The Montgomery County Department of Transportation Division of Highway Services Residential Streetsweeping program, which began in April, will continue through early July. More than 3,900 curb miles of streets are scheduled to be swept and over 2,000 tons of debris is expected to be collected. This program not only cleans streets, but also prevents harmful debris and pollutants from being washed into storm drains, eventually degrading local streams and the Chesapeake Bay.
Highway Services crews are also conducting litter pick-up across the County as part of the Refresh Montgomery program. So far, crews have patrolled 143 miles of roadway and collected 71 tons of debris.
Dedicated volunteers help the County remove litter from roadways. Under the Adopt-A-Road program, about 300 groups conduct roadside cleanups program and many have been active this spring, particularly around Earth Day in April.
Elsewhere in the County, bridge decks and drainage systems are being flushed of winter debris; road shoulders are being repaired; and crews are patching potholes and doing resurfacing projects.
For more information, including sweeping schedules or to report a pothole, visit the Highway Services’ website or call 311, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. (TTY, call 301-251-4850).
Highway Services has begun its annual street sweeping program on the County’s 5,000 curb miles of roads. This joint effort between the Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) removes abrasives and other debris left behind after the winter snow season and improves the appearance and safety of County streets. Based on past results, officials expect the effort to remove more than 3,000 tons of material that could, otherwise, be washed into County streams.
Removing excess debris and abrasives from road surfaces helps to keep drainage systems clean. It also helps to reduce pollutants that flow into local streams and, eventually, into the Chesapeake Bay. Roads in areas identified by DEP as sensitive watersheds. Those areas will be swept first and, if needed, will receive additional sweepings.
Brightly colored signs are posted in neighborhoods a few days before street sweeping begins. To improve the quality of service and the effectiveness of the sweeping program, residents are urged to find alternative parking while their streets are cleaned.
Updates detailing which areas are scheduled for street sweeping are available on the County’s website.
Not all roads in Montgomery County are maintained by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT). When it snows, several agencies and jurisdictions are out in force clearing snow and ice, and this can cause confusion for residents.
MCDOT clears more than 5,000 lane miles of County-maintained roads. All State-maintained, numbered roads (such as Georgia Avenue, Maryland Route 97 or Rockville Pike, Maryland Route 355) are cleared by the Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA). Other departments, outside agencies and governmental jurisdictions also have responsibility for plowing. They include the Montgomery County Board of Education; the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission; the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro); municipalities; and homeowner’s associations. Commercial parking lot owners plow their own properties and are prohibited from moving snow into the street.
The County’s new snow map indicates whether a road is maintained by the County or not. Or, call 311 to check on who plows your road.
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is committed to keeping roadsides beautiful, which includes road maintenance, litter removal and eradicating graffiti. A partner in graffiti removal is GRAB, which stands for GRaffiti ABatement. This non-profit organization is supported by businesses and government and works to eliminate graffiti vandalism through eradication, education and enforcement strategies.
GRAB’s approach to graffiti is to remove it immediately and then develop long-term strategies to target at-risk youth.
In fiscal year 2010, GRAB, working with the Montgomery County Department of Corrections, cleaned up a total of 125 sites across the County, including signal boxes, retaining walls, roads, bridge underpasses, pedestrian tunnels and fences. They removed or painted over 32,000 square feet of surface. GRAB responds to graffiti reports countywide and coordinates the clean-up.
If you spot graffiti in the County, call GRAB’s hotline at 301-607-4722.
On October 23, a group of Montgomery County Department of Transportation employees, their family members and the Keep Montgomery County Beautiful Task Force participated in Community Service Day by cleaning Grubb Road, portions of East-West Highway, and surrounding streets in the neighborhood. The results: 15 bags of trash, a collection of wooden poles and illegals signs, a hubcap and a microwave oven, all picked up from the roadside. Business partners in the project were The Daily Dish restaurant and Dynamite Graphics.
Single family homes in Montgomery County with curbside recycling collection services also are provided with year-round collection of yard trimmings on their recycling day. It is important to properly prepare tree branches or debris for collection.
Here are the guidelines:
On Private Property:
Tree debris on private property will be collected on a resident’s regular recycling day if it is no more than four-feet in length and four inches in diameter.
Bag, bundle, or containerize tree branches and limbs, keeping bundles less than 45 pounds and less than 30 inches in diameter.
Tree debris that is too large for curbside collection or cannot be bagged, bundled, or containerized (up to 500 pounds) can be recycled at no charge to single family home residents at the Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station, located at 16101 Frederick Road, Derwood. Check the County’s website for hours of operation and directions.
Another option is to contact a private company, such as a tree, landscaping or lawn service, for assistance in removing and disposing of storm debris.
Residents may want to check with their home insurance company, which may cover storm debris removal and disposal.
In the Public Right-of-Way:
Montgomery County Department of Transportation crews collect trees and branches that have fallen into the public right-of-way.
To report tree debris in the public right-of-way, call 311, or report online.
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s pavement preservation program is using long-term strategies to preserve and enhance the County’s transportation infrastructure. Under this program, roadways rated as fair or worse began receiving attention in the Spring once the weather became warm enough to allow for the use of hot mix asphalt.
The work consists of the following steps:
Full depth patching removes and replaces distressed pavement areas to restore the pavement’s structural integrity and ability to support vehicle loads.
Edge and full-width pavement milling removes the entire surface of the roadway to a depth of one to two inches.
Utility adjustments to bring storm drain and sewer manhole covers and valves to the same grade as the renewed pavement.
Crack sealing to repair large cracks with a flexible filler.
Concrete curb replacement (if needed or appropriate) to remove and replace damaged and misaligned curbs.
Paving with hot mix asphalt.
Replacement of roadway lane markings.
Resurfacing using hot mix asphalt is planned for the following arterial roads: Brink Road between Laytonsville Road and Route 124 (Woodfield Road) in the Gaithersburg East area; and Clarksburg Road between Bethesda Church Road and Price’s Distillery Road and Bethesda Church Road between Clarksburg Road and the Frederick County line, both in the Damascus area.
Arterial roadway preservation using micro paving is ongoing for Norbeck Road between Layhill Road and New Hampshire Avenue.
Highway Services is also resurfacing neighborhood streets in the Indian Springs community of Silver Spring.
In addition to road paving and sidewalk repairs, the Department of Transportation’s Division of Highway Services (DHS) is intensifying its maintenance efforts to complete work that can only be accomplished during the warmer weather months. Staff is flushing bridge decks and drainage systems of winter debris; repairing road shoulders; and patching potholes.
DHS continues its street sweeping on arterial roads and residential streets that began in mid-March. This joint effort with the Department of Environmental Protection removes abrasives and other debris after the winter snow season. Sweeping typically removes more than 3,000 tons of road debris each year that would otherwise be washed into streams.
“Refresh Montgomery” has also begun. For almost two months, three road crews will work full-time picking up litter. Each year this effort collects about 20 tons of trash. Crews coordinate their work with the volunteer-based Adopt A Road program, which sponsors 260 volunteer groups who conduct roadside cleanups.