Putting ARRA Funds to Work Transportation Projects Spell Local Improvements

Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation has received nearly $15.4 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding designed to help local governments jumpstart their economies. The funded projects -- designed to help improve the County’s economy and transportation infrastructure -- have either been completed or are underway.

The Division of Highway Services (DHS) received about $6.7 million to improve seven roadways that, due to their deteriorated condition, were designated as high priority projects under DHS’ inventory of Countywide roadway conditions. These paving projects will upgrade:

  • More than 10 lane miles of Shady Grove Road from I-270 to Darnestown Road;
  • Nearly 10 lane miles of Barnesville Road from Mt. Ephraim Road to Maryland Route 117;
  • About four-and-one-half lane miles Randolph Road from east of Nebel Street to Rock Creek Bridge;
  • About 3.6 lane miles of Forest Glen Road from Maryland Route 97 to Brunett Avenue;
  • More than 10 lane miles of Old Columbia Pike from Maryland Route 198 to U.S. Route 29, Columbia Pike on-ramp;
  • Nearly five lane miles of Travilah Road from Dufief Road to River Road; and
  • 3.7 lane miles of Wightman Road from Brink Road to Goshen Road.

Repairs include removing and replacing defective curbs and gutters; removing and replacing defective sidewalks; full-depth pavement patching; removing and replacing pavement surfaces; and installing pavement line markings and raised, reflective pavement markers. All seven projects should be completed in fall 2011.

The Division of Transit Services (DTS) received $6.55 million to replace existing buses with 12 energy efficient, diesel-electric hybrids and one clean diesel bus. The buses will be delivered in September. DTS also received $350,000 to purchase new bid/dispatch software that will increase efficiency in managing work assignments and daily dispatching.

The Division of Traffic Engineering (DTE) received nearly $1.75 million for four projects to improve traffic flow and traffic and pedestrian safety. DTE has:

  • Completed upgrading deficient and substandard guardrail end treatments throughout the County along Federal roads eligible for aid;
  • Completed installing traffic signal power backup units Countywide to minimize the effect of power outages on traffic flow;
  • Completed traffic warning sign upgrades Countywide to improve visibility at night and during poor weather conditions; and
  • Begun installing streetlights along Maryland Route 124 to improve traffic and pedestrian safety. The project is expected to be completed in the spring.

Information about other ARRA funds awarded to the County is available on the County’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/recovery.

CATEGORIES: Transportation , News
POSTED AT: Thursday, February 10, 2011 | 9:00:00 AM |
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