On Tuesday, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) made a trip to Montgomery County, as he’s done on several occasions, to speak about a new transportation project.
Appearing this time in Brookeville, Hogan, along with Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn, broke ground on the relocation of a part of Georgia Avenue in Brookeville.
The MD-97 project will realign a part of Georgia Avenue in Brookeville to accommodate increased delays and congestion along the two-lane road that cuts through the historic part of Northern Montgomery County. Construction of the project is expected to begin this month.
“In Montgomery County and all across the state, we are moving forward on nearly all of the highest-priority transportation infrastructure projects in every single jurisdiction from one corner of the state to the other,” said Hogan. “The new highway will enhance safety, reduce travel times, and preserve the historic nature of the beautiful town of Brookeville while ensuring that commuters have access to businesses, churches and recreation.”
As part of the project, the State will construct a new 0.7-mile stretch of two-lane highway. The project will cost $47.6 million, $10 million of which will come from County funds.
The new stretch of highway will be more bicycle-friendly, with bicycle-compatible shoulders north of Goldmine Road and south of Holiday Drive. State transportation officials said that when completed, the new road will be safer for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers alike.
As part of the project, the State will construct two new bridges – one at Meadow Branch Stream and the other at Reddy Branch Stream. In addition, the State will build two single-lane roundabouts.
MD-97, better known as Georgia Avenue, is an important corridor that connects Silver Spring’s border with the District of Columbia to the Pennsylvania border in Frederick County.
For years Montgomery County legislators have promised to update the road; now, with the help of State funding, the project will finally come to fruition.
Rahn said that during construction of the project, which will take about three years, drivers will need to be cautious as workers build the road.
“We ask that drivers slow down during all phases of construction for the duration of this project, as we work to build this new roadway for the Brookeville community,” said Rahn.