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County:Montgomery Project Number:MO224_11
Project Name:
MD 97, Georgia Avenue

Location of Project:

This project will evaluate MD 97 safety and accessibility in Montgomery Hills, between MD 192 and MD 390. Bicycle and pedestrian accommodations 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:

Comments received at the Location/Design Public Hearing held at Montgomery Blair High School on December 1, 2015, are under review. Approximately 125 attended the hearing. Displays providing information on project background, traffic analysis and maps of alternatives were available for review preceding a formal presentation. Click on links to view Public Hearing Display Boards and the MD 97 Montgomery Hills Project Planning Public Hearing Transcript. Links to the Public Hearing Brochures, Mapping Packets and comment cards are displayed English and Spanish below.

Alternatives and Options Maps Click on the Maps tab to view maps and descriptions of the Alternatives presented at the Public Hearing:

  • Alternative 1 - No-Build
  • Alternative 2 - Transportation System Management/Transportation Demand Management (TSM/TDM)
  • Alternative 3 - Master Plan
  • Alternative 5 - Four Lanes Southbound (SB) and Three to Four Lanes Northbound (NB)
  • Alternative 5 with Option B - Flora Lane Intersection
  • Alternative 5 with Cycle Track
Next Steps: The project team continues to evaluate the alternatives presented at the December 2015 Public Hearing and expects to identify a "Preferred Alternative" in Fall 2017.

Funding: The project is currently funded by Montgomery County for project planning only. If SHA selects a build alternative that receives Location and Design Approval from the Federal Highway Administration and SHA, the project may become eligible for Final Design, Right-of-Way Acquistion, and Construction funding.

Project History: Since the MD 97 Montgomery Hills Project Planning Study commenced in 2011, there has been active community involvement in the planning process. To view displays, maps, and technical documentation presented to the public during the course of the planning study click on the Documents 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 : 7/12/2017


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