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County:Prince George's Project Number:PG391_16
MD 0005 BRANCH AVENUE US 301 AT TB TO AUTH ROAD (NORTH OF I-95/I-495)
Project Name:
MD 5, Branch Avenue

Location of Project:
US 301 AT TB TO AUTH ROAD (NORTH OF I-95/I-495)

Description:
Study to upgrade existing MD 5 to a multilane freeway from US 301 interchange at T.B. to north of I-95/I-495 Capital Beltway (10.5 miles). Bicycles and pedestrians will be accommodated where appropriate.
 
Scope:
Project Study Area



MD 5 is a heavily traveled commuter corridor, connecting Southern Maryland and Virginia to Washington, D.C. The purpose of the MD 5 Corridor Transportation Study is to:

  • Facilitate safe and efficient traffic flow;
  • Provide cost-effective transportation infrastructure
  • Serve and support existing and future traffic demand, land use planning, and development efforts, and;
  • Enhance and facilitate transit services.
The project is needed for the following reasons:
  • All five at-grade intersections are at capacity during either the AM or PM peak period.
  • Sections of MD 5 have crash rates that are significantly higher than the average statewide rate for similar roadways
  • By 2030, traffic volumes are expected to increase by 15% - 30% due to anticipated development in the southern portion of the study area.
For additional details, click on February 2006 Purpose and Need Report.
 
What Is Under Study:
The MD 5 Corridor Transportation Study is examining transportation improvements for the study area along approximately 10 miles of MD 5, beginning just north of the convergence of MD 5 with US 301 near Brandywine and continuing to the intersection of MD 5 with Auth Road just north of the I-95/ I-495 (Capital Beltway). Between the MD 223 interchange and the I-95 / I-495 interchange, in the northern portion of the study area, MD 5 is a six-lane divided highway with access provided at six grade-separated interchanges or ramp connections. In the southern portion of the corridor, between the US 301/MD 5 interchange and the MD 223 interchange, MD 5 is a four-lane divided highway with access provided at three at-grade signalized intersections.

Alternatives Retained for Detailed Study
The transportation study is evaluating alternatives for widening MD 5 and/or providing managed lanes, and options for constructing grade-separated interchanges to replace selected at-grade intersections. The Alternatives Retained for Detailed Study (ARDS) include six mainline alternatives and four interchange options. Maps and study results were presented at a Public Hearing on June 7, 2012. Click on the link to view June 2012 Public Hearing Display Boards. "Typical Sections" and proposed alignments may be viewed on the Maps tab.

Alternative 1 - No Build
Alternative 3 – Expressway Upgrade South of MD 223
Alternative 4 – Expressway Upgrade Entire Corridor
Alternative 5 – Two Reversible Price-Managed Lanes
Alternative 6 – One to Two Price-Managed Lanes
Alternative 8 – Non-Priced Managed Lanes

INTERCHANGE OPTIONS

Surratts Road Interchange
Option A - Grade-Separated Interchange with Surratts Road Bridging over MD 5
Option B: Diamond interchange with Surratts Road Bridging over MD 5

Moores Road/Earnshaw Drive/Burch Hill Road Interchange
Option A: Modified Diamond Grade-Separated Interchange
Option B: Modified Diamond Grade-Separated Interchange with Service Roads.


To review detailed environmental analyses completed on the alternatives, click on the April 2012 Final Environmental Assessment Report.

Next Steps:
The project team is coordinating with the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) on their Southern Maryland Rapid Transit (SMRT) Study. MTA anticipates having a Locally Preferred (Transit) Alternative (LPA) by Fall/Winter 2016. Once the LPA is selected, MDOT/SHA will determine if any design changes are needed to accommodate transit prior to selecting its "Preferred Alternative".



Project Type:
PLANNING STUDY

Current Phase:Planning
Funded Year :2005 How much will this project cost?
Funding Source(s):State/Federal
Last Updated On : 9/9/2016
 
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