An effort by Prince George's County Executive Parris Glendening to gain the support of the College Park City Council for a highway rerouting project has irritated city officials.

During a meeting two weeks ago, Glendening gave City Council members until tomorrow to support the county's plans for a new route for Calvert Road, which is being blocked by Metro construction of the Green Line. The route the county favors would be a four-lane road running between Good Luck Road and Rte. 1 at the entrance to the University of Maryland campus.

The city would have to give up an acre of its parkland to accommodate that road, Glendening said. Otherwise, he explained, the county will opt for a modified version of the route, which would slice through a corner of the College Park Airport, recently designated a national historic landmark.

"We are making an all-out push to start construction or we'll lose federal funding . . . . The city has to decide one way or the other because we're getting ready to build," he said in a telephone interview.

City officials, who held a series of public meetings on the issue during the fall, strongly oppose disturbing any of the airport land and say that the county-favored route would disrupt neighborhoods. They are seeking a four-lane southern alternative to carry east-west traffic between Kenilworth Avenue andRte. 1. Mayor-Elect Anna Owens said the council would compromise on a two-lane northern route coupled with the four-lane southern route.

Such a plan, Owens said, would make the area safer for pedestrians, cause less noise for residents and be less disruptive to the ambiance of the airport, which is being restored by local preservationists.

Owens, who attended the meeting with Glendening, said she is displeased that "an ultimatum" was given before the City Council has had a chance to meet.

Council member Michael Jacobs, who also attended the meeting, said he was irritated with Glendening for forcing the issue just weeks before the newly elected council members take office. County officials "don't take us very seriously. We get lip service from them as a general rule, until they want something from us," Jacobs said.

Jacobs said he fears that high-rise development associated with the Metro station might hinder airplane landings and further encroach on airport property. Glendening said, however, that he promised the City Council that there would be no redevelopment surrounding the Metro station.

But Jacobs said he feared future legislative bodies might change that promise. "We want immediate action by the County Council for binding language" limiting height and density of development, Jacobs said.

Glendening, stressing that the county is eager to move on the road project, said, however, that he might let his Friday deadline slip if city officials show they are moving toward a final decision. He said the county must make a decision in the next "two or three weeks" so that federal officials, who are funding the project, can be notified.

The county will submit its proposal to the Federal Highway Administration, which will make the final recommendation on the location of the route.

Glendening said he is "befuddled" by College Park officials' allegations that their interests are being overlooked by the county. He said the county decision on the northern route is based on traffic projections.

"If it turned out in the {county's} traffic study that the people were going south, we would have opted for the southern route . . . . My mission in life right now is to build this Metro line," Glendening said.