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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Governor O’Malley Announces Corridor Cities Transitway is Locally Preferred Alternative

Governor Martin O’Malley announced that the locally preferred alternative (LPA) for the Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT) will be Maryland’s first Bus Rapid Transit system and will operate along a 15-mile north-south corridor from the Shady Grove Metrorail station to the COMSAT facility near Clarksburg. The next step is for the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) to submit the project to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) under its New Starts Program as the MTA prepares for the preliminary engineering phase of the project.
 
The preferred alternative will connect major employment, residential and activity centers in the corridor including Shady Grove, King Farm, Crown Farm, Life Sciences Center (LSC), Kentlands, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Metropolitan Grove, Germantown, and COMSAT. There will be direct connections to the Red Line at Shady Grove, the MARC Brunswick Line at Metropolitan Grove and local bus service throughout the corridor.
 
The CCT LPA will be a pedestrian-friendly system with 16 proposed stations that is expected to have 47,700 boardings a day by 2035. The CCT will operate at street level on a fully dedicated right-of-way with no shared use segments, allowing for fast and reliable transit operations.   Parking will be available through existing and/or new Park and Rides at Shady Grove, Crown Farm, LSC West, Metropolitan Grove, Germantown, and COMSAT. The transitway is also being designed to accommodate a future hiker/biker trail.
CATEGORIES: Projects , News
POSTED: 9:30:00 AM |

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wightman Road Repaved using Federal Stimulus Funds

During May, Wightman Road was repaved with hot mix asphalt. This federally funded project is part of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) for Primary Federal Roads. 
 
For more information on other ARRA-funded projects in Montgomery County, visit the County’s Recovery and Reinvestment website.
CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 8:30:00 AM |

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Jones Bridge Road Traffic Calming Project Completed

The Division of Traffic Engineering and Operations (DTEO) recently completed traffic calming and pedestrian safety improvements on Jones Bridge Road between Connecticut Avenue (MD 185) and Jones Mill Road. DTEO installed new concrete median islands, marked crosswalks, ADA-compliant wheelchair ramps, permanent traffic signs and pavement markings. Crews also patched the roadway where needed. 
 
Traffic calming efforts like this have reduced speeding on arterial and primary residential roads by as much as 11 miles per hour. Speed is directly linked to collisions and injury severity, so slowing traffic to the posted speed limits can both reduce collisions and significantly reduce the severity of injuries for those who are struck.
 
For more information about pedestrian safety, visit MCDOT’s website.
CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 7:30:00 AM |

Thursday, May 31, 2012

MCDOT Begins New Road Maintenance Projects

The Division of Highway Services (DHS) is repairing and repaving roads, including Fenton Street between Wayne Avenue and Philadelphia Avenue and Executive Boulevard, between East Jefferson Street and Old Georgetown Road. DHS will patch areas of distressed pavement; mill the roadway surface, removing one to two inches to improve drainage; make utility adjustments; seal cracks; repave the road using hot mix asphalt; and restore the lane markings.
 
For more information on DHS’s paving projects, go to the County’s website.
CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 7:00:00 AM |

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Artists Selected for Public Art Exhibition in the Bethesda Metro Pedestrian Tunnel

The Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District have chosen 12 artists whose works are being featured in a public art exhibition called “Tunnel Vision.” The works are displayed in the pedestrian tunnel that runs under Wisconsin Avenue to the Bethesda Metro station in downtown Bethesda.
 
The 2012 Tunnel Vision artists are:
  • John James Anderson, Washington, DC
  • Sheila Blake, Takoma Park, MD
  • Frank Capello, Potomac, MD
  • Anne Chan, Silver Spring, MD
  • Howard E. Clark, Montgomery Village, MD
  • Richard L. Dana, Bethesda, MD
  • Bob Elliott, Bethesda, MD
  • Joey P. Manlapaz, Washington, DC
  • Greg Minah, Baltimore, MD
  • Alex L. Porter, Chevy Chase, MD
  • Spencer Razick, Kensington, MD (Young Artist)
  • Kristy Simmons, Bethesda, MD
The artists’ works were chosen from nearly 200 submissions. Painting, photography and digital imagery in both traditional and contemporary styles are represented among the artwork chosen. Now installed in the Metro tunnel, the images were printed on a poly metal material.
 
 “Tunnel Vision” is a public art initiative made possible through a partnership with Montgomery County, the Bethesda Urban Partnership and the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District and with donations from local organizations.
 
For more information, visit the Bethesda Urban Partnership’s website.
CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 1:00:00 AM |

Monday, April 30, 2012

MCDOT Construction Project Status

Barnesville Road Reopens
Barnesville Road at Bucklodge Creek has reopened after being closed since early March for repairs following the failure of a five-foot diameter pipe that ran under the bridge. 
 
The work was conducted by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Division of Highway Services and involved excavating the road, removing the old pipe, installing a new 60-inch diameter pipe, backfilling material around the pipe and reconstructing part of the road. The repair project also required diverting Bucklodge Creek and constructing new end walls on each side of Barnesville Road. MCDOT appreciates the public’s cooperation and patience during the repairs. 
 
WhiteGroundRoadBridge
The Division of Transportation Engineering (DTE) has reopened the White Ground Road Bridge over Bucklodge Branch following a project to reconstruct the failing bridge built around 1950. The project also included extensive stream restoration and rebuilding of 500 feet of approach roadway on either side of the bridge. 
 
The new bridge is 48-feet long and 18-feet wide and consists of a single span concrete slab. White Ground Road is designated as an exceptional rustic road, so in order to maintain the road’s character, the one-lane width of the bridge was not altered..
 
Montrose Trail
The Division of Transportation Engineering has begun construction of a 1,000-foot extension of the Montrose Trail from the eastern end of Swim Club Way to Tildenwood Drive.   The hiker/biker trail will have a 10-foot-wide paved surface, five-foot grass shoulders, drainage ditches on the north side and a six-foot-high wooden fence along the southern portion to screen adjacent residential properties on Wolftree Lane and Oden Court.
 
Trail landscaping will include deciduous trees along the northern side of the trail and deciduous and evergreen trees behind the wooden fence to provide additional screening for adjacent residential properties.
 
For more information about the project, visit the Division of Transportation Engineering’s website.
 
Shady Grove Bike Path
To provide access the Shady Grove Metro station and Crabbs Branch Way, DTE begins construction in April of a new 10-foot bike path along the east side of the Shady Grove Metro access road from Shady Grove Road to Redland Road. The project also includes installing raised crosswalks and speed humps on the access road. 
 
Serving 10 communities within two miles, the path will connect to a sidewalk and a nearby bikeway network, including existing or proposed facilities on Shady Grove Road, Crabbs Branch Way, Redland Road, Needwood Road, the Midcounty Highway and the Intercounty Connector/MD200.
 
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority provided land for the project to the County at no charge. The project received Federal funding.
 
JonesBridge Traffic Calming
The MCDOT Division of Traffic Engineering and Operations (DTEO) recently completed traffic calming and pedestrian safety improvements on Jones Bridge Road between Connecticut Avenue (MD 185) and Jones Mill Road. DTEO installed new concrete median islands, marked crosswalks, ADA-compliant wheelchair ramps and permanent traffic signs and pavement markings, and patched the roadway, where needed. Concrete median islands have successfully reduced vehicle speeds in residential neighborhoods and improved safety for pedestrians. 
 
