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.”
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.