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Monday, April 30, 2012

MCDOT Begins New Residential Road Maintenance Projects

The Division of Highway Services (DHS) will begin a repaving project on Seven Locks Road in early May that will take about 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 will also begin concrete curb, gutter and sidewalk repairs in the Longmead Crossing Community in Silver Spring in early May. 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). 
 
To view the current schedules for these and other road maintenance projects, visit the Division of Highway Services website
CATEGORIES: Road Repair
POSTED: 11:10:00 AM |

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Repair Work on Barnesville Road to be Complete in April

Barnesville Road was closed in early March due to a culvert failure that undermined the road at Bucklodge Creek, near the intersection of Peach Tree Road. Highway Services crews are replacing the 60-inch culvert pipe and repairing the roadway. 
 
All work should be completed and the road reopened to traffic by mid-April, weather permitting. For information, call 311 Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
CATEGORIES: Road Repair
POSTED: 5:00:00 AM |

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Resurfacing Begun on Travilah Road and Wightman Road using ARRA Funds; Highway Services Completes Other Projects

The Division of Highway Services began work this month to improve both Travilah and Wightman roads using stimulus funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to improve primary federal roads.

In the spring. both roads will be resurfaced, using hot mix asphalt, after crews complete full depth patching, pavement milling, utility adjustments and crack sealing this month. 

Other permanent patching projects completed this fall include Fawsett Farms Manor and River Falls neighborhoods in Potomac; Olney Village community, Olney; and Parkside neighborhood in Bethesda.

In addition, Highway Services completed concrete curb and sidewalk repairs in the Kensington Heights community.

For more information on resurfacing projects throughout the County, visit the Division of Highway Services’ website.  For information on ARRA projects in Montgomery County, visit the County’s Recovery and Reinvestment website.

CATEGORIES: Road Repair
POSTED: 9:00:00 AM |

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Nine New Residential Road Maintenance Projects Underway

Nine road maintenance projects by the Division of Highway Services (DHS) are beginning or are underway in local subdivisions:

  • Local streets in the Park Overlook subdivision are being resurfaced with hot mix asphalt. 
  • Gold Mine Road is receiving permanent, structural patching, which is a cost-effective way to maintain roadway structural integrity.
  • Lockwood Drive, Shakespeare Boulevard and Observation Drive have received pavement preservation treatments, in which crews complete full depth patching in deteriorated pavement, seal cracks and apply micro-resurfacing material.
  • DHS is installing concrete curbs and gutters and making sidewalk repairs in the following communities: the Tivoli subdivision, Ken-Gar community; Glenmont Hills community, Greencastle Lakes community and Longmead Crossing subdivision. 

Get more information on resurfacing projects and concrete improvements at the DHS website or call 311, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CATEGORIES: Road Repair
POSTED: 9:00:00 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 |

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 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, 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 |

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Paving Projects Underway

Battery Lane, Old Columbia Pike and Potomac Falls Neighborhood

The Department of Transportation’s Division of Highway Services (DHS) is resurfacing Battery Lane in Bethesda, from Wisconsin Avenue to Old Georgetown Road.  The Battery Lane work began May 9 and should take about three to four weeks.

DHS is also repaving Old Columbia Pike, from Spencerville Road (MD 198) to Columbia Pike (US 29).   The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is the source of funding for the Old Columbia Pike project, which began in April and is expected to be completed in early July. 

For both projects, 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. 

Work is also planned to begin to preserve roads in the Potomac Falls neighborhood using micro seal resurfacing.  For this project, DHS will patch areas of distressed pavement; make utility adjustments; seal cracks; restore the lane markings; and use a micro seal material that fills cracks and small voids and extends the life of the road pavement.  The project will begin in early June and should take about a week.

CATEGORIES: Road Repair
POSTED: 11:30:00 AM |

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

State Highway Administration Begins Road Repair Projects

The Maryland State Highway Administration began the following three road repair projects in early May:

  • Resurfacing of less than one mile of MD 355 (Rockville Pike) between MD 911 (First Street) and Templeton Place should be completed in early June.
  • Overnight road patching on MD 28 (Norbeck Road) between MD 97 (Georgia Avenue) and the bridge over Rock Creek Trail, just south of Baltimore Road, should be completed in late May.  Following these repairs, the road will be resurfaced in early summer.
  • Resurfacing of 1.5 miles of MD 186 (Brookville Road) between Western Avenue and MD 410 (East West Highway) should be completed in late June.
CATEGORIES: SHA , Road Repair
POSTED: 4:00:00 AM |

Thursday, March 31, 2011

With the Advent of Spring, Highway Services Resumes Road Repairs and Reconstruction

Forest Glen Neighborhood in Silver Spring ;

With the return of warmer weather, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Residential Road Rehabilitation program has resumed in the Forest Glen community.