More information about MCDOT projects is available on the County’s website
 
 
CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 11:15:00 AM |

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

DHS Begins Spring Road Maintenance Projects and Sidewalk and Curb Repairs

New road maintenance projects by the Division of Highway Services (DHS) are beginning or are underway:
  • Windsor Knolls subdivision in Rockville began March 1. 
  • Waring Station Road, from Wisteria Drive to Middlebrook Road, Germantown, will begin in early April.
  • Emory Lane, from Muncaster Mill Road to Georgia Avenue, Olney, began the week of March 19.
  • Harmony Hall subdivision in Damascus began March 23.
 Paving projects will take three to four weeks to complete. DHS will patch areas of distressed pavement; mill the roadway surface, removing one to two inches to improve drainage; make utility adjustments; seal cracks; repave the road using hot mix asphalt; and restore the lane markings. 
 
DHS is also doing concrete curb, gutter, and sidewalk repairs. While DHS is in the neighborhood, residents can take advantage of discounts for concrete work repairs to 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). 
 
Projects beginning in March or April will take about eight weeks to complete:
  • Greencastle Lakes community in Burtonsville
  • Plyers Mill Estates community in Kensington
  • Veirs Mill Village community in Silver Spring
  • Decatur Avenue in Kensington
 The sidewalk and curb work involves removing and replacing damaged sidewalks and ensuring that curb ramps are accessible to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, removal and replacement of damaged and misaligned curbs and restoration of disturbed areas with soil, grass seed and straw mulch. 
 
For more information on resurfacing projects throughout the County, visit the Division of Highway Services’ website, email DHS or call 311, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 2:00:00 PM |

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Rehabilitation to Begin on Pedestrian Bridge over Old Georgetown Road

This spring, work will begin to rehabilitate the pedestrian bridge over Old Georgetown Road, between Woodmont Avenue and Edgemoor Lane in Bethesda. Built in 1999, the bridge is about 90 feet long. It connects the Bethesda Place Development to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, the Metropolitan Apartments, an 1,100 space public parking garage, and other facilities.
 
The bridge will be cleaned and painted and needed structural modifications will be made. 
Work to the approach portion of the bridge will include repairing the fascia girders and replacing the cladding and railing support system. The connection to the concrete building at the east end of the approach bridge will also be replaced. On the truss bridge portion, a new drainage system will be installed; concrete pavers will be replaced with stamped lightweight concrete; and the expansion joint at the interface between the truss bridge and the approach bridge will also be replaced.
 
The project is expected to take eight months to complete. Pedestrian access will be available at all times during construction.
CATEGORIES: Projects , Bridges , Pedestrian Safety
POSTED: 9:00:00 AM |

Friday, January 27, 2012

Nebel Street Extension Completed

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation recently completed a quarter- mile extension of Nebel Street to connect the road to the intersection of Bou and Chapman avenues. 

The four-lane extension, with two lanes in each direction, also included a new sidewalk and a bike path.  Road amenities include street lights, storm water management and a new traffic signal at Randolph and Nebel. 

The extension of Nebel Street is an important component in the North Bethesda Master Plan and ties into changes planned as White Flint is redeveloped.  The new road will help relieve traffic congestion along Rockville Pike between the White Flint Mall and Twinbrook Parkway, and help link employment areas to the White Flint and Twinbrook Metro stations and a proposed MARC station at Montrose Crossing. 

For information about this and other transportation construction projects, go to the County’s website

CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 6:00:00 AM |

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Two Parking Lots in Bethesda to Close Mid-January

Construction of New Parking Garage will Triple Number of Parking Spaces

Beginning in mid-January, two surface parking lots in Bethesda (known as Lots 31 and 31A), located at the intersection of Woodmont and Bethesda avenues, will close for about 30 months for the construction of a public-private partnership project that will more than triple the number of public parking spaces available on the site. The project includes two residential buildings with 250 units and retail space at ground level and an underground parking garage with 290 private parking spaces for tenants and 940 public spaces.
 
One to two months after construction begins, Woodmont Avenue, between Bethesda Avenue and Leland Street, will also close for about 20 months. The adjacent Capital Crescent Trail will remain open during the entire construction project. 
 
Lots 31 and 31A have 279 spaces and are popular with short- and long-term parkers who frequent nearby shops, restaurants and movies, or use the Capital Crescent Trail. To assist parkers, the County is enhancing other parking options in the area during construction.
 
At the Bethesda-Elm Parking Garage (Garage 57), which has more than 900 parking spaces and is located between Bethesda Avenue and Elm Street, staff will convert 103 long-term spaces to four-hour spaces. In addition, a new messaging system at the garage’s entrance will show drivers how many parking spaces are available.
 
Drivers who need to park for longer periods of time will be encouraged to use other garages in Bethesda. Long-term parking spaces are available at the Woodmont Corner Garage (Garage 11), at Woodmont and Old Georgetown Road, and the Auburn-Del Ray Garage (Garage 36), as well as at privately operated parking facilities surrounding Lot 31.
 
Long-term parkers can also use the free Bethesda Circulator shuttle bus. Starting in December, and throughout the construction period, the Circulator schedule will expand, and the frequency of service will increase. Click here for additional information on Circulator service.  
 
The project should be completed in Summer 2013. Check the County’s website for more information on parking in Montgomery County’s public lots and garages.
CATEGORIES: Parking , Projects
POSTED: 10:00:00 AM |

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Residential Road Maintenance Projects Underway

The Division of Highway Services has begun a number of permanent patching projects in Olney Village, the Parkside-Stoneybrook community, and the Windsor Knolls community. For these projects, crews make structural, permanent patches to the road, which is a cost-effective interim solution that maintains roadway structural integrity. 

Crews are repairing concrete curbs, gutters and sidewalks repairs in the Kensington Heights community. Defective sections of curbs or sidewalks are replaced to ensure structural integrity and proper drainage and remove tripping hazards. When this work occurs in a neighborhood, residents can take advantage of discounts for concrete work to driveway aprons and lead walks. 

For more information on resurfacing projects throughout the county, visit the Division of Highway Services’ website or call 311, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 5:00:00 AM |

Monday, October 31, 2011

Extension of Watkins Mill Road Completed

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett celebrated the completion of a 1,500-foot extension of Watkins Mill Road from Frederick Road/MD355 to I-270. In the future, the State will construct an interchange onto I-270, with Watkins Mill bridging over I-270 and becoming a vital east-west transportation link, as designated in the Gaithersburg Vicinity Master Plan. The road will also provide a future link to the Corridor Cities Transitway.  

For now, the new segment provides access to a new townhouse development under construction and will allow development of the Monument Office Park . Kaiser Permanente will build a new road to access their Gaithersburg facility, which is under construction, from Watkins Mill Road . The $7.7 million project was built thanks to a partnership between Montgomery County ’s Department of Transportation (MCDOT), the City of Gaithersburg and BP Realty Investments.

The extension is a four-lane divided roadway that includes a new sidewalk and bikeway. To further improve safety, the traffic signals at 355 and Watkins Mill Road were upgraded. A wildlife management plan, in partnership with the Humane Society of the U.S. , moved vulnerable animals away from the path of the roadway.

For more information about MCDOT’s transportation construction projects, visit the Division of Transportation Engineering’s website.

CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 9:00:00 AM |

Thursday, September 29, 2011

County Helps Fund 10 Intersection Improvements on Some of Heaviest Traveled Roads

The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), in partnership with Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation (MCDOT), recently began a series of intersection improvements on state roads.  MCDOT is helping to fund these enhancements to reduce traffic congestion at selected bottlenecks and improve vehicular and pedestrian safety, because state roads carry the heaviest traffic volumes in the County.

The County’s 50 percent contribution of $3.2 million for the design, right-of-way acquisition and construction costs of these projects has allowed the improvements to move forward more quickly. SHA is designing and constructing the projects.

The intersection improvements are part of a list of priority transportation projects developed by Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and the County Council. Funding for the projects was approved by the County Council as part of the County’s project for State Transportation Participation that began in fiscal year 2007.

The 10 intersection projects and their status are:

  1. Maryland routes 355 and 118, which will extend the existing left-turn lane along southbound Route 355. Under construction.
  2. Maryland Route 27 at Sweepstakes Road. Installation of an exclusive right turn lane on northbound Route 27. Under construction.
  3. Maryland Route 650 at Adelphi Road. Widen southbound Route 650 to accommodate additional through lane, widen Adelphi Road to accommodate double left turn lanes. Under construction.
  4. Maryland Route 355 at East Middle Lane. Extend southbound Route 355 left turn lane. Under construction.
  5. Maryland Route 198 at Dino Road. Widen westbound Route 198 at Dino Road to provide a truck apron to accommodate U-Turns. Under construction.
  6. Maryland Route 107 at Partnership Road. Widen spur to accommodate two lanes. Widen eastbound Route 107 to provide a 10-foot shoulder/bypass lane. Under construction.
  7. Maryland Route 118 at Wisteria Drive and at Middlebrook Road. Extension of northbound left turn lanes. Under construction.
  8. Maryland Route 182 and Norwood Road. Install signal and exclusive left and right turn lanes onto Norwood Road. Construction bids opened. Construction to start October 2011.
  9. Maryland 108 at Bowie Mill Road. Install full signal extension of hiker/biker trail along northbound Route 108. Construction bids opened. Construction to start December 2011.
  10. Maryland Route 185, Washington Street to Saul Road. Construct new sidewalk on southbound Maryland Route 185. Right–of-way acquisition underway. Construction to start March 2012.

 For more information, visit SHA’s website

CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 10:00:00 AM |

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Leggett Celebrates Opening of Woodfield Road Extended; Link Completes Important Road Connection in Damascus Area

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett celebrated the completion of a 3,400-foot extension of Woodfield Road from north of Main Street (Maryland Route 108) to Ridge Road (Maryland Route 27) to provide critical traffic congestion relief and improve safety. Without the extension, an analysis showed that five intersections in Damascus would be inadequate to handle projected traffic volumes by 2010.

The project also reconstructed and widened a 2,000-foot portion of Ridge Road from 500 feet south of Woodfield Road to 1,500 feet north of Woodfield Road. This portion of Ridge Road now has two, 12-foot wide travel lanes, two, four-foot wide paved shoulders and an auxiliary left turn lane at the intersection with Woodfield Road.

The new road extension is a 28-foot wide curbed roadway with two, 14-foot wide lanes. A separate eight-foot wide bikeway/shared use path was built along Woodfield Road Extended and along Ridge Road.

Safety improvements were an important part of the project and included vertical realignment of Ridge Road for better sight distances. Faith Lane was also realigned to intersect Woodfield Road at a point south of Ridge Road.

Environmental features include construction of six acres of offsite reforestation area, 1.3 acres of offsite wetlands and three storm water management facilities.

In addition to the bikeway, the project also includes traffic signals, streetlights, crosswalks, bus stops and Americans with Disabilities Act ramps to ensure the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.

CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 6:00:00 AM |

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Extension of Father Hurley Boulevard Opens

County Executive Ike Leggett celebrated the completion of a 1.2-mile extension of Father Hurley Boulevard from Wisteria Drive to Germantown Road/Maryland 118. This is an important north-south link for Germantown communities separated from the Town Center and I-270 employment corridor by the CSX railroad tracks . from the Town Center and the I-270 employment corridor.

The $11 million extension is a four-lane divided highway that includes a bridge over the railroad tracks. Two retaining walls minimize impacts on adjacent properties. These walls feature a simulated stone pattern that was chosen to mimic what the B&O Railroad built in the early 1900s when the entire Metropolitan Branch was upgraded. At that time engineers used large, rectangular blocks of stone laid horizontally for strength. Many of these structures are still in service on tracks that go though Germantown .

The project also includes a bikeway; street lighting; storm water management features, such as a porous concrete sidewalk; landscaping and reforestation. For more information about this and other construction projects, visit the Division of Transportation Engineering’s website.

CATEGORIES: Projects , Road Repair
POSTED: 10:00:00 AM |

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Cedar Lane Bridge Project Completed Ahead of Schedule

The Cedar Lane Bridge in Bethesda that carries traffic over Rock Creek reopened to traffic on August 5, three weeks ahead of schedule. The bridge was closed to traffic on June 16 to allow MCDOT to refurbish concrete beams and piers that were in poor condition.

The construction is related to transportation improvements in progress to address the increased traffic expected as a result of the Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC) changes at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda . For more information on BRAC, visit the County’s BRAC website.

When the bridge reopened, Ride On bus route 34, which was detoured during the bridge’s closure, returned to its normal routing. For Ride On schedule and route information, visit the Ride On’s website.

CATEGORIES: BRAC , Projects
POSTED: 9:00:00 AM |

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Leggett Celebrates Groundbreaking for County’s EMOC, His First 'Smart Growth Initiative' Construction Project

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett participated in a groundbreaking ceremony on July 13 for the Equipment and Maintenance Operations Center (EMOC).  This is the first of his Smart Growth Initiative (SGI) construction projects that will eventually revitalize an old industrial area by creating an urban village near the Shady Grove Metro station.  Leggett’s SGI is a cost-neutral strategy that will provide substantial economic opportunities for future growth while implementing the goals of the Shady Grove Sector Plan.  The SGI will:

  • Create a transit-oriented bioscience enclave at the Shady Grove Life Sciences Center that will increase the County’s competitiveness;
  • Construct thousands of new housing units;
  • Create new, high-paying jobs;
  • Relocate and replace old, overcrowded and inadequate public facilities;
  • Save $22 million a year on rent payments; and  
  • Create opportunities to protect the agricultural reserve.

The Shady Grove Sector Plan, approved by the County Council in 2005, calls for transitioning the area around the Shady Grove Metro from light industrial uses to transit-oriented housing by building up to 6,500 new units, including affordable and workforce housing.  To accomplish this goal, the County Service Park facilities, located in the heart of the planning area along Crabbs Branch Way, must be relocated.  The facilities that will be moved include EMOC; the Department of Liquor Control Headquarters and Warehouse; Montgomery County Public Schools Food Distribution Center; Bus Depot and Facilities Maintenance Depot; Crabbs Branch Day Labor Center; County Radio Shop; and Park and Planning Facilities Maintenance Depot.

The overall project is designed to achieve a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification by incorporating innovative features. 

For more information about the project, see the press release or go to the Department of General Services website.

CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 9:00:00 AM |

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Highway Services Repairs Sidewalks and Curbs

Repairs are in progress in the Kensington Heights neighborhood in North Kensington.

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, call 311 or email DHS at mcdot.highway@montgomerycountymd.gov

CATEGORIES: Projects , Road Repair
POSTED: 6:00:00 AM |

Thursday, July 28, 2011

New Ramp Open on Southbound US 29 to Access Fairland Road

A new ramp now open from southbound US 29 (Columbia Pike) allows motorists to access both directions of Fairland Road.  Motorists can no longer make right or left turns directly onto Fairland Road from US 29. 

A new flashing beacon at Fairland Road from the relocated southbound US 29 ramp guides motorists to either east or westbound Fairland Road.  The beacon flashes red for motorists on the ramp and yellow for motorists on Fairland Road. 

This new configuration is part of the State Highway Administration’s $2.5 billion Intercounty Connector (ICC) project.  For more information on the new ramp, including a helpful map, visit SHA’s website

CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 1:00:00 AM |

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Paving and Patching Projects Underway

The Department of Transportation’s Division of Highway Services (DHS) recently resurfaced Three Sisters Road, Potomac and Lantern Hollow Drive, North Potomac.   Starting June 20, crews began resurfacing roads in the Griffith Park neighborhood, Sandy Spring and on June 30 in the Hamlet North subdivision, Gaithersburg.

DHS is also repaving Randolph Road, from the CSX railroad tracks to the Rock Creek Bridge.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is the source of funding for the Randolph Road project, which began at the end of June and will take three to four weeks to complete.

Dewey Road, from Randolph Road to Garrett Park Road, Wheaton, was permanently patched in May. 

For all 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 the Hampshire Greens neighborhood, Silver Spring, and a portion of the Fox Hills West neighborhood in Potomac, using micro seal resurfacing.  The remainder of the Fox Hills West neighborhood will be resurfaced next fiscal year.  For these projects, 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.  

CATEGORIES: Projects , Road Repair
POSTED: 6:30:00 AM |

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Highway Services Repairs Sidewalks and Curbs

Repairs are in progress in the Greentree Manor neighborhood, Bethesda and the Greenwood Knolls community, 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, call 311 or email DHS at mcdot.highway@montgomerycountymd.gov

CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 6:00:00 AM |

Thursday, June 30, 2011

State to Begin Intersection Improvements at Sweepstakes Road/Marboro Drive and Ridge Road/MD27

The Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA) expects to begin an intersection improvement project in July at Sweepstakes Road/Marboro Drive and Ridge Road/MD27 in Damascus. The project is expected to be completed this winter.

The project includes building a new 200-foot, exclusive right turn lane carrying traffic from northbound MD27 to eastbound Sweepstakes Road.  The project will include a five foot wide bicycle lane, reconstruction of the existing traffic signal, and other improvements.

For more information on the project, visit MSHA’s website.

CATEGORIES: SHA , Projects
POSTED: 3:30:00 AM |

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Highway Services Repairs Sidewalks and Curbs

With the return of warmer weather, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s Division of Highway Services (DHS) has resumed repairs to sidewalks and curbs as part of its Renew Montgomery program.  Renew Montgomery coordinates Department of Transportation services to improve the infrastructure of older neighborhoods.

Repairs are in progress in the Flower Hill neighborhood, Gaithersburg; and Connecticut Avenue Estates and the Wheaton Woods community in Wheaton.

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, call 311 or email DHS at mcdot.highway@montgomerycountymd.gov.

CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 11:00:00 AM |

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Highway Services Repairs Sidewalks and Curbs

With the return of warmer weather, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s Division of Highway Services (DHS) has resumed repairs to sidewalks and curbs. Two projects under the County’s Renew Montgomery Program began in April and include Wheaton Woods, Wheaton and Connecticut Avenue Estates, Rockville. Renew Montgomery is a comprehensive program which coordinates Department Transportation services to improve the infrastructure of older neighborhoods.
 
The work involves removing and replacing damaged sidewalks and ensuring that curb ramps are accessible to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, removal and replacement of damaged and misaligned curbs and restoration of 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, call 311 or email DHS at mcdot.highway@montgomerycountymd.gov.
CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 7:00:00 AM |

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Henderson Avenue Storm Drain and Roadway Project Underway

Following a request from residents, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s Division of Transportation Engineering (DTE) has begun a project on Henderson Avenue in Wheaton to improve drainage and roadway conditions. The project extends from east of Georgia Avenue to Wheaton Regional Park (about one-half mile). DTE will install curbs and gutters, inlets, storm drain pipes and two stormwater treatment facilities, and repave the road. When the project is complete, Henderson Avenue will be 25-feet wide, with one lane of on-street parking and two lanes of through traffic. 
 
One lane of traffic will remain open at all times throughout construction, which is expected to take about 10 months.  
 
More information is available on the County’s website
CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 6:00:00 AM |

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Silver Spring Parking Projects

A number of parking projects may be of interest to downtown Silver Spring commuters and visitors:

The King Street parking lot has been sold to a Rockville developer as part of a public-private project to build market rate and affordable housing. The new Galaxy Apartment Complex will feature an underground garage with 160 spaces open to the public. Construction has started, and the County expects to open the new garage this fall.

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation closed a large portion of the Bonifant Street Parking Garage for major maintenance. The Dixon Avenue entrance and the bridge over Bonifant Street are both closed. There is still plenty of parking in the garage, but motorists must use the Bonifant Street entrance. Construction should be done by early 2012.

Most of the Spring-Colesville Garage has been closed, but a limited number of short-term parking spaces are open on the ground floor. Long-term parking remains readily available in two nearby garages: the Ellsworth-Roeder Town Square Garage, located at 801 Ellsworth Drive and the Spring-Cameron Garage located at 8700 Cameron Street .

For more information about the County’s parking options in Silver Spring , as well as Bethesda , Wheaton and Montgomery Hills, go to the Division of Parking Management’s website.

CATEGORIES: Parking , Projects
POSTED: 6:30:00 AM |

Monday, February 28, 2011

Montgomery County Department of Transportation Receives Nearly $15.4 Million in ARRA Funds

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 -- intended 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. 

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.  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 received nearly $1.75 million for four projects to improve traffic flow and traffic and pedestrian safety. 

More information about the projects is available on the County’s website.  Information about other ARRA funds awarded to the County is also available on the County’s website.

CATEGORIES: News , Projects
POSTED: 6:00:00 AM |

Monday, February 28, 2011

Reconstruction of Cedar Lane over Rock Creek to Begin this Winter

Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation’s Division of Transportation Engineering will soon begin reconstructing the bridge that carries Cedar Lane over Rock Creek.  The bridge was originally constructed in 1959 and is used by more than 12,500 vehicles a day.  A routine inspection found that the bridge superstructure and pier caps need to be reconstructed. 

During the first phase of the project this winter, a fabricator will construct and install a temporary pedestrian bridge across Rock Creek.  A trail south of the bridge will also be built.  Phase two of the project will begin at the end of the school year.  Cedar Lane will be closed and vehicles will be detoured. 

More information about the project is available on the County’s website

CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 3:00:00 AM |

Monday, February 28, 2011

Making Landscaping or Other Changes on Storm Drain Easements Can Cause Flooding

Residents should be aware that placing landscaping, such as river stones or planters, or structures, such as a decks, sheds, or fences, within the area on their property reserved for drainage is prohibited. These items can cause flooding downstream if they interfere with the drainage system.

