Glenn Dale Citizens Association
P.O. Box 235
Glenn Dale, Maryland 20769
Henry Wixon, President
January 10, 2005
Charlie K. Watkins, P.E.
Maryland State Highway Administration
District 3 Office
9300 Kenilworth Avenue
Greenbelt MD 20770
Dear Mr. Watkins:
With increasing traffic and possible declines in the funds available for new road construction, it is particularly important for the state to use the existing road network as efficiently as possible, both to keep traffic moving and to keep the roads as safe as possible. In and around Glenn Dale, there are a number of intersections where questionable or obsolete lane striping on state roads impedes traffic or creates a possible road hazard. Repainting the lanes would be very cost-effective.
We suggest that the lanes be restriped to reflect the reality of the traffic flow. We see two ways of doing so. The best way would probably be for the right lane of Md-564 to serve right turns onto both PG Parkway and I-95 North; the center lane of Md-564 could feed into the right through lane of Md-450 and thus serve I-95 South, and the left lane of Md-564 would feed into the center and left lanes of Md-450. This approach would stop both types of lane changes from cars coming from Md-564; we do not know whether it would affect the traffic coming from Whitfield Chapel road on Md-450. Another possibility would be for the right lane of Md-564 to continue to be an exit only lane onto PG Parkway, and the center lane of Md-564 being painted onto the right through lane of Md-450, which would enable that lane to convey traffic from Md-564 to I-95 in either direction, with the left lane of Md-564 again feeding into the center and left lane of Md-450.
3. On Glenn Dale Rd (MD-953) near the Glenn Dale Elementary School, a cross walk is painted between the day care center and Jim Titus' long gravel driveway at 6718 Glenn Dale Rd. This leads some people to assume that the gravel driveway is a public thoroughfare--not a safe assumption given the blind corner on that driveway and the bushes that line it. If the crosswalk was moved 15 feet to the south, it would connect the daycare center to the school parking lot.
4. On MD 564, at the new entrance to the Eastgate Shopping Center, a left turn lane needs to be painted for cars traveling north. We are glad to see that part of the right shoulder has been painted as a right turn lane for cars traveling southbound.
We hope you can make these cost-effective improvements in the next several months. If you have any questions about our concerns, please feel free to call me at 202-942-8459 (Henry.Wixon@haledorr.com ) or have your staff contact Jim Titus at 202-343-9307 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you for all your efforts to move traffic in Prince George’s County.
Cc: Senator Leo Greene
Del. Mary A. Conroy
Del. James W. Hubbard
Del. Marvin E. Holmes