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.
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, 2015A 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