Homeowners may not be aware that the deed to their property may have designated storm water or storm drain easements that handle water runoff. These easements reserve a swatch of land about 15 to 20 feet wide for drainage, either above or below ground. They are typically found in front of a house, running parallel to the road, but may also be in side or back yards.

Residents should check the deeds on their property for a drainage easement before building a structure or an addition or installing landscaping. To make changes to an easement location, residents must obtain a “revocable permit” from the Department of Permitting Services.

For more information about storm drain easements or permits to build on them, call 311, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
CATEGORIES: Projects , Safety
POSTED: 2:00:00 AM |

Friday, January 28, 2011

New Glenmont 'Green' Garage Will Double Number of Parking Spaces at Popular Metro Station

On January 18, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett joined federal, state and local officials in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Glenmont Metro Station parking garage. The garage will be a LEED certified building, helping the County attain its sustainability goals. This second garage at Glenmont Station, which will be located on the west side of Georgia Avenue , replaces one of the station’s Kiss & Ride lots and will add 1,200 parking spaces. When the garage is completed, there will be 3,000 parking spaces at Glenmont.

Commuters displaced from the Kiss & Ride lot during construction will be able to use the other Kiss & Ride lot on the east side of Georgia Avenue . To further accommodate commuters during construction, U.S. Congressman Chris Van Hollen obtained a $500,000 federal earmark towards the purchase of two new buses, thereby enhancing the frequency of Ride On bus service to the station. Ride On’s Route 51 bus increased service by 33 percent, or eight additional trips, from the 235-space Norbeck Park and Ride Lot, located one-quarter mile east of Georgia Avenue . The upgraded service began in September.

Most end-of-line Metro stations have at least 3,000 parking spaces to encourage commuters coming from areas with fewer transit options to use alternative transportation for at least part of their trip. The lack of available parking at Glenmont causes many commuters who wish to take transit to actually drive further to find space in another parking garage, or even forgo the use of transit altogether.

Metro is managing the design/build project for the County and has contracted with Forrester Construction Company, a Rockville firm. When completed, the garage will be operated and maintained by Metro.

 

CATEGORIES: Metro , Parking , Projects , News
POSTED: 8:00:00 AM |

Friday, January 28, 2011

Stairwell to Silver Spring Garage Serving Metro to Temporarily Close

On Monday, January 24, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation Division of Parking Management closed the stairwell in the northwest corner of the Dixon/Bonifant parking garage to make immediate repairs. The stairwell will be closed through March.

For more information, call the Division of Parking Management at 240 777-8740.

 

CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 4:00:00 AM |

Monday, November 29, 2010

Road Paving Update

As road paving season ends with the start of cold weather, the Division of Highway Services (DHS) is winding down its resurfacing activities.

DHS has completed resurfacing of Avery Road and completed full depth patching work on Fields Road and Omega Drive. 

In progress are repair and resurfacing of Democracy Lane between Seven Locks Road and Falls Road/Maryland Route 189 and resurfacing of Observation Road between Ridge Road/Maryland 27 and the County line. 

DHS is also completing patching and resurfacing of neighborhood roads in Burnt Mills Hills; Potomac Falls/Great Falls Estates; and Ballinger Drive from Robey Road to Wexhall Drive, all of which should be completed by December. 

DHS is also finishing concrete repairs to curbs, gutters, and sidewalks in Kensington Heights, the Oranges subdivision, and Greentree Manor subdivision.

For more information on these and other road maintenance projects, visit Highway Services’ website or call 311.

CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 6:00:00 AM |

Monday, November 29, 2010

Update on Bradley Boulevard Improvements Study: Public Comments Accepted Until December 8

In response to a request from the South Bradley Hills Civic Association for greater pedestrian access along Bradley Boulevard, MCDOT held a public workshop on November 10 and presented three new alternatives for public input.  The proposed project extends from Wilson Lane to Goldsboro Road and includes the following options:

  1. Sidewalk on the north side of Bradley Boulevard with consistent bikeable shoulders
  2. Sidewalk on both sides of Bradley Boulevard with consistent bikeable shoulders
  3. Eight-foot shared use path (reduced from 12 feet) on the north side and a sidewalk on the south side of Bradley Boulevard with consistent bikeable shoulders.

Comments on these latest alternatives will be accepted from the community until December 8.  Email or call 240-777-7231.  For more information on the project, go to the County’s website

 

CATEGORIES: Pedestrian Safety , Projects
POSTED: 4:00:00 AM |

Monday, November 29, 2010

SHA Begins Resurfacing Section of University Boulevard This Month

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) has begun resurfacing 1.4 miles of University Boulevard (Maryland Route 193) between Arcola Avenue and US 29 (Colesville Road). In preparation for the winter, the first stage is temporary asphalt patching to smooth out the most damaged sections of roadway. 

Under the project, the road will be ground, patched and resurfaced,; sidewalks and ramps will be reconstructed to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements; inlets and pipes will be cleaned and repaired; repair and/or replace curbs, gutters and guardrails will be repaired and/or replaced; and new pavement markings will be installed. SHA expects the work to be completed in fall 2011. 

For more information, contact SHA at 1-800-749-0737 or SHADistrict@sha.state.md.us.

CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 1:00:00 AM |

Friday, October 29, 2010

DOT Successfully Helps Forest Glen to Get Train Crossing Declared First Quiet Zone in Maryland

Starting November 1, trains moving through an at-grade railroad crossing at Forest Glen Road in Silver Spring will no longer be required to blow their loud whistles after a two-year effort by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT). The crossing will be the first “Quiet Zone” of its type in Maryland.
 
In February, MCDOT installed a median barrier as a first step to ensure safety. The barrier prevents cars from going around the gates that come down when a train is coming.  It also added protection for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers using enhanced crosswalks, lighting and signage. MCDOT also plans to put a sidewalk on either side of the tracks to make the area more walkable.
 
MCDOT was first contacted by the Rock Creek Hills neighborhood association about the noise in 2000.  However, following a rule change by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in June 2005, the noise level became worse. The rule, “Use of Locomotive Horns at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings” requires locomotive horns to be sounded as a warning to highway users at public highway-railroad crossings.  The rule pre-empted any state or local laws that allowed for “whistle bans.”
 
MCDOT worked with the County Council, Federal and State officials, neighborhood representatives, and other stakeholders to find a solution. Specific safety improvements that provide the same calculated level of accident risk reduction as a train locomotive horn had to be in place before the FRA could designate the area as a Quiet Zone.
 
FRA accident reports state that three vehicle-train crashes occurred at the site in the last three decades.  Two of the three crashes (in 1977 and in 1985) involved a vehicle driving around the lowered automated gates. The third accident (in 2000) consisted of a backhoe being struck while working on the tracks.
 
CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 4:00:00 AM |

Friday, October 29, 2010

Nebel Street Extension Underway

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s Division of Transportation Engineering has begun an extension to Nebel Street in Rockville, from Randolph Road north to the existing segment behind Target. The current street -- that runs from the intersection of Bou Avenue and Chapman Avenue -- was previously built by a developer. Improving the road network in this area is an important component of the Master Plan to help reduce congestion on Rockville Pike and provide improved access for motorists, bikers, and pedestrians. 
 
