Cone Zone: Updates on D.C.-area work zones
In Westphalia, roadwork wears on ahead of future development
Posted by Dave Dildine/WTOP
Aug. 12, 2019Roadwork related to a new interchange near the Capital Beltway in Prince George’s County is slightly behind schedule but the state has good reason to stay on track.George, from Dunkirk, asks:“What is the status of the road construction project for the intersection of Suitland Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue? This project was approved several years ago but it seems to be moving at a snail’s pace.”As of late last month, the effort to convert the congested at-grade intersection at Suitland Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue into a diamond interchange was about 28 percent complete, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation.Plans are in motion to approve the construction of a large fulfillment center just south of this project area in Prince George's County. Whether the space is developed into a community town center, a busy warehouse or both, it's important that the increased traffic, particularly delivery trucks, be able to seamlessly enter and exit the new development.Earlier this year, the preparations for this project included the relocation of a jet fuel line for Andrews Air Force Base.The initial utility relocation for large interchange projects such as this, its proximity to a military base notwithstanding, is often time-consuming, without much obvious progress visible above ground during early phases. But according to MDOT, work has been taking place below ground for several months, including excavation for underground power lines and the installation of a 36-inch water line.In the months ahead, more physical roadwork is planned along Presidential Parkway, which may soon become the central gateway into the future development.More above-ground construction is planned in the months ahead. The left turn from the outbound Suitland Parkway onto the northbound lanes of Route 4, Pennsylvania Avenue, will be closed during the latter phases of the project.The completion date, originally slated for the end of 2020, has been nudged forward into the summer of 2021.