The $2.3 million would be used for design, right-of-way or construction of intersection improvements on major base access routes, including Suitland Parkway. The money would also help pay for bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements.
One would hope that means a continuation of the Suitland Parkway Trail into Maryland, but probably not since the PG County BRAC Action Plan doesn't mention bicycles once and includes only one pedestrian project which is to install 8 LED pedestrian signal lights on base. This is too bad since the goal is to target low cost projects.
For upgraded and additional transportation, the Maryland Department of Transportation will target low-cost projects with a short time frame—such as intersection improvements and additional lines of direct transit bus and train service—allowing projects to be completed when employee relocations have finished by September 2011.
Around NNMC, some of the bike facilities to be developed are tied to the county's share of the $9.7 million intersection improvement grant, while others are paid for with the county's share of the $300 million transportation grant. Where SHA is rebuilding an intersection, they're committed to adding the bike facilities identified in Montgomery County's Countywide Bikeways Functional Master Plan for that intersection. In fact, on Jones Bridge Road they're adding in a sidepath that isn't in the Master Plan.
Prince George's County only has its share of the $9.7 million to work with. It's unclear which of ten identified intersections will be rebuilt, but it doesn't appear that any of them will include bicycle improvements. The BRAC action plan cites two other plans of importance to cyclists - the Twenty Year Bicycle Master Access Plan for Maryland (a non-specific guideline plan) and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan for the National Capital Region which lays out several specific goals in the area around Andrews Air Force Base including:
- Tinkers Creek Trail (which could connect to Andrews at Branch Ave on the SW side)
- Suitland Parkway Trail (along the north edge)
- Cabin Branch Trail (which could be a continuation of the Suitland trail going east)
- Auth Road side path (which connects on the west side, and also is the most direct connection between Andrews and the Branch Ave Metro Station)