GREENBELT – Governor Larry Hogan “shocked” Prince George’s County officials when he announced that the county will need to contribute $50 million for upgrades at the highway interchange by the Greenbelt Metro station to ensure the FBI relocates here.
At the same press conference where Hogan announced he will fund the Purple Line with greater costs shifted to Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, he also announced Prince George’s will need to contribute $50 million out of a total $185 million funding for a project to upgrade the partial interchange on I-95/495 at the Greenbelt Metro station to a full interchange on
“They have to finish the interchange over there by Greenbelt to allow traffic in all directions. Right now you can only get into Greenbelt coming from Montgomery County from the Beltway,” said David Iannucci, a senior economic development advisor to County Executive Rushern Baker III. “Prince George’s County’s position is that this (contribution) is a state responsibility. There’s been no discussion (by the governor) with Prince George’s County about that being county responsibility.”
“We anticipate many conversations with our state partners on the FBI and are confident that the reference to $50 million from the county for interstate highway ramps at Greenbelt is a matter of the State not being fully aware of the County’s current commitment to infrastructure costs in support of the FBI,” Baker said.
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