The new road segment will be four lanes wide, with a sidewalk, an asphalt bike path, streetlights, and landscape trees. Improvements will be made to the intersection of Nebel and Randolph, and modifications made to the signal at Bou and Chapman. In addition to connecting residents with retail stores in the area, the newly extended road will serve the White Flint and Twinbrook Metro stations and a proposed MARC station at Montrose Crossing.
 
The $14 million project is expected to be completed by the end of 2011. 
CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 2:00:00 AM |

Friday, July 30, 2010

County Begins Work to Improve and Extend Watkins Mill Road; Road is Vital East-West Transportation Link for MARC and Future Corridor Cities Transitway

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s Division of Transportation Engineering has begun construction of Watkins Mill Road Extended, designated in the Gaithersburg Vicinity Master Plan as a vital east-west link. The project will connect Watkins Mill Road east of I-270 to Frederick Road/Maryland Route 355 and, ultimately, to the Metropolitan Grove station and interim terminus for the Corridor Cities Transitway. In the future, the State will build an interchange at I-270 and Watkins Mill Road to relieve congestion at the Maryland 124/I-270 interchange, and the Frederick Road/Montgomery Village Avenue and Quince Orchard Road/Clopper Road intersections.  
 
Under an agreement with the County and the City of Gaithersburg, a private developer, BP Realty Investments, constructed a four-lane portion of Watkins Mill Road, from west of I-270 to an existing section of road east of Clopper Road/Maryland Route 117. The developer is paying for nearly one-fourth of the Watkins Mill Road Extended project and the County and the City are paying the remaining amount. The developer also dedicated the land for the future interchange and a new 6th District County Police Station.  
 
Watkins Mill Road Extended will be a six-lane highway that includes a sidewalk, a bike path and street lighting. A wildlife management plan, conducted in partnership with the Humane Society of the United States, has helped move vulnerable animals away from the path of the project.
 
The road should be completed next summer at a cost of $7.7 million. 
 
CATEGORIES: Projects , Road Repair
POSTED: 11:00:00 AM |

Friday, July 30, 2010

White Oak Transit Improvements Completed

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation recently completed construction of a series of customer service enhancements for Ride On and Metrobus riders in White Oak. The upgrades will help meet the transit needs of White Oak’s more than 1,200 daily passengers, which is expected to double by 2013. 
 
The transit upgrades include six new bus shelters on Lockwood Drive at the White Oak Shopping Center. Passenger waiting areas now have benches, low-level lighting, trash cans, streetlights, pedestrian crossings, and landscaping. Additionally, curbs and sidewalks on both sides of Lockwood were reconstructed and traffic calming devices installed, including two additional concrete medians.
 
The cost of these improvements was $1.6 million. Since 2003, with the consolidation of U.S. Food and Drug Administration in White Oak, almost 4,600 employees have relocated to the campus. 
CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 10:00:00 AM |

Friday, July 30, 2010

Highway Services Continues Paving and Concrete Repair Projects

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.  
CATEGORIES: Projects , Road Repair , Cleaning
POSTED: 9:00:00 AM |

Friday, July 30, 2010

Transportation Update Videos Now Available on Website

Each week, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s Community Outreach office produces the “Go Montgomery Transportation Update,” a 60-second news video that airs on the half hour on Montgomery Cable Channel 6 during morning and evening rush hours. During rush hours, viewers can also check road conditions or delays as the Transportation Management Center (TMC) provides views from its 750 intersection cameras. 
 
The latest video clips of Transportation Update are now available on the County’s website. The Updates cover capital projects, road maintenance work, upcoming public hearings and topics of general interest for anyone traveling in the County. TMC traffic cameras are also accessible on the website, or check Transportation Engineering’s website for the latest road incidents, construction closures, and special events impacting local streets.
CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 5:00:00 AM |

Friday, July 30, 2010

Public Advised Nighttime Work at the Silver Spring Transit Center to Begin in August

Beginning the week of August 23, residents and employees in the vicinity of the Silver Spring Transit Center (SSTC) site – bordered by Colesville Road, the Metro Red Line Station, Wayne Avenue and Ramsey Avenue – are advised that crews will begin nighttime concrete deliveries and work between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. every other week through January. Working at night will keep the public’s exposure to truck traffic at a minimum and increase safety for transit users near the site. 
 
The concrete work is expected to take place during the following weeks: September 7 and 21; October 5 and 19; November 2, 16 and 30; December 14 and 28; and January 11 and 25.  The concrete work is weather dependent, so dates may vary. 
 
Each weekly concrete “pour” will deliver about 600 cubic yards of concrete – equivalent to about 65 loads. Twenty trucks will go back and forth between the concrete plant and the SSTC to deliver the concrete.
 
For more information about the SSTC, check the County’s Department of General Services website.
CATEGORIES: Projects , SSTC
POSTED: 3:00:00 AM |

Monday, June 28, 2010

Construction Crews to Work at Night on Silver SpringTransitCenter Project for Three Months

Earlier this month, crews began relocating utilities on Colesville Road for the Silver Spring Transit Center. The work will take about three months and will be conducted at night, Sundays through Thursdays, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning.  Colesville Road will be fully opened to traffic by 5 a.m. every morning.
 
The new Transit Center will be located next to the MetroRail station in downtown Silver Spring. It will bring together buses, Metrorail and MARC trains, and bikeways into one facility. A mixed-use project with two towers of apartments and condominiums and a 200-room hotel will be located above the center. 
 
For more information, visit the Department of General Services’ website
CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 5:00:00 AM |

Friday, May 28, 2010

Highway Services Continues Spring Paving and Concrete Repair Projects

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 are receiving attention now that the warmer weather allows 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.

Work on the following residential neighborhoods is scheduled to begin in this spring: Wildwood Hills, Bethesda; Olney Mill, Olney; Kemp Mill Estates, Silver Spring; and Maplewood, Bethesda.

Arterial roads that will be resurfaced using hot mix asphalt are: Carroll Avenue, from Piney Branch Road (Maryland Route 320) to University Boulevard (Maryland 193); Blueridge Avenue, from Georgia Avenue to Amherst Avenue; Fenton Street, from Wayne Avenue to 410 Philadelphia Avenue; and Emory Lane, from Muncaster Mill Road to Hillcroft Road.

Arterial roads that will be resurfaced using a micro surface process are: Muddy Branch Road, from Diamondback Drive to Darnestown Road (Maryland Route 28) and Norbeck Road, from Layhill Road to New Hampshire Avenue. 

In addition, DOT will repair sidewalks and curbs this summer in the Germantown Park, Germantown; Tanglewood, Silver Spring; Longmead Crossing, Silver Spring; Plyers Mill Estates/ Carroll Knolls, Silver Spring; Wheaton Woods, Wheaton; Garrett Park; Greentree Manor, Bethesda; and Oranges neighborhoods.  The work involves removing and replacing damaged sidewalks and ensuring that curb ramps are accessible to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, removal and replacement of damaged and misaligned curbs and restoration of disturbed areas with soil, grass seed and straw mulch.  While DOT 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 homeowners property line). 

For more information, email DHS at mcdot.highway@montgomerycountymd.gov or call 240-777-6000.

