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City and County to Work On the Transfer of Rhode Island Ave in North College Park

City investment in two major projects along Rhode Island Avenue, namely the Hollywood Streetscape Project
and Rhode Island Avenue Buffered Bike Lane Project, prompted a discussion with Prince George’s County
Department of Public Works and Transportation about the transfer of the road from the County to the City. It
was anticipated that City control of Rhode Island Avenue would facilitate implementation of current and future
projects.
Negotiations have resulted in a proposed Road Transfer Agreement (Attachment 1). The salient terms are:
• The County will prepare a quitclaim deed that conveys Rhode Island Avenue between Paducah Road
and Greenbelt Road (MD 430).
• The City will accept ownership, to the extent transferable by the County, jurisdiction and regulatory
authority over, and maintenance of, the road including all streetlights, traffic signs, bus shelters, the
traffic signal and related equipment at the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue and Edgewood Road,
and the storm water management quality facility at the southwest corner of Rhode Island Avenue and
Edgewood Road.
• The County will resurface the road between University Boulevard (MD 193) and Muskogee Street and
Niagara Road and Paducah Road on or before November 30, 2021 and restripe the road between MD
193 and Muskogee Street in accordance with plans provided by the City.
• The County will continue to be responsible for the repair, maintenance and replacement of any existing
storm drain system in the road, with the exception of the referenced storm water management water
quality facility.
• The County will provide a copy of all maintenance and warranty records for the appurtenances within the
road and technical assistance, as needed, for one year following the transfer.
• Maryland State Highway Administration user funds for the road will be allocated to the City beginning
July 1 of the year following the date of transfer.
• The effective date of transfer of the road to the City will be upon conveyance and City acceptance of a
quitclaim deed.
Because the transfer includes certain ownership rights, the deed should be approved by an Ordinance.
Fiscal Impact:
The Public Works Director and City Engineer have reviewed the proposed Agreement and indicated that
traffic signal maintenance is estimated to be $20,000/year, resurfacing will be needed every 20

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