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County:Prince George's Project Number:PG949_11
MD 0201 EX KENILWORTH AVENUE I-95 TO NORTH OF MUIRKIRK ROAD

Frequently Asked Questions


Q:

What improvements are proposed for US 1?

A:

US 1 currently operates as a four to five-lane, divided/undivided roadway and is classified as an urban-other principle arterial. The improvements proposed for US 1 include widening US 1 to six-lanes, providing medians (where possible), bicycle lanes, sidewalks, as well as intersection improvements.

 
Q:

How will this project address issues regarding congestion along US 1?

A:

In addition to the proposed widening, the project proposes intersection improvements along US 1 to include turn lanes, additional traffic signals or modifications to existing traffic signal phasing where possible. Medians and bicycle lanes are also being proposed for the project.

 
Q:

What improvements are proposed for MD 201?

A:

MD 201 currently operates as a two-lane, two-way undivided roadway and is classified as an urban-other principle arterial. The proposed improvements to MD 201 include either (or) widening/relocating parts of the roadway to four-lanes, providing a 16-foot outside lanes for bicyclists, landscaping, sidewalks, as well as intersection improvements. The proposed new alignment avoids the Indian Creek and Vansville communities, however, does impact the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC).

 
Q:

What are the impacts to businesses within the study area?

A:

Some businesses along US 1, as well as the BARC property along MD 201 have been identified as being potentially impacted by alternatives.

 
Q:

What are the residential impacts within the study area?

A:

Some residences along MD 201 have been identified as being potentially impacted by the alternatives.

 
Q:

Is transit being considered for the project?

A:

There are no transit options included in the project.

 
Q:

Will pedestrian access be included in the project?

A:

The alternatives developed for the project do include providing sidewalk for pedestrian access along various sections of both US 1 and MD 201.

 
Q:

Will bicycle compatibility/access be included in the project?

A:

The alternatives developed for the project include providing a 16-foot outside lane to accommodate bicyclist along parts of both US 1 and MD 201.

 
Q:

What impacts will the ICC and the Konterra development have on the project?

A:

Currently, the proposed interchange of the ICC with Virginia Manor Road only provides for Virginia Manor Road to access the ICC to and from the west. This direct tie-in connection to the ICC would add the additional movements to and from the east to the ICC/Virginia Manor Road Interchange. Also included as part of this ICC tie-in connection are the improvements on the west side of US 1 north of Muirkirk Road that were included with Alternative 4 and Alternative 5 West. These improvements include the extension of Virginia Manor Road to connect to the proposed Contee Road Interchange and the Van Dusen Road improvements up to Cherry Lane and a
T-intersection with the Virginia Manor Road extension.

 
Q:

What is the status of Prince George’s County’s Master Plan A-56 alignment?

A:

Prince George’s County is currently updating the Master Plan, which was revised due to environmental impacts. The updated master plan alignment is consistent with improvements proposed with the US 1/MD 201 Project Planning Study, but has a 6-lane typical section on MD 201.

 
Q:

I received a letter from SHA requesting access onto my property. What does this mean?

A:

During the course of the planning study, the project team may be required to collect specific field data and (or) assessments to identify the environmental features on properties within the study area. SHA is bound by the Annotated Code of Maryland to contact all such property owners of this matter. Property owners have the right to deny or approve access of SHA personnel onto private property.

SHA personnel are required to carry official identification cards and are required to display them upon request. Although letters are sent out to everyone within the study area, it is quite possible that no one will need entry onto your property. There are cases in which a property may be quite a distance from the proposed alignments (i.e., a watershed which extends well beyond the project limits). State and federal agencies allow SHA to compensate for impacts to the watershed in which the impact occurs.

 
Q:

What public outreach efforts have the project team undertaken to date?

A:

Since the project was re-initiated 2006, the project team has conducted two Focus Group meetings, and met with representatives of the City’s of Greenbelt, College Park and Laurel. An Informational Public Meeting was conducted on May 15, 2008 at the Beltsville Elementary School.

 
Q:

Is the US 1/MD 201 funded beyond planning?

A:

No, the project is funded to complete Project Planning only.

 


 
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