the project sta­tus and sched­ule, fi­nal de­sign and util­ity re­lo­ca­tion work is un­der­way. Clear­ing ac­tiv­i­ties along Route 210 north­bound for util­ity re­lo­ca­tions have been com­pleted and all rightof-way has been ac­quired to com­plete the project. Par­tial clo­sures and de­tours of Kerby Hill Road, Liv­ingston Road and Murray Hill Drive — which have been co­or­di­nated with Prince Ge­orge’s Fire/ EMS and the Wash­ing­ton Met­ro­pol­i­tan Area Tran­sit Author­ity — will start in mid-to-late 2017 and last for one year. Ac­cess to Kerby Hill and Liv­ingston roads will be re­stricted to right-in/right-out only dur­ing this pe­riod, ac­cord­ing to Roberts.

“There will be three lanes open dur­ing peak hours at all times. Off-peak hours, which in­cludes the mid­dle of the day and then evenings, there could be lane clo­sures,” Roberts said. “You’ll be able to ac­cess Kerby Hill Road and Liv­ingston Road with a right­turn in or out.”

In ad­di­tion, Roberts said a de­sign-build con­tract has been awarded to the Con­crete Gen­eral, Inc. and WRA team. Con­struc­tion will be sub­stan­tially com­plete in the Win­ter of 2018 to 2019.

“The sum­mer of 2017 is what we’re pro­ject­ing that the out­side work would be done and [then] we would shift to the work in the mid­dle which is to build the me­dian ramps and the bridge over 210,” he said. “Some of the first con­struc­tion ac­tiv­i­ties are on­go­ing and ma­jor road­work is ex­pected to start this sum­mer.”

Pat­ter­son said some­thing must be done with Route 210 as res­i­dents need some re­lief, es­pe­cially with all the new de­vel­op­ment that is tak­ing place in the lo­cal area.

“We hope they un­der­stand that we are se­ri­ous about 210 and we want some­thing done,” said Pat­ter­son. “We’ve been preach­ing 210 for 15 years or more. It’s time up. It’s time to pro­duce.”

STAFF PHOTO BY JOHNATHON CLINKSCALES

Prince Ge­orge’s County Coun­cil­man Obie Pat­ter­son (D-District 8) speaks to res­i­dents dur­ing a “State of District 8” com­mu­nity meet­ing he hosted on March 26 at the Oxon Hill Li­brary in Oxon Hill. Over 50 res­i­dents at­tended the meet­ing and voiced their con­cerns about some is­sues within the com­mu­nity.

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