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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Highway Services Update on Paving and Patching Operations

The Department of Transportation’s Division of Highway Services (DHS) recently began road resurfacing projects on: Research Boulevard between Shady Grove R road and Omega Drive, Muddy Branch Road, from Darnestown Road (MD 28) to Dufief Mill Road; Lockwood Drive, from MD 650 to Stewart Lane; Shakespeare Boulevard, between Frederick Road and Observation Drive; Observation Drive, north of Ridge Road; and Falls Chapel Way.  

For these projects, DHS patches areas of distressed pavement; mills the roadway surface, removing one to two inches to improve drainage; makes utility adjustments; seals cracks; repaves the road using hot mix asphalt; and restores the lane markings.

Over the next three to four weeks, Tucker Lane , between New Hampshire Avenue and Ashton Road will be permanently patched. This is a cost effective interim way of maintaining roadway structural integrity. Areas of pavement that require replacement down to the road base are excavated and replaced with hot mix asphalt. This full depth patching restores the pavement’s structural integrity, and prevents water from getting into the pavement and underlying road base. Patching extends roads life between 15 and 20 years.

Sidewalk and curb repairs are also in progress in the communities of Tivoli , Silver Spring ; Ken-Gar, Kensington; Glenmont Hills, Kensington; Greencastle Lakes , Burtonsville; and Longmead Crossing, Silver Spring .

The work involves removing and replacing damaged sidewalks and ensuring that curb ramps are accessible to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act; removing and replacing damaged and misaligned curbs; and restoring disturbed areas with soil, grass seed, and straw mulch. While DHS is in the neighborhood, residents can take advantage of the competitive price offered by the County to replace driveway aprons (the portion of the driveway that is within the public right-of-way) and lead walks (the sidewalk from the edge of the road to a homeowner’s property line).

For more information on Highway Services’ resurfacing projects throughout the County, visit the Division of Highway Services’ website or call 311, Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm .

CATEGORIES: Highway
POSTED: 8:00:00 AM |

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Highway Services Begins Three More Road Projects Funded Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has received over $15 million in stimulus funds designed to boost the economy of local governments and improve the transportation infrastructure.  MCDOT’s Division of Highway Services received $6.7 million to improve seven deteriorated roadways.  The first project, Barnesville Road, was completed last fall, and now three additional resurfacing projects are underway.

Begun in the spring and nearly complete, a resurfacing project on Old Columbia Pike from MD 198 to US 29 is replacing defective curbs, gutters, and sidewalks; patching pavement; and resurfacing with hot mix asphalt.  Similar improvements are underway on 10 lane miles of Shady Grove Road, from I-270 to Darnestown Road, four-and-half lane miles of Randolph Road, from east of Nebel Street to the Rock Creek bridge. 

The remaining ARRA projects -- Forest Glen Road, Travilah Road, and Wightman Road -- are expected to be completed this fall.  For information about other stimulus funds, go to the County’s website.

CATEGORIES: Highway , Road Repair
POSTED: 8:00:00 AM |

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Highway Services in Midst of Peak Paving and Patching Season

The Department of Transportation’s Division of Highway Services (DHS) recently began road resurfacing projects in the neighborhoods of Hamlet North, east of Gaithersburg; Mountain View Estates, North Potomac; Edinburgh, Olney; and Bradley Woods, Bethesda; and on Renn Street, Marianna Drive, and West Frankfort Drive in Aspen Hill.

For these projects, DHS patches areas of distressed pavement; mills the roadway surface, removing one to two inches to improve drainage; makes utility adjustments; seals cracks; repaves the road using hot mix asphalt; and restores the lane markings. 

Work is also planned to preserve roads in Fox Hills West, Potomac and in Sherwood Forest Manor, Silver Spring using micro seal resurfacing.  To preserve roads, DHS patches areas of distressed pavement; makes utility adjustments; seals cracks; restores the lane markings; and uses a micro seal material that fills cracks and small voids and extends the life of the road pavement. 

Permanent patching work is underway on in Rockville on Arctic Avenue and the Rock Creek Manor neighborhood; in Aspen Hill on Bauer Drive, from Marianna Drive to Norbeck Road.  Areas of pavement that require replacement down to the road base are excavated and replaced with hot mix asphalt.  This full depth patching restores the pavement’s structural integrity, prevents water from getting into the pavement and underlying road base.  Patching extends roads life between 15 and 20 years.

For more information on resurfacing projects throughout the County, visit the Division of Highway Services’ website or call 311, Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.

CATEGORIES: Highway
POSTED: 7:00:00 AM |

Thursday, September 30, 2010

First Segment of ICC May Be Ready by late 2010

Recent news reports indicate that the first few miles of the InterCounty Connector (ICC), between the I-270/370 corridor and Georgia Avenue, could be open by early 2011. 
 
When the State Highway Administration completes the entire ICC, the road will be a six-lane, toll highway connecting Gaithersburg to Laurel. Tolls will be collected electronically with E-Z Pass transponders.  The toll for the first 5.5 mile segment of the ICC is expected to cost $1.45 during peak hours, $1.15 during off-peak and 60 cents during overnight hours. The peak travel period is between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.
 
For more information, visit the State Highway Administration’s website
CATEGORIES: ICC , Highway
POSTED: 1:00:00 AM |

Monday, June 28, 2010

Maryland State Highway Administration Update

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration, working with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation, opened two new access ramps to MD 355 (Rockville Pike) on June 17 and June 18.

