Your chance to comment on road improvements [Montpelier/South Laurel]

On April 18, representatives of Prince George's County Department of Public Works and Transportation conducted a briefing on planned improvements to the intersection of Muirkirk Road at Odell Road and Cedarbrook Lane in South Laurel. Project Manager Maureen Cissel led the presentation, which took place at Montpelier Elementary School. The project, designed to improve traffic safety and flow, is the result of several years of study of the traffic patterns and accident reports at that intersection. Proposed changes include the realignment of Odell Road to meet the existing Cedarbrook Lane at Muirkirk; installation of a traffic and pedestrian signal as well as a pedestrian crossing; and construction of left and right turn lanes. Presenters indicated that there will be no right of way impact for Montpelier residents living on Cedarbrook Lane, but there will be some adjustments to properties owned by the federal government, Pepco and M-NCPPC near the new intersection. The initiation of the project is proposed for the spring of 2014 with completion in the fall of that year. Details of the plan are available at the Department of Public Works and Transportation website, Comments on the plan were solicited from the audience at the briefing and may also be submitted to the Department's Office of Project Management, 9400 Peppercorn Place, Suite 310, Largo, MD 20774. Submission of any comments is requested by May 24. Community residents should take this opportunity to become familiar with the proposed changes and to voice their opinions.

Lots of exciting things are happening at James Harrison Elementary School this spring. On Thursday, April 25, students will be gathering funds for the American Heart Association by participating in Jump Rope for Heart. They will be jumping rope in the gym and collecting pledges to benefit the charity. On Friday, May 3 from 9 to 10:30 a.m., song and dance performances by the students will be part of the May Day Celebration at the school. Parents are also invited to participate in Career Day in May, date to be announced. Those parents who are interested in discussing the duties and attractions of their careers should contact Harrison's guidance counselor Rebecca Roland at 301-497-3650.

The Laurel Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration have scheduled a Prescription Drug Take-Back Day for Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Partnership Activity Center, 811 Fifth Street. Community residents who have unused prescription drugs, which are no longer needed, can take this opportunity to safely dispose of them. Further information may be obtained from the Laurel Police Department at 301-498-0092.

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