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Speed limit reduced at deadly College Park intersection

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA9) – Officials are reducing the speed limit at a deadly intersection near the University of Maryland campus where three pedestrians were killed in separate incidents this year.

The Maryland State Highway Administration announced Monday that the speed limit on Route 1 between Guilford Road/Guilford Drive and Berwyn Road will drop to 25 miles per hour from 30 miles per hour on August 1.

By the end of August, median fencing will be installed between Knox and Hartwick roads to prevent jaywalking.

LIST: Route 1 traffic changes: http://on.wusa9.com/1sfyePO

By late October, an overhead pedestrian signal will be installed at the Rt. 1 and Hartwick Road intersection. It will flash yellow to cars on Rt. 1 and flash red to cars on Hartwick Road except when a pedestrian pushes the walk button. The signal will turn to solid red in all directions to stop traffic and allow pedestrians to safely cross the intersection.

The College Park City Council will vote Tuesday on a proposal to "to enforce the new lower speed limit by expanding the times speed cameras operate to coincide with heavy pedestrian periods on US 1 in downtown College Park."

Earlier this month, a young woman was killed by a drunk driver in the intersection of Route 1 and Hartwick Street as she tried to cross.