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Construction Around M Circle to Begin

Construction crews will begin removing traffic islands around M Circle on or about August 15 as part of preparations for the Purple Line light-rail project.

The M Circle will remain in place during the work, the first phase of which will continue until August 21. The work will then resume on Sept. 3 and continue for approximately two weeks. The traffic pattern around the circle will not change, but pedestrian traffic will be detoured as needed. The traffic islands will be replaced with paving even with the road.

The Purple Line will extend 16 miles from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George’s County. It will provide a direct connection to Metro’s Red, Green and Orange lines as well as to MARC, Amtrak and local bus services. Five stations will be on or adjacent to the UMD campus.

To learn more about the Purple Line at UMD, visit Sign up for text and email updates here and select “College Park/M Square.”

This article has been updated to reflect new dates for construction.

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