In response to the County Executive ’s call for a more systematic approach to maintaining the County’s transportation infrastructure, MCDOT responded by rating the condition of every County road. Under this program, Forest Glen had many streets rated very poor. This project, which involves reconstructing 16 lane miles of roads, sidewalks and curbs, was begun last year and should be completed this fall.

MCDOT will not widen or alter the character of the streets in Forest Glen. Typical steps include developing a tree protection plan; identifying curbs and sidewalks needing repair, then reconstructing them; replacing driveway aprons for residents who opt into this program; making extensive pavement repairs; milling the road surface; and finally resurfacing the streets with hot mix asphalt.

Damascus

MCDOT is also resuming its pavement preservation program, which is temperature dependent. Resurfacing roads with hot mix asphalt is one of the long-term strategies the County is using to preserve and enhance transportation infrastructure.

Paving of streets in the Plantations subdivision in Damascus began this month and is expected to be completed in three to four weeks, weather permitting. 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.
CATEGORIES: Road Repair
POSTED: 7:30:00 AM |

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spring is Here and the Potholes are Blooming

Spring is upon us and that means that, along with the flowers, potholes are appearing as well. Division of Highway Services crews and contractors will be working all spring and summer making needed repairs.

Residents can easily report potholes online by going to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/potholes or by calling 311. Provide details about the exact location -- the street address nearest the pothole or a landmark. Highway’s goal is to fix potholes within 36 hours after the time it was reported.

CATEGORIES: Road Repair
POSTED: 4:00:00 AM |

Friday, January 28, 2011

SHA to Resurface Part of Old Georgetown Road

Beginning in January, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will begin resurfacing Maryland Route 187 ( Old Georgetown Road ) between North Brook Land and Maryland Route 355 ( Wisconsin Avenue ). SHA will grind and resurface all lanes, replace inlets, clean pipes, install pavement markings, replace curb and gutter, and upgrade existing sidewalks and ramps to meet American with Disabilities Act standards.

Motorists can expect single lane closures Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. During the paving phase of the project, double lane closures will occur Sunday through Thursday from 9 p.m. through 5 a.m.

The project should be completed this fall.

For more information, contact kfrum@sha.state.md.us.

CATEGORIES: Road Repair
POSTED: 2:00:00 AM |

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Highway Services Continues Paving and Concrete Repair Projects

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s (MCDOT) 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 receive attention during the months when in the spring once the weather became warm enough to allow for the use of paving materials. 
 
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.
  • Replacing roadway lane markings.
This fall, MCDOT will continue improvements to the County’s road network. The following arterial and residential roads will be resurfaced, patched and/or repaired:
  • Democracy Boulevard between Seven Locks Road and Falls Road, Bethesda area;
  • Battery Lane between Old Georgetown Road and Rockville Pike, Bethesda area;    
  • Shakespeare Boulevard between Maryland Route 355 and Observation Drive, Germantown;
  • Tenbrook Drive between Forest Glen Road and Dennis Avenue, Silver Spring area;
  • Barnesville Road between Bucklodge Road and Mount Ephraim Road (this project is funded using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds), Barnesville;
  • Avery Road, from Muncaster Mill Road to the end of County maintenance, Gaithersburg East service area;
  • Observation Road from Ridge Road (Maryland Route 27) and the end of County maintenance, Gaithersburg West service area;
  • Eldwick Way between Falls Road (Maryland Route 189) and Broad Green Drive, Gaithersburg West service area;
  • Fields Road and Omega Drive between Key West Avenue to and Sam Eig Highway, Gaithersburg West service area;
  • Fairland Acres neighborhood, Briggs Chaney area; and
  • Brighton Knolls neighborhood, Colesville area.
 Concrete curb and sidewalk repairs in the Kensington Heights and Oranges neighborhoods, Silver Spring area.
 
