New interchange to lessen traffic congestion in 2018
‘Hogan says $115 million road funding will ‘break a major bottleneck’
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 continu- ing 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 right-in/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 inter- change 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.”
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.
Two signs show what the new intersection will look like as well as a list of the $923 million in highway funds that the Hogan administration will deliver for Prince George’s County during fiscal year 2016-2021.