By Melanie Dzwonchyk, firstname.lastname@example.org
1:02 PM EDT, July 9, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley this week announced nearly $650 million in transportation investments for Prince George's County that he said will create 4,000 jobs, reduce traffic congestion and improve pedestrian safety.
The projects will be funded from the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act of 2013, which allows the state to activate long-term strategies to invest in Maryland's transportation systems.
According to information released by the state, project funding includes: $100 million to construct an interchange on Route 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 Route 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 Interstate-95/Interstate-495 at the Greenbelt Metro Station; $150 million to construct a new interchange on Route 4 at Suitland Parkway; $20 million to purchase right-of-way for bicycle, pedestrian and safety improvements along Route 1 from College Avenue to Route 193 in College Park; and $280 million to complete right-of-way acquisition and final design for the Maryland National Capital Purple Line.
In addition, funding was set at $26 million to construct pedestrian/bicycle safety improvements and enhance community revitalization efforts along state roadways in Prince George's County, Route 5 (Branch Avenue) and Route 637 (Naylor Road) near the Naylor Road Metro Station; Route 201 (Kenilworth) from Kenilworth Tower to Route 410; and Route 500 (Queens Chapel Road) from Route 208 to Route 410.
County Executive Rushern Baker III thanked O'Malley for announcing the transportation funding, saying the funding "will provide an excellent stimulus towards Prince George's County becoming the economic engine of the Washington region and the state of Maryland."
The project funding was also lauded by state and federal elected officials.
The Maryland Department of Transportation's draft six-year transportation budget will be published on Sept. 3. This budget, known as the Consolidated Transportation Program, will be posted on MDOT's website at mdot.maryland.gov.