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City Plans to Build More Sidewalks on Neighborhood Streets

In 2016, the City Council adopted a Complete and Green Streets Policy with the goal of making City streets safe for all users including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. City staff subsequently identified connector streets that link to Route 1, Rhode Island Avenue and key destinations.

A matrix was developed for rating and prioritizing these streets based on need and readiness, and to serve as a tool for selecting streets for funding in the City’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP). In 2019, the Planning Department applied for and received a Planning Assistance to Municipalities and Communities (PAMC) grant award from the Prince George’s County Planning Department to refine the matrix and prepare 30% design plans and cost estimates to facilitate CIP budgeting and implementation.

  1. The PAMC program worked with the City to procure the consulting firm AMT. AMT has completed fieldwork to verify existing conditions, evaluated and refined the matrix and used GIS mapping to illustrate the twelve highest rated streets using updated rating criteria. Under the terms of the contract, five street segments will be selected to proceed to 30% design. AMT, in consultation with City staff, are recommending the following:
    1. St. Andrews Place from Duke to De Pauw Place
    2. De Pauw Place from St. Andrews Place to the dead end
    3. Wellesley Drive from Edmonston Road to Sweetbriar Drive
    4. Cherokee Street from 48th Place to Rhode Island Avenue
    5. Edmonston Road from Old Calvert Road to Bryn Mawr Road

Other streets in north College Park that made the “lowest-rated streets” include

  1. 52nd Ave (between Narragansett Parkway to Huron Street)
  2. 49th Place (from Muskogee street to Hollywood Rd)
  3. Fox Street (from US Route 1 to 51st ave)
  4. Iroquois Street (from Rhode Island Ave to Davis Field Playground)
  5. Hollywood Rd (from US Route 1 to Rhode Island Ave)

On the sidewalk on Hollywood Road between Route 1 to Rhode Island Avenue project, 30% design completed. City plans to use the Safe Routes to School Grant for 100% design, which is expected to be completed by December 2020. The construction of this and other streets in north College Park is not currently scheduled.

At this week’s meeting, the Council will discuss the complete street project and will give feedback to staff prior to the final selection of street segments for 30% design.

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