The ramp from Montrose Parkway to northbound MD 355 and the ramp from northbound Hoya Street, formerly “old” Old Georgetown Road, to southbound MD 355 are now permanently open to traffic. With these ramps open, the access to MD 355 from Montrose Road, Montrose Parkway, and Hoya Street will be closed.

With the new traffic patterns, access to northbound MD 355 is described below:

  • Drivers traveling on Montrose Parkway use the existing signal to turn left or right at the entrance of the new ramp to northbound MD 355;
  • Drivers traveling on northbound Hoya Street turn right onto eastbound Montrose Parkway and turn left at the existing signal at the entrance of the new ramp; and
  • Drivers traveling on Montrose Road turn right onto Hoya Street, turn left onto eastbound Montrose Parkway, and turn left at the existing signal at the entrance of the new ramp.

To access southbound MD 355:

  • Drivers traveling westbound on Montrose Parkway turn right at Hoya Street and continue to the new ramp;
  • Drivers traveling eastbound on Montrose Parkway turn left at Hoya Street and continue to the new ramp;
  • Drivers on eastbound Montrose Road turn left at Hoya Street and continue to the new ramp; and
  • Drivers on northbound Hoya Street continue straight to the new ramp.
CATEGORIES: Highway
POSTED: 2:00:00 AM |

Monday, June 28, 2010

Governors Highway Safety Association Issues Report About Nationwide Efforts to Curb Distracted Driving

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released a report about steps states are taking to reduce distracted driving. GHSA is a nonprofit association that works to improve traffic safety, influence national policy and enhance program management, and represents the highway safety offices of states, territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

According to the GHSA news release about the report, “the survey found that states are aggressively pursuing solutions to distracted driving including: stronger laws, increased data collection, new education programs, public/private partnerships and a growing reliance on new media to spread the message.”

The report states that Maryland is one of 27 states that has made distracted driving a priority and has included efforts to combat this problem in its strategic highway safety plans.

Maryland also collects information about the number of crashes in which distraction (of any kind) is a factor in a crash; has distracted driving materials targeting teen drivers and/or their parents; includes distracted driving on the State’s Driver License Test; educates the public about the dangers of distracted driving using traditional methods but not social media; work with employers to develop distracted driving policies; and has novice driver cell phone bans.

The report is available online at the GHSA website.
CATEGORIES: Highway
POSTED: 1:00:00 AM |

Friday, May 28, 2010

State Highway Begins Resurfacing a Segment of Old Georgetown Road

The week of May 17, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) began a one-mile resurfacing project on Old Georgetown Road/ Maryland Route 187 that includes grinding and resurfacing all lanes between Center Drive and North Brook Lane. The $2 million project will last throughout the summer, and work will only be conducted at night to minimize traffic impacts.
Residents and drivers can expect lane closures Sunday through Thursday between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. SHA will provide variable message signs, drums and arrow boards to guide motorists through the work zone.

Other work includes replacing inlets, cleaning pipes, upgrading existing sidewalks to Americans With Disabilities Act standards, marking pavement, replacing curbs and gutters, installing and replacing traffic loop detectors, and upgrading traffic signals with pedestrian-oriented features.
CATEGORIES: Highway , Road Repair
POSTED: 2:00:00 AM |

Friday, May 28, 2010

State Highway Continues Project to Improve Maryland Route 28

Since Fall 2009, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) has been constructing improvements to the intersection of Maryland Route 28 at Maryland Route 586 (Veirs Mill Road) /Maryland Route 911. To expedite project completion, SHA will begin overnight closures of up to two lanes June 7 through June 21, weather permitting, to resurface the roadway. 

Motorists can expect overnight single lane closures along Maryland Route 28 and Maryland Route 586 beginning at 9 p.m. and double lane closures between 10 p.m. and5 a.m. One lane in all directions will remain open at all times. 

The $968,000 intersection improvement includes constructing a new 500-foot left turn lane from southbound Maryland Route 28 to eastbound Maryland Route 586; extending the existing left turn lane from Maryland Route 28/ Maryland Route 586 to northbound Maryland Route 28 by 350 feet; grinding and resurfacing the existing pavement; upgrading the traffic signals with accessible/countdown pedestrian signals (APS/CPS); and upgrading sidewalks to Americans with Disability Act (ADA) standards. 
CATEGORIES: Highway
POSTED: 1:00:00 AM |

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Highway Services Works 24/7 to Clear Record Snowfall

Montgomery County Department of Transportation, Division of Highway Services staff continue to clear the record snowfall that occurred the week before Christmas, plowing and spreading abrasives throughout residential areas. With up to 24 inches of snow in some parts of the County, crews worked round the clock for three days to ensure the safety and well being of residents, clear snow from emergency and bus routes, and provide access to all roads in the County. Snow began falling Friday evening, December 18 and by Tuesday morning’s rush hour, every main and secondary road in the County was clear and every residential street had been plowed at least once. MCDOT’s goal is to make every residential street passable -- not to necessarily clear them to bare pavement. 
 
Residents can report roads that need immediate attention on the County’s website, or they can call the MCDOT Customer Service Center at 240-777-6000.
 
MCDOT is responsible for clearing more than 5,000 lane miles of County roads. The Maryland State Highway Administration clears all numbered routes in the County (such as Georgia Avenue, Maryland Route 97) and municipalities, such as Rockville, Gaithersburg and Takoma Park, clear their own streets.
 
CATEGORIES: Snow , Highway
POSTED: 10:38:00 AM |
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