CATEGORIES: Road Repair , Projects , News
POSTED: 7:00:00 AM |

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Glen Echo Rehabilitation Project

Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation’s (MCDOT) Residential Road Rehabilitation program continues in the Glen Echo community. In response to County Executive Isiah Leggett’s call for a more systematic approach to maintaining the County’s transportation infrastructure, MCDOT responded by rating the condition of every road. Under this program, Glen Echo had many streets rated very poor. 
 
Due to the size and scope of the project, improvements are being made in two phases, with work in Tulip Hill and Mohican Hills completed last summer, and improvements to Glen Echo Heights starting this spring. A total of 18 lane-miles of road will be reconstructed at a projected cost of almost $4 million dollars. 
 
This summer, 16 lane miles of concrete and asphalt work will begin in Forest Glen to rehabilitate that neighborhood. 
 
DOT does not widen or alter the character of the streets in these communities and takes special care to preserve the trees in the right-of-way during construction. 
 
For more information, visit the County’s website or call MCDOT’s Customer Service Line at 240-777-6000.
CATEGORIES: Projects , Budget
POSTED: 10:42:00 AM |

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Road Work Zones Create Hazards for Workers and Travelers

Drivers and pedestrians are urged to be extremely cautious when approaching any road work site while the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) or other agencies make much needed improvements to the transportation infrastructure. Repair work underway means personnel and construction vehicles are moving around the site, or construction materials may be stored in the area.   When driving through the area, follow the direction of flaggers and temporary signs and traffic control devices. 
 
For a listing of selected construction or maintenance activities affecting traffic, bike, and pedestrian travel, visit MCDOT's website.
CATEGORIES: Projects , Safety
POSTED: 10:34:00 AM |

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Anacostia River Watershed Restoration Plan Released

On April 19, a plan was released that details a clear path to restore and revitalize the entire Anacostia watershed over the next 10 years. Two years in development, the Plan is a result of a partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore District, Montgomery County, the District of Columbia, Prince George’s County, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland Department of the Environment, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Anacostia Watershed Citizens Advisory Committee.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett joined Governor Martin O’Malley; U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Steny H.. Hoyer; U.S. Representatives Donna Edwards, Chris Van Hollen and Eleanor Holmes Norton; Prince George’s County Executive Jack Johnson and other key state and local officials for the release of the Anacostia River Watershed Restoration Plan.

Local efforts are playing an important part in restoring the Anacostia watershed. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) supports programs that play an important role in keeping local streams clean. Adopt A Road participants reported picking up nearly 2,000 bags of roadside litter in fiscal year 2009. Volunteers in the Storm Drain Marker Program placed signs on hundreds of storm drain inlets urging the public not to use storm drains as trash cans for litter or other pollutants.

For more information on these programs, call MCDOT Community Outreach at 240-777-7155.
CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 10:32:00 AM |

Friday, February 26, 2010

MontgomeryCountyTransportation Projects to Benefit from Federal Recovery Act Funds

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that Maryland will receive $14.8 million under the competitive TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Discretionary Grant Program designated for innovative, multi-modal and multi-jurisdictional transportation projects. The TIGER application was submitted by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments on behalf of its member jurisdictions and the states of Maryland and Virginia.
 
The funds will be used to construct three projects benefiting Montgomery and Prince George’s counties: the Takoma Langley Transit Center, a major transit hub for Montgomery County’s Ride On bus system, and priority bus corridor enhancements along University Boulevard and Veirs Mill Road.
 
The Takoma Langley Transit Center project received $12.3 million to supplement matching funds of $2.5 million each from Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and $7.3 million from WMATA’s Transportation Infrastructure Investments fund. The transit center will be located at the intersection of University Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue, on the border of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. The eight bus stops and 11 bus routes that currently serve this location make it the busiest non-Metrorail transit terminal in the region. The project will consolidate these scattered bus stops at the heavily used bus transfer point into one facility that will also serve as a station on the future Purple Line. The new facility will have bus bays, pedestrian walkways, a full canopy, restrooms, lighting and real time bus information.
 
TIGER funds will also provide 100 percent of project funding for two other projects: $1.26 million for University Boulevard in both counties and $265,000 for Veirs Mill Road for priority bus corridor enhancements. These two corridors are among those identified by WMATA as having the majority of bus riders in the region. To improve speed and reliability, these corridors will be enhanced by queue jumpers, traffic transit signal priority timing, bus stop improvements and real time bus information.  
CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 4:00:00 AM |

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Final Segment of Silver Spring's Pedestrian Linkages Project Opens

The South Silver Spring Pedestrian Linkages Project was completed in December when officials opened Bottleworks Lane, a one-way street connecting East West Highway and Kennett Street. This key County project is designed to enhance pedestrian safety, business development and overall livability in an emerging South Silver Spring community. The roadway runs beside Gramax Towers, a 15-story former office building that stood vacant for 15 years before being converted into 182 housing units. 
 
Developed by the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs over ten years, the linkages project consists of eight segments of convenient, safe and attractive pedestrian walkways through South Silver Spring. The links help overcome the inconvenience and isolation created by the unusually large block pattern in the area.
 
The name “Bottleworks Lane” was selected for the final segment in recognition of the former Canada Dry Factory that was located near this link. Bottleworks Lane includes pedestrian lighting, parking meters and a water filtration system that collects runoff before it enters the storm water management system.
 
For more information, go to the County’s website.  
 
 
CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 8:54:00 PM |

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New Randolph Road Traffic Pattern at Rockville Pike

Earlier this month, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) significantly shifted traffic patterns at the new interchange of Rockville Pike and Randolph Road. The change was originally scheduled for December, but was delayed due to the December 19 snow storm.
 
The new traffic patterns are described below:
 
1) Motorists traveling west on Randolph Road beyond Rockville Pike must now use Montrose Parkway, which connects to Randolph near Maple and Chapman avenues. Westbound traffic will have direct access from Randolph Road to the new underpass beneath Rockville Pike. Drivers wishing to access I-270 or all other points west simply stay on westbound Montrose Parkway, as the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has now opened the last segment of Montrose Parkway between East Jefferson and “old” Old Georgetown Road.
 
2) While a new ramp is constructed, motorists driving west on Randolph Road will not be able to turn left or right onto Rockville Pike. Drivers will be required to follow westbound Montrose Parkway, go under Rockville Pike, make an immediate right onto “old” Old Georgetown Road and then another right onto Montrose Road to get to Rockville Pike. Drivers will then be able to turn left to go north or right to go south.
 
3) Motorists driving north on Rockville Pike will no longer be allowed to turn left at Montrose Road. Drivers wishing to access westbound Montrose Road are required to use the new exit ramp to Montrose Parkway. At the bottom of the ramp, drivers take a left at the new signal onto westbound Montrose Parkway, make an immediate right onto “old” Old Georgetown Road and then turn left onto Montrose Road.
 
4) Motorists driving west on Randolph Road are no longer allowed to cross over Rockville Pike to access Montrose Road. To access Montrose Road from westbound Randolph Road, drivers take westbound Montrose Parkway, pass under Rockville Pike, make an immediate right onto “old” Old Georgetown Road and then a left onto Montrose Road.
 
To view a map, go to MCDOT’s website. For more details on the interchange project, see SHA’s website. The new traffic pattern is part of the $47.2 million MD 355/Montrose Parkway/Randolph Road interchange project in Montgomery County, which should be completed in late fall 2010.
 
