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County:Montgomery Project Number:MO224_21
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.

Click on Purpose and Need Document, June 2012 for documentation on project area conditions.

What Is Under Study:

The Montgomery Hills Project Planning Study Team Recommends Alternative 5B Modified.

The March 2019 MD 97 Montgomery Hills Planning Study Update summarizes the project purpose and need, includes a chronology of project milestones, and identifies improvements assocated with Alternative 5B Modified. The recommended alternative is similar to Alternative 5B with the Cycle Track Option, the alternative that received greatest public support at the December 1, 2015 Public Hearing. Alternative 5B Modified reflects design modifications made by the team to reduce project impacts. The refined alternative is consistent with the goals of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) Draft Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan update.

Alternative 5B Modified

Roadway Improvements

  • The inside lanes on MD 97 will be narrowed to 10’ to slow traffic and reduce impacts.
  • The existing reversible lane along MD 97 will be replaced with a raised median.
  • Left-turn lanes would added to southbound MD 97 at Forest Glen Road and Flora Lane, and to northbound MD 97 at Seminary Place.
  • The I-495 eastbound (Inner Loop) ramp to northbound MD 97 would be removed. This would eliminate the conflict between northbound MD 97 traffic heading towards the westbound I-495 exit and eastbound I-495 traffic merging onto northbound MD 97.
  • All I-495 eastbound traffic onto MD 97 will exit at the existing southbound ramp. An additional lane will be added to this ramp to allow both northbound and southbound turns onto MD 97. A new traffic signal will be introduced to control turns.
Pedestrian and Bicyclist Improvements
  • A two-way protected cycle track will be constructed on the west side of MD 97, between 16th Street and the existing bicycle/pedestrian bridge across the I-495 interchange.
  • A pedestrian crossing and new traffic signal will be located at Flora Lane to improve connectivity between residents and local businesses.
  • Sidewalks compliant with American with Disabilities Act will be provided on both sides of MD 97
Next Steps: Summer 2019
  • Final Section 4(f) approval
  • FHWA approval of Categorical Exclusion (CE)
  • Project newsletter

Project Type:

Current Phase:Design
Funded Year :2017 How much will this project cost?
Funding Source(s):State
Last Updated On : 11/22/2019
Maryland Department of Transportation
707 North Calvert Street Baltimore, Maryland 21202