 
CATEGORIES: Road Repair , News
POSTED: 7:00:00 AM |

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Forest Glen Road Rehabilitation

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Residential Road Rehabilitation program continues in the Forest Glen community. In response to the County Executive’s call for a more systematic approach to maintaining the County’s transportation infrastructure, MCDOT responded by rating the condition of every County road. Under this program, Forest Glen had many streets rated very poor. This project, which involves 16 lane miles of concrete and asphalt work, started this month and will be completed by the fall of 2011.  
 
MCDOT will not widen or alter the character of the streets in Forest Glen. Typical steps include developing a tree protection plan; identifying curbing and sidewalks needing repair and then reconstructing them; replacing driveway aprons for residents who opt into this program; making extensive pavement repairs; milling the road surface; and finally resurfacing the streets with hot mix asphalt.
 
For more information, go to the County’s website.
 
CATEGORIES: Road Repair
POSTED: 8:00:00 AM |

Thursday, August 26, 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.
  • Replacing roadway lane markings.
MCDOT began patching the following roadways in August:
  • Brooke Road from Olney Sandy Spring Road to New Hampshire Avenue and Burnt Mills Hills neighborhood, Colesville area;  
  • Green Hills neighborhood in the Damascus area;
  • Farmland Drive, Bethesda area;
  • Aspen Hill Park neighborhood, Silver Spring area; and
  • Potomac Falls neighborhood, Gaithersburg West area.
 MCDOT will be repaving the following streets:
  • Tuckerman Lane from Seven Locks Road to Old Georgetown Road and Eldwick Way, Bethesda area;
  • Carroll Avenue from Piney Branch Road to University Boulevard, Silver Spring area;
  • Lost Knife Road from Montgomery Village Avenue to Odendhal Avenue, Gaithersburg area;
  • Longdraft Road from Quince Orchard Road to Clopper Road, Gaithersburg West area;
  • Twinbrook Parkway from Viers Mill Road to the CSX Railroad Bridge, Rockville; and
  • Fairland Acres neighborhood, Colesville area.
MCDOT will be resurfacing the following streets:
  • Muddy Branch Road from Diamondback Drive to Darnestown Road, Gaithersburg West area;
  • Tilden Lane from Old Georgetown to Old Stage Road and Tuckerman Lane from Seven Locks to Falls Road, Bethesda area; and
  • Observation Drive from Germantown Road to Ridge Road, Gaithersburg East area.
 In addition, concrete repairs will be made to the Connecticut Avenue Estates neighborhood in the Silver Spring area.
   
CATEGORIES: Road Repair
POSTED: 7:00:00 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

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, 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 |

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 |

Thursday, April 29, 2010

With Warmer Weather, Highway Services Springs Into Action on 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:
  • 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 this spring: Glenview, Silver Spring; Regency Estates, Potomac; Rosemont and Walnut Hill, Gaithersburg; and Goshen Hunt, Damascus.
 
Arterial roads that will be resurfaced this spring using hot mix asphalt are: three miles of Seven Locks Road between Democracy Boulevard and Bradley Boulevard, Bethesda; three-and-one-half miles of Gainsborough Road between Tuckerman Lane and Democracy Boulevard; more than five miles of Twinbrook Parkway between Veirs Mill Road and Rail Road Bridge; and Travilah Road between Darnestown Road and Dufief Mill Road.    
 
Arterial roads that will be resurfaced this spring using a micro surface process are: nearly seven miles of Tuckerman Lane between Seven Locks Road and Falls Road; 2.75 miles of Tilden Lane between Old Stage Road and Old Georgetown Road; and more than six miles of Observation Drive between Route 118 and Ridge Road. 
 
In addition, DOT will repair sidewalks and curbs in the Connecticut Avenue Estates neighborhood, Rockville. 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
POSTED: 10:43:00 AM |

Thursday, April 29, 2010

SHA Begins Project on Maryland 28

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) began a $300,000 project to improve traffic flow along Maryland 28, Norbeck Road. Currently, left turning vehicles cause significant delays for through traffic on this two-lane road, so SHA will install two new left turn lanes on Maryland 28 between Maryland 97, Georgia Avenue, and Maryland 182, Layhill Road. The project should be completed this summer.
 
SHA will construct a new left turn lane at Radwick Lane and Barn Ridge Drive. To accommodate the new turn lanes, both east and westbound lanes on Maryland 28 at these locations will be widened. Other work includes new pavement at Radwick Lane and Barn Ridge Drive, signs and pavement markings, and new curb and gutter at Barn Ridge Drive. (Source: SHA Project Information Newsletter)
CATEGORIES: Road Repair
POSTED: 10:40:00 AM |

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Motorists are Asked to be Patient as SHA Continues Resurfacing University Boulevard

The State Highway Administration (SHA) is resurfacing University Boulevard (MD 193) between Veirs Mill Road (MD 586) and Arcola Avenue. Most of the work is occurring during the evening to help prevent significant delays for motorists and ensure worker safety. Work will continue through mid-May, weather permitting.
 
Removal of the old pavement creates a rough and possibly bumpy driving surface for motorists, so they are urged to use caution while traveling through the work zone.
CATEGORIES: Road Repair
POSTED: 10:39:00 AM |

Friday, March 26, 2010

Spring is Here and the Potholes are Blooming

Spring is upon us and we’ve survived one of the severest winters in our history.  County roads have also had to endure a season of freezing and thawing in addition to three major blizzards.  That stress will manifest itself in the form of pavement cracks and those annoying potholes.  Highway Services crews and contractors will be working all spring and summer making needed repairs. 

Residents can easily report potholes online by going to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/potholes or by calling the customer service center at 240-777-6000.  Provide details about the exact location -- the street address nearest the pothole or a landmark.  During the winter Highway Services equipped foreman pickup trucks with cold patching materials to quickly address problems.  Now that the weather is warmer, four pothole patching trucks work every day to make permanent repairs.  Highway’s goal is to fix any pothole 36 hours after the time it was reported. 

CATEGORIES: Road Repair
POSTED: 10:21:00 AM |

Friday, March 26, 2010

Montgomery County Roadways to Receive Spring Cleaning

Starting Monday, March 22, Montgomery County’s roadways began getting a spring cleaning through the annual street sweeping program that cleans 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 will help remove more than 3,000 tons of material that could otherwise be washed into county streams.

The amount of salt and abrasives used during this record-breaking winter means MCDOT’s clean up efforts are even more important.  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 that are in areas identified by DEP as sensitive watersheds will be swept first and, if needed, will receive additional sweepings.

Look for brightly colored signs 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.

Daily updates detailing which areas are scheduled for street sweeping will be provided on County Cable Montgomery (Channel 6) during the morning and afternoon rush hours when the channel provides live coverage of local traffic conditions. Internet users can also find information about the schedule online.

For more information, contact MCDOT’s Customer Service Line at 240-777-6000.

CATEGORIES: Road Repair , Leaf Collection
POSTED: 10:17:00 AM |

Friday, March 26, 2010

Gainsborough Road Repaving to Start

Gainsborough Road in Potomac will be repaved this spring using hot mix asphalt.  Initial work is expected to start in late March, and should be completed in about four weeks, depending on the weather. 

Crews will take the following steps:

  • Survey the road and mark areas needing patching with white paint;
  • Complete full depth patching;
  • Mill pavement one to two inches near driveways and curbs;
  • Adjust utilities so that manholes, water valve covers, etc. align with the new pavement;
  • Seal cracks, where necessary;
  • Pave with hot mix asphalt; and
  • Replace lane markings.

For more information or to be added to the project newsletter mailing list, email Highway Services at highway@montgomerycountymd.gov.

CATEGORIES: Road Repair
POSTED: 10:11:00 AM |

Friday, February 26, 2010

Beware All Potholes – We’re Out to Get You

The aftermath of the recent record-breaking storms has produced more than mountains of snow.  As anyone who has driven or ridden on area roads recently can attest -- pothole season is here. The conditions have been ideal for forming potholes – freezing temperatures at night, above freezing temperatures during the day and plenty of water from melting snow to seep into minute road surface cracks. As this daily freeze-thaw cycle expands and contracts pavement, the dreaded potholes are created. No area is immune from their presence and they seemingly appear overnight. However, there is something residents can do: Report potholes on the County’s website or call 240-777-6000.
CATEGORIES: Road Repair
POSTED: 8:00:00 AM |

Friday, February 26, 2010

Highway Services Wins Paving Award from Maryland Asphalt Association; Battery Park Neighborhood Rehabilitation Project Recognized

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), Division of Highway Services has been selected as a 2009 Asphalt Pavement Award winner by the Maryland Asphalt Association for its work to rehabilitate the roads in the Bethesda neighborhood of Battