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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 link to view Public Hearing Display Boards. A transcript of the hearing and comments received by the close of hearing comment period, December 31, 2015, will be included in the project record. Links to the Public Hearing Brochures, Mapping Packets and comment cards are displayed below in English and Spanish.

Alternatives and Options Maps Click on the Maps tab for links to maps and descriptions of Alternatives and Options presented at the Public Hearing, listed below:

  • 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: SHA plans to identify a "Preferred Alternative" for the project by late Winter 2016. A final environmental document summarizing the project will be drafted in Spring 2016. The project team expects the project planning phase of the project to be complete in Summer 2016.

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 : 8/30/2016


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