BOWIE – The Bowie city council has heard the outcry of the citizens who deal with heavy traffic and road damage on a daily basis. Residents can expect much needed road improvements to be completed as soon as 2016-2017. The city of Bowie staff reviewed updated information and studies regarding improvements and enhancements to the […]
BOWIE – The Bowie city council has heard the outcry of the citizens who deal with heavy traffic and road damage on a daily basis. Residents can expect much needed road improvements to be completed as soon as 2016-2017.
The city of Bowie staff reviewed updated information and studies regarding improvements and enhancements to the city’s transit service. Routes MD 197 and MD 450 have both moved up on the priority list for Prince George’s County road improvements and after the completion of project planning by the Bowie city staff, the city council will submit a letter of request for funding the design and engineering for route MD 3.
Bowie city councilman Isaac C. Trouth said the repairs for MD 301 are in the budget for this year and construction will begin in Spring 2016.
“I am not satisfied with the presumed construction date so I am pushing to get construction for that route happening faster. MD 197 and MD 214 Central Ave. are terrible,” Trouth said.
Bowie city manager David Deutsch agreed with Trouth’s statement, but feels the same compulsory repairs are needed in other areas of the city as well.
“The roadways to Bowie are in terrible condition and it will take some lobbying with the Senator and county executives to get these projects finished sooner,” Deutsch said. “We can’t wait three years for Route MD 197 and MD 214 Central Ave. to be finished.”
Bowie city councilman Dennis Brady had some concerns about what roads should be made a priority while lobbying the issue with the State Highway Administration.
“There are more projects than there is money available at this time and that’s what I was talking about when I mentioned prioritizing,” Brady said.
Each year, the City Council conducts an overview of the State’s Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP) and County Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for the purposes of establishing the City’s Transportation Priority Listing. The city’s priorities are communicated to state and county officials as early input to the next year’s budget cycle.
A typical project in the CTP will go through four distinct stages such as are project planning, design and engineering, right-of-way acquisition, and construction. The second step is to determine necessary improvements that are required for the construction of a project, such as identifying various activities or wetlands mitigation. The final stages of the city project include design and engineering and right-of-way acquisition and construction.
“The city is slowly moving in the right direction of road improvements,” Brady said. “The residents keep asking why the projects aren’t moving faster but when you have limited resources, you have to prioritize the projects that are severely needed. Governor Bridge Road is closed and has been condemned so that impacts a lot of people.”
The issue with route 301, Brady said, is that the morning and evening rush hour commute is “extremely bad.” Brady does not use 301 in the evening, he said, because the backup goes to Excalibur Road and the Pointer Ridge traffic light.
The cost for reconstruction is $350 million, Brady said, and the state does not have the capacity to fulfill that in the near future. SHA will have a public meeting later this fall, he said, to discuss construction preparations.
“Most of these projects the city council has have been in the works for 10-15 years and a lot of these bigger projects are well intended but not in the budget,” Brady said.
Other city transportation priorities for the year 2015-2016 in the Bowie area include projects such as US 50 to MD 193 and MD 564 to MD 214 interchange project that is currently being put on hold until more funding is available. The city will need to request additional funding for sidewalk projects in Old Town Bowie, Old Laurel Bowie Road, Chestnut Avenue and Duckettown Road.
On Sept. 10, the community association of South Bowie will have a meeting to encourage residents to begin a letter writing campaign to Senator Douglas J.J. Peters to expedite the city road improvement and transit process.