Good news! The SHA is telling now that the “Do Not Block the intersection” boxes will be installed at both Edgewood Rd and Cherry Hill Rd intersections on Route 1 this month (in October 2018). Also, a crosswalk will be installed for the west leg of the US 1 and Cherry Hill Road Intersection (by Spring 2019). Thank you for your patience and advocacy.

Representatives from the State Highway Administration (SHA) will talk more about this project at tomorrow’s City Council meeting when they will come and give an annual update of the existing SHA projects in the city. The representatives will also provide an update on the following projects as well.

(a) Rhode Island Ave and Greenbelt Rd (MD 430) Intersection:
The City requested SHA evaluate the installation of medians at the Greenbelt Rd (MD 430) / Rhode Island Ave intersection to further calm traffic and provide refuge areas for those crossing Greenbelt Rd. This would eliminate the pedestrian and bicyclist crash pattern at the access for the College Park Trolley Trail.

The project proposes to install medians along MD 430 from west of Rhode Island Avenue to west of MD 193 (University Boulevard). Additionally, small sidewalk improvements are needed to address the permanent closure of the south leg of Rhode Island Avenue.

Currently, the project is in design with an anticipated completion date of Spring 2019. Construction will be completed under an Areawide Geometric Construction during Summer 2019.

(b) Rhode Island Ave and University Blvd (MD 193):
A traffic study was completed and the current configuration does not have the capacity to support the vehicles traveling thru the intersection.

The proposed improvements will extend the left turn lane of eastbound MD 193 by 200’, provide an additional thru lane on westbound MD 193, and extend the southbound right turn lane on Rhode Island Avenue by 300’.

The project is currently in design and is anticipated to be complete Summer 2019. The project is funded for design only.

(c) Beltway Widening Project: The project will include improvements for over 70 miles of interstate in Maryland including: I-495 (Capital Beltway) from south of the American Legion Bridge over the Potomac River to east of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and I-270 (Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Highway) from I-495 to I-70, including the east and west I-270 spurs.