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Route 1 to Get Millions for Redevelopment

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The Route 1 will get 8.8 million dollars for repair work. The State High Commission is set to grant this founding for this repair work.

According to SHA’s website, the funds will be spent to improve the portion of Route 1 from the Sunnyside Avenue and South Gate of UMd (Regents Drive). Sidewalks and wide curb lanes will be included where appropriate.

On July 20, The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board will review whether $8 to $9 million of federal money can be reprogrammed to fund the first phase of the engineering stage of the Route 1 overhaul — a project which will eventually total up to $100 to $120 million, according to the Diamondback.

The Route 1 in north College Park will have to wait for at least 3 years to have its own share of redevelopment. According to the Gazette, College Park’s planner Terry Schum said “this is the first of three phases; this first phase will cover between College Avenue and University Boulevard East.”

The design and engineering aspect is expected to take about three years, Schum said. The redevelopment in the second and third phases will include repaving the road, adding sidewalks, bike lanes, a median and landscaping. Funding will still need to be secured for those phases, Schum said.

Since 1992, 12 people have been killed on Route 1, which lacks sidewalks on some parts of the road.

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