For more information about Maryland Route 355 or any State numbered roadway in Montgomery County, call SHA’s District 3 office at 1-800-749-0737.
CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 8:52:00 PM |

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

State Begins Resurfacing Project on New Hampshire Avenue

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) has begun a $1.4 million safety and resurfacing project for New Hampshire Avenue between Route 410 and Holton Lane in Takoma Park. The work is expected to continue through spring 2010. 
CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 10:35:00 AM |

Monday, November 30, 2009

Planning Studies in Progress by Transportation Engineering

Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Engineering (DTE), is in the first stages of developing concept plans and obtaining public input on four projects:
 
1) Possible extension of Roberts Tavern Drive in Clarksburg, currently located between Observation Drive and Latrobe Lane, to Maryland Route 355. Goals for the project include diverting regional traffic around Clarksburg Town Center and its historic district, providing congestion relief, expanding neighborhood connections, and enhancing access to bikeways.
 
2) The addition of sidewalks along Central Avenue from Maryland Route 355 to Oakmont Street; on Oakmont Street from Central to Oakmont avenues; and on Oakmont Avenue, from Oakmont Street to the Washington Grove MARC train station. Sidewalks would provide better pedestrian and bicycle access between Oakmont Manor, Washington Grove Elementary School, Gaithersburg High School, Bohrer Park, shopping, restaurants and places of worship. The sidewalks project is being addressed in response to requests from the Oakmont Manor neighborhood in Gaithersburg.
 
DTE staff will hold a meeting to give the public an opportunity to provide input on the project on Thursday, December 3 at the Washington
Grove Elementary School, 8712 Oakmont Street, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
 
3) The addition of a sidewalk and bikeway along Bradley Boulevard between Wilson Lane and Goldsboro Road to provide better neighborhood access to transit, commercial districts, schools, and recreation.
 
4) Possible roadway improvements for East Gude Drive in Rockville will be studied. The improvements include sidewalks, bikeways and widening of the road . DTE staff will hold a meeting to give the public an opportunity to provide input on the project on Monday, December 7 at the Earle B. Wood Middle School, 14615 Bauer Drive, Rockville, from 7 to 9 p.m.
 
Another project, the Seven Locks Road Sidewalk and Bikeway, which runs from Montrose Road to Bradley Boulevard, is in the next stage of planning with preliminary engineering underway. The public is invited to a workshop to discuss the plans on Wednesday, December 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Heights School, Chesterton Hall, 10400 Seven Locks Road, Potomac. 
 
The proposed improvements for this road section include:
  • Two 11-foot-wide travel lanes plus five-foot-wide on-road bike lanes along both sides of Seven Locks Road.
  • An eight-foot off-road shared use bike path on the west side of Seven Locks Road.
  • A five-foot-wide sidewalk on the east side of Seven Locks Road.
  • An eight-foot-wide off-road shared use path along Montrose Road between Seven Locks Road and the I-270 ramp.
  • Northbound and eastbound auxiliary through lanes at the intersection of Seven Locks Road and Tuckerman Lane.
Residents with comments on any of these projects can contact the Division of Transportation at dcd.planning@montgomerycountymd.gov, 240-777-7220 or 100 Edison Park Drive, 4th Floor, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.
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POSTED: 2:06:00 PM |

Monday, November 30, 2009

Highway Services Wrapping Up Work on Huntmaster Road Bridge

The Division of Highway Services is completing a bridge improvement project on Huntmaster Road in the Laytonsville area to redeck and repave the bridge, as well as replace the guardrail along the bridge. The bridge has been closed for about four weeks during the construction project.
CATEGORIES: Projects , Bridges
POSTED: 2:05:00 PM |

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Montgomery County Urges Drivers to Slow Down and Respect Pedestrians Who Use White Canes

To recognize the importance of National White Cane Day on October 15, the 45th anniversary of this annual event, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett urged drivers to be cautious when encountering a visually impaired pedestrian with a white cane or a guide dog. Leggett has made pedestrian safety a priority of his administration, and an important component in reaching the goal of making the county a more walkable community is educating both drivers and pedestrians about the steps they can take to prevent pedestrian collisions.

White Cane Day has been celebrated since 1964 and now focuses on recognizing the independence of the blind and their right to participate fully in society. Every state throughout the nation has a white cane law that addresses pedestrian safety for the blind and guarantees civil rights protections.

According to Philip Strong’s History of White Cane Safety Day, “It was not until the twentieth century that the white cane was promoted for use by the blind as a symbol to alert others to the fact that an individual was blind.”

For more information, go to the National Federation for the Blind’s website, For information about Montgomery County’s disability services, go to the County’s website.
CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 2:41:00 PM |

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

White Oak Transit and Pedestrian Improvements

The Division of Transportation Engineering recently started construction on customer service enhancements to help meet the increasing transit needs of White Oak Ride On and Metrobus riders. Since 2003, with the consolidation of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in White Oak, almost 4,600 employees have relocated to the campus. By 2013, this number will double. More than 1,200 daily passengers currently use the White Oak bus stops.

The transit upgrades include six new bus shelters on Lockwood Drive at the White Oak Shopping Center. Passenger waiting areas will include benches, low-level lighting, trash cans, streetlights, pedestrian crossings and landscaping. Additional work will include reconstruction of curbs and sidewalks on both sides of Lockwood and installation of traffic calming devices, including two additional concrete medians.

The cost of these improvements is about $1.6 million. The project is expected to be completed by next spring. For more information, visit the County’s website.
CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 2:40:00 PM |

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Father Hurley Boulevard Extended Project Begins This Fall

This fall, the Division of Transportation Engineering (DTS) will begin construction on a project to extend Father Hurley 1.2 miles from Wisteria Drive to Germantown Road (Maryland Route 118). The project should provide much needed traffic congestion relief in the Germantown Road corridor.

The new road will be a four-lane divided highway and include a bridge carrying traffic over the CSX railroad tracks; an eight-foot-wide bikeway along the west side of the road; a five-foot-wide sidewalk along the east side; street lighting; stormwater management features; landscaping; and reforestation.

The road should be completed in the spring of 2011. For more information about the project, go to the County’s website.
CATEGORIES: Projects
POSTED: 2:39:00 PM |

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Transportation Projects Receive Federal Recovery Funds

Montgomery County is requesting $14.2 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds from the federal government that will be dedicated to transportation projects. The funds would be used to:

  • Install an uninterruptible power supply/battery backup for about 40 traffic signals to prevent outages during electrical power losses;
  • Install streetlights on MD 124;
  • Install communication lines to support field devices and the traffic signal system modernization program;
  • Upgrade traffic warning signs;
  • Upgrade guardrail end treatments;
  • Resurface several primary roads, including Barnesville Road between Mt. Ephraim Road and Route 117; Shady Grove Road between I-270 and Darnestown Road; Forest Glen Road between Georgia Avenue and Brunett Avenue; Old Columbia Pike between Spencerville Road and the US 29 Columbia Pike ramp; and Randolph Road from east of the Nebel Street railroad tracks to the Rock Creek Bridge.

 The County’s website tracks how the nation’s stimulus funds are being used to improve the local economy and achieve County Executive Isiah Leggett’s customer results for his priority objectives. For more information on the County's overall request for stimulus funding under the ARRA, see the County’s recovery site.

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POSTED: 11:01:00 AM |
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