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Gov. O’Malley Announces $650M In Transportation Plans

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SUITLAND, Md. (AP) — Gov. Martin O’Malley has announced $650 million in transportation projects in Prince George’s County.

The governor said Monday the projects will be designed to ease traffic congestion and boost jobs.

O’Malley noted the projects have been made possible by a gas tax increase that was approved in the legislative session. It is Maryland’s first gas tax increase in two decades.

The biggest item is $280 million to complete right-of-way acquisition and final design for the Purple Line, a planned 16-mile light rail line with 21 stations between Bethesda and New Carrollton.

The projects that were announced include $150 million to build a new interchange on Maryland Route 4 at Suitland Parkway. Another $100 million will be used to build an interchange on Maryland Route 210 at Kerby Hill-Livingston Road.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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