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County:Prince George's Project Number:PG221_11
Project Name:
MD 210, Indian Head Highway

Location of Project:
MD 228 TO I-95/I-495

Project to relieve traffic congestion along MD 210 and improve intersections from I-95/I-495 to MD 228 (10.0 miles). Bicycles and pedestrians will be accommodated where appropriate.
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The project area lies within Prince George's County and extends approximately ten miles along MD 210 (Indian Head Highway). MD 210 connects Washington, D.C. with the Charles County town of Indian Head, approximately 20 miles south of the Prince George's County / Washington, DC line. It also connects I-95 / I-495, the District of Columbia, and Virginia to Prince George's and Charles Counties. The MGM National Harbor Resort, which opened in December 2016, is located just west of the northern project limits.

The purpose of the study is to address safety and the increasingly severe and frequent traffic congestion along this segment of MD 210 in an environmentally sensitive manner, while promoting aesthetic quality, community cohesiveness, multi-modal accessibility, and pedestrian/bicycle mobility. Within the project area, access to and from MD 210 is provided at eleven signalized intersections and some non-signalized locations. To avoid MD 210 congestion, some commuters travel on non-continuous two-lane county roadways, which run either parallel and/or cross MD 210. Because these roads were not designed to carry highway traffic, congestion occurs on the side roads. In addition, skewed angles and sharp curvature diminish traffic operations and capacity at some area intersections. Pedestrian connections and bicycle access also is lacking within the corridor.

Additional details may be viewed in the project Purpose and Need Statement included in the June 2004: MD 210 Planning Study Final Environmental Impact Statement and 4(f) Evaluation (FEIS- Chapter 1).

What Is Under Study:
The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration issued its Record of Decision, providing Location Approval of Alternative 5A Modified, on September 22, 2004. The Selected Alternative was chosen during a planning process that included significant public participation and support and consideration of many alternatives including a No-Build alternative and alternatives that would have included the construction of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes along MD 210. In response to community opposition to the widening of MD 210 to accommodate HOV Lanes along MD 210, alternatives were modified following the 2001 Public Hearing to address these concerns.

Alternative 5A Modified, developed following the Public Hearing, provides for the construction of interchanges which would include designated bike lanes and sidewalks at the following MD 210 intersections:
    Kerby Hill Road / Livingston Road
    Palmer Road / Livingston Road
    Old Fort Road North
    Fort Washington Road
    Swan Creek Road / Livingston Road
    Old Fort Road South
While widening along MD 210 is not proposed to accommodate HOV Lanes at this time, overpasses are to be constructed in a manner that would not preclude improvements to MD 210 in the future. MD 210 would maintain three through lanes in each direction (plus auxiliary lanes at the interchanges), which would generally coincide with the existing roadway pavement, between the interchanges.

At the Wilson Bridge Drive intersection, the signal would be removed and the median closed, restricting that location to right turning vehicles only. A new connection would be provided from the Wilson Bridge Drive communities to Kerby Hill Road to allow additional access to MD 210 using the proposed interchange.

Project Type:

Current Phase:Planning
Funded Year :1997 How much will this project cost?
Funding Source(s):State/Federal
Last Updated On : 4/25/2018


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