SUITLAND, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Gov. Martin O’Malley has announced $650 million in transportation projects in Prince George’s County.
The governor said Monday the projects will be designed to ease traffic congestion and boost jobs.
O’Malley noted the projects have been made possible by a gas tax increase that was approved in the legislative session. It is Maryland’s first gas tax increase in two decades.
The biggest item is $280 million to complete right-of-way acquisition and final design for the Purple Line, a planned 16-mile light rail line with 21 stations between Bethesda and New Carrollton.
The projects that were announced include $150 million to build a new interchange on Maryland Route 4 at Suitland Parkway. Another $100 million will be used to build an interchange on Maryland Route 210 at Kerby Hill-Livingston Road.
The projects were made possible with funding from the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013.
The projects will create about 4,000 new jobs, officials said. The nearly $650 million will be spent on the following key projects in Prince George’s County:
- $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).