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Status of the SHA Projects in and around College Park

Representatives from the State Highway Administration (SHA) are expected to come to this week’s Council meeting and make a presentation about the current SHA projects in College Park. The SHA has also sent and overview of the projects ahead of the meeting.

1. I-495 Inner Loop / US 1 Ramp Safety and Spot Improvement Project

Description: The proposed improvements include the removal of the I-495 inner loop to US 1 northbound exit ramp. This will eliminate the weaving movement at the collector-distributor for vehicles entering and exiting I-495. The US 1 southbound exit ramp will incorporate left turn movements to compensate for the removal of the US 1 northbound exit ramp.
Status: The roadway design of the selected alternative was recently completed and drainage/SWM design is underway. Concept Review approval is expected by April 2017. The project is currently funded for design only.

2. US 1 from South Gate of University of Maryland (Regents Drive) to Sunnyside Avenue
Description: The proposed improvements include roadway widening along US 1, with two 11-foot inside travel lanes and a four-foot bicycle compatible shoulder in each direction to accommodate on-street bicyclists for Segments 2 and 3.
Status: Project planning was completed in November 2005. The US 1 Corridor improvements were broken into 3 project segments to facilitate implementation: Segment 1 – College Avenue to MD 193; Segment 2 – MD 193 to Hollywood Road; and Segment 3 – Hollywood Road to I-95 / I-495. Segment 1 (PG624_21), is fully funded for construction. Final design, right-of-way acquisition and construction phases for Segments 2 and 3 will proceed as funds become available.

3. I-95/I-495 Greenbelt Metro Access

Description: The proposed improvements include the construction of a full I-95/I-495 (Capital Beltway) interchange at Greenbelt Metro Station which will accommodate all movements and auxiliary lanes that extend from the proposed interchange to MD 201. Currently, access to Greenbelt Metro Station is only available from southbound I-95/I-495 and access from Greenbelt Metro Station is only available to northbound I-95/I-495.
Status: The project advertised in September 2015 as a Construction Management at Risk (CMAR) procurement process to aid in the development of the design, reduce costs and save time on construction. The GSA is anticipated to announce of the selection of the new site of the FBI headquarters in March 2017. The project is currently in design and is 85% complete. Final Review is expected to be held in April 2017 and construction is anticipated to start in the fall of 2017. The project is expected to be complete by the fall of 2020.

4. US 1 from College Avenue/Regents Drive to MD 193 Project
Description: The proposed improvements include roadway widening along US 1, with two 11-foot inside travel lanes and a four-foot bicycle compatible shoulder in each direction to accommodate on-street bicyclists. In addition, the existing five-lane section between Lakeland Road and MD 193 will be converted to a four-lane section with a raised landscaped median, varying in width between 6 and 16 feet. Turn lanes will be maintained at each intersection. All sidewalks, pedestrian ramps, driveway entrances and bicycle facilities will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Status: Design is approximately 90% complete and the right-of-way acquisition process is underway. The team is working on getting SWM approval and utility coordination. We expect utilities to start relocations this summer and anticipate a NTP date of 10/8/2018 for construction. The estimated open to traffic date is December 2021. The project is funded for design, right-of-way, utilities, and construction.

5. Sidewalk Project along east and west side US 1 from Cherokee Street to I 495/95
Status SHA’s Innovative Contracting Division is working with three remaining property owners to obtain Right-of-Entry Permits – Kubota, Azteca and the Animal Hospital. Construction can begin as soon as the remaining entry permits are obtained. ICD may be willing to adjust project limits to facilitate construction.

6. MD 430 at Rhode Island Avenue – Safety Improvements
Project design is complete. Will be constructed before the end of FY 2017.

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2 Comments to “Status of the SHA Projects in and around College Park”

  1. By DAK4Blizzard, February 18, 2017 @ 6:54 pm

    Regarding the I-95/I-495 Greenbelt Metro Access project: Do you know if the timeline and approval will be dependent on whether the GSA decides to relocate the FBI to Greenbelt? I think it’ll be a useful project regardless of where the FBI ends up.

    I recall the I-495 Inner Loop / US 1 Ramp Project has a *tentative* timeline to begin in 2019. I hope it will be prioritized by the SHA, as it really is a safety issue for both drivers and pedestrians, not to mention a merging issue during rush hour.

  2. By Fazlul Kabir, February 18, 2017 @ 10:12 pm

    These are good questions. We’ll ask and find out at the next week’s meeting, where the SHA reps are expected to come and update us with the projects.