Improvements Include Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Features
The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will begin construction this month on a three-year, $29 million project to improve safety and operations for motorists, bicyclist and pedestrians along US 1 (Baltimore Avenue) from College Avenue/Regents Drive to MD 193 (University Boulevard) in College Park. This 1.4-mile project also supports revitalization and traffic relief along this highly traveled stretch of US 1. Construction is scheduled to begin after Memorial Day.
“It’s been a top priority of our administration to keep this critical US 1 improvement project on track for commuters, University of Maryland students and those who live and do business in College Park,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “This project will not only produce a safer, more attractive and less congested US 1, but will spur economic development and recovery in one of the region’s most important corridors.”
Planned improvements include:
- widening lanes to provide two lanes in each direction and auxiliary lanes that transition into turn lanes and adding a raised median,
- adding intersection lighting,
- roadway resurfacing and landscaping,
- adding a five-foot wide bicycle lane on each side of US 1,
- improving sidewalks and crosswalk ramps to Americans with Disability Act (ADA) compliance,
- upgrading drainage and stormwater management facilities and relocating utilities, and
- adding signage and pavement markings.
“We’re bringing an improved US 1 to the thousands who use this corridor to access schools, businesses and recreational facilities every day,” said MDOT SHA Acting Administrator Tim Smith. “This project incorporates MDOT SHA’s innovative Context Driven design elements, such as continental crosswalks and dedicated bicycle lanes, to help enhance safety for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians.”
This project was first announced in June 2015 as part of the Hogan’s Administration’s $1.97 billion investment in roads and bridges. Carrying more than 38,000 vehicles per day, US 1 is a major north-south artery located in the City of College Park in Prince George’s County and the gateway to the University of Maryland.
“This US 1 improvement project is a tremendous example of what we can accomplish when we bring innovative ideas to the table and work closely with communities, residents, experts and local officials,” said Transportation Secretary Gregory Slater. “When completed and tied together with the Purple Line rail system that will come through the University of Maryland campus, College Park will be a model for Maryland’s vision for safe and efficient multi-modal access and mobility.