The Division of Transportation Engineering will be hosting a Public Meeting to solicit community comment on the Forest Glen Passageway Feasibility Study. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, from 7:00-9:00 PM at the Sligo Middle School in the cafeteria, 1401 Dennis Avenue, in Silver Spring.
MCDOT is performing the Forest Glen Passageway Feasibility Study for a proposed grade-separated pedestrian passageway (tunnel or bridge) across Georgia Avenue at Forest Glen Road. It will provide a continued pedestrian access to the mezzanine of Forest Glen Metrorail Station. The Feasibility Study collects background data; develops alternatives and conceptual design; evaluates environmental, traffic, social and utility impacts; investigates constructability; estimates the costs and construction duration; obtains public input; and recommends a Preferred Alternative.
The intersection of Georgia Avenue at Forest Glen Road has one of the highest traffic volumes in Maryland for a roadway. It currently operates at Level of Service F (oversaturated; vehicles wait through multiple signal cycles) during the peak periods. The fact that the Forest Glen Metrorail Station is on the west side of Georgia Avenue, and the Holy Cross Hospital as well as offices and the Montgomery Hills Baptist Church are on the east, makes it necessary for a large number of people to cross Georgia to get to their destinations from the Metrorail Station. The current conflicting timing needs do not allow sufficient time for pedestrians to cross either Georgia Avenue or Forest Glen Road at-grade while simultaneously trying to meet the traffic demands.
For the five year period 2005 to 2009 the pedestrian related crash rate was almost four times the statewide average.
In late 2008, the Montgomery County Council approved funding for the design of the new Forest Glen Passageway. Its construction has not been funded. MCDOT is seeking Federal Funds to share the construction costs.
The public is invited to comment at this meeting or directly to the Division of Transportation Engineering (DTE) by April 24, 2012. The Project Manager is Greg Hwang. He may be reached by phone at 240.777.7279 or by email. To be added to the mailing list for the project newsletter, call DTE at 240. 777.7220. For more information about this and other construction projects, visit our website at montgomerycountymd.gov/mcdot.