Beltway ramp relocation won't force Arbutus animal hospital to move

The Maryland State Highway Administration's plan to relocate the ramp connecting Leeds Avenue to Interstate 695 won't require the Arbutus Veterinary Hospital to move.

But the project will affect the business, which has been at 4901 Leeds Avenue for more than 50 years.

Though final details were not available as of Aug. 6, SHA spokeswoman Fran Ward said the plans that would have had the entrance ramp to I-695 from Southwestern Boulevard directly over the hospital have been modified.

Had the ramp been constructed directly over the hospital, the hospital would have had to relocate.

The hospital's owners, Luke and Danielle Suh, declined comment for this story.

Ward said the design team could not determine exactly how much of the veterinary hospital's property and parking lot would be affected once the ramp is constructed.

She noted that the SHA plans to meet with the Suhs as the design progresses.

The two-year project has a scheduled start time of summer 2014 and is designed to reduce commuter traffic through downtown Arbutus. It will cost from $10 to $15 million.

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