Traffic Planning Study for Route 245 in Leonardtown Underway

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Feb. 23, 2010)—A Traffic Planning Study is underway for the Rte. 245 corridor in Leonardtown. This project is jointly sponsored by the Town of Leonardtown, St. Mary's County Government, College of Southern Maryland and St. Mary's Hospital.

Several traffic engineering and consulting firms attended a pre-bid meeting on Nov. 16 at the town office. Twelve proposals were received by the Dec. 15 deadline and Desman Associates was chosen by the qualification team and awarded the contract Feb. 10.

The study will have three components: Turning and Traffic Counts, Neighborhood Wide Traffic Impact Study, and Analysis of Proposed Future Development Impacts. The study will include recommendations for improvements including pedestrian, traffic flow and connectivity and will be complete in 60 days from contract award.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by The Board of County Commissioners for St. Mary's County and the other stakeholders at a Board of County Commissioners meeting earlier this month. The cost of the traffic study will be $22,935 and will be shared equally by all four stakeholders. The St. Mary's County Government will fund its share of $5,733.75 from budgeted funds in the Transportation Plan.

Source: St. Mary's County Government

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