O'Malley: Maryland to Invest Nearly $650M in Improving P.G. Transportation
WI Web Staff | 7/9/2013, 5 p.m.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Monday a multimillion transportation project for Prince George's County that he said will create jobs, reduce traffic congestion and improve pedestrian safety.
"This past legislative session, we made the better choices to invest in the future of Maryland's transportation network, allowing us to create more than 57,200 jobs for our hardworking families and rebuild our State's infrastructure," O'Malley said. "Today, we are pleased to announce projects in Prince George's County that will create 4,000 jobs, reduce traffic congestion and improve pedestrian safety. Together, we can build the sustainable 21st Century transportation network that a modern economy requires."
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. and Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III joined O'Malley and other federal and local officials to announce the projects, which were made possible by funding from the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013, which allows Maryland to activate long-term strategies to invest in Maryland's transportation systems.
Among the nearly $650 million in key projects for Prince George's County are:
$100 million to construct an interchange on MD 210 (Indian Head Highway) at Kerby Hill-Livingston Road;
$50 million to improve access to the Branch Avenue Metro Station by constructing a new pedestrian bridge over MD 5 and a new metro access road (Woods Way) with sidewalks from MD 5 to the Branch Avenue Metro Station and by upgrading existing roadways to include additional turn lanes and sidewalks;
$7 million to design a full interchange, to upgrade the existing partial interchange, on I-95/I-495 at the Greenbelt Metro Station;
$150 million to construct a new interchange on MD 4 at Suitland Parkway;
$20 million to purchase right-of-way for a bicycle, pedestrian and safety improvements along US 1 from College Avenue to MD 193 in College Park;
$280 million to complete right-of-way acquisition and final design for the Maryland National Capital Purple Line; and
$26 million to construct pedestrian/bicycle safety improvements and enhance community revitalization efforts along State roadways in Prince George's County, including:
$9 million to construct improvements along MD 5 (Branch Avenue) and MD 637 (Naylor Road) near the Naylor Road Metro Station (sidewalks, medians, resurfacing, pedestrian lighting and signal upgrades);
$6 million to construct improvements along MD 201 (Kenilworth) from Kenilworth Tower to MD 410 (sidewalks, bicycle lane, pedestrian improvements); and
$11 million to construct improvements along MD 500 (Queens Chapel Road) from MD 208 to MD 410 (sidewalks, crosswalks and traffic "calming" upgrades to slow down traffic).
"Prince George's County has long needed major infrastructure investments and these projects will finally give us the opportunity to make the most out of the economic development and other opportunities in our County," Miller said. " I look forward to seeing the long-term benefits of these projects for Prince George's County and our entire state."
Baker thanked the governor for the investment, which he said will be an "excellent stimulus" for the county's economy.
"These infrastructure projects will be the game changers that will create jobs, lead to better transit oriented development, alleviate traffic congestion and improve public safety," he said.