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.
A Location/Design Public Hearing is scheduled for December 1, 2015 to present the findings of the studies completed to date on the Alternatives currently under consideration. (Snow date, December 14, 2015)
Location/Design Public Hearing Location:
If you are unable to attend the hearing please forward your comments within 30 days of the hearing using the Comment Card. SHA will review all comments prior to identifying a Preferred Alternative, which is expected to be identified in Winter 2015/2016.