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County:Montgomery Project Number:MO224_11
Project Name:
MD 97, Georgia Ave.

Location of Project:

Forest Glen Road to 16th. Street. The MD 97 Montgomery Hills project will evaluate safety and accessibility issues on MD 97. Sidewalks and wide curb lanes to accommodate bicycles will be included where appropriate.
Project Area Map

The purpose of the MD 97 Montgomery Hills Project Planning Study is to establish a balanced approach to transportation within the MD 97 (Georgia Avenue) corridor, by evaluating existing vehicular, pedestrian, and bicyclist mobility and safety, while accommodating proposed transit enhancements and establishing a sense of place within the Montgomery Hills community.

The current mix of local and regional (commuter) traffic, coupled with the existing roadway design and sidewalk conditions, creates an automobile-dominated environment that is not always conducive to other modes of transportation. As a result, local business accessibility, pedestrian accessibility, bicycle connectivity, and transit use have become major challenges within the project area.

A Purpose and Need Workshop held March 13, 2012 provided the public with an opportunity to review technical documentation of environmental and traffic data and provide comment. Click on Purpose and Need Document, June 2012 for documentation on project area conditions.

What is under study:

The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) has completed detailed engineering and environmental studies on improvement Alternatives developed to meet the project's purpose and need. A Newsletter distributed in the Fall of 2014, explained the reasons these Alternatives, referred to as "Alternatives Retained for Detailed Study" (ARDS), were retained and why other Alternatives previously under review, were dropped from consideration. Click MD 97 Montgomery Hills Project Planning Study Newsletter, Fall 2014 to view explanation.

Public Hearing Comment Period Extends through December 31, 2015
A Location/Design Public Hearing was held on December 1, 2015 at the Montgomery Blair High School. Approximately 125 people attended the hearing. Displays providing a summary of the project purpose and need, map alternatives, traffic analysis and project impacts were available for review preceeding a formal presentation. Click on link to view Public Hearing Display Boards. Comments received by December 31, 2015 will be included in the project record. Los comentarios recibidos al 31 de diciembre 2015, se incluyen en el expediente del proyecto. Links to the Public Hearing Brochures, Mapping Packets and comment cards are available in English and Spanish below:

A brief description of the Alternatives and Options under study is provided below. Click on the map links to view alignments. Typical cross-sections are shown at the base of each map.

Alternative 1: No-Build

  • No major improvements;

  • Provides baseline for comparison to other alternatives

Alternative 2: Transportation System Management/Transportation Demand Management (TSM/TDM)
  • Transit Signal Priority (TSP) – Alters signal timing to allow buses to more easily pass through an intersection without stopping

  • Queue Jumps- short additional lanes that allow approaching buses to move to the front of through traffic on a green light,at signalized intersections

  • Access Consolidation– Reduces the number of access points, to reduce conflicts with turning vehicles

  • Sidewalks compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act standards, on both sides of Georgia avenue, with grass buffer where space allows

  • Wide outside lanes accommodate on-road bicycle use

Alternative 3: Master Plan
  • Raised median with left turn lanes

  • Columbia Boulevard closed at Seminary Road intersection

  • Corwin Drive closed to create additional parking

  • Potential new traffic signal at Flora Lane

  • Realigns Seminary Road at MD 97

  • Wide sidewalks on both sides of Georgia avenue compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act standards

  • Median refuge area at crosswalks

  • On-road bicycles directed to county road network

Alternative 5: Four Lanes Southbound (SB) and Three to Four Lanes Northbound (NB)
  • Raised median with left-turn lanes

  • Columbia Boulevard closed at Seminary Road intersection

  • Southbound 16th Street ramp relocated to signalized intersection with northbound 16th Street

  • Sidewalks on both sides of Georgia Avenue compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act standards, with grass buffer where space allows

  • Median refuge area at crosswalks

  • Wide outside lanes accommodate on-road bicycle use

  • Closed southbound 16th Street ramp becomes bicycle pedestrian path

Alternative 5 with Flora Lane Intersection Improvements: Includes Alternative 5 features above, plus:
  • Flora Lane would be shifted south to intersect with the existing shopping center entrance

  • Left turns would be permitted onto Flora Lane

  • Intersection would include pedestrian crosswalks

Alternative 5 with Cycle Track:" Includes Alternative 5 with Flora Lane Intersection Improvements, plus:
  • Two-way cycle track would be located on the west side of Georgia Avenue, from pedestrian bridge to southbound 16th Street ramp bicycle facility

  • Bicycle traffic separated from motorized traffic with three-foot-wide buffer

  • Bicycle lanes would be four-foot-wide in each direction

  • At southbound 16th Street ramp, the cycle track ends and on-road bicycle lanes would be provided on both sides of Georgia Avenue, to the intersection with northbound 16th Street

Additional project background may be found on the Documents tab and Maps tab.

Associated Projects not managed by SHA:
Forest Glen Passageway Feasibility Study

Project Type:

Current Phase:Planning
Funded Year :2011 How much will this project cost?
Funding Source(s):State
Last Updated On : 5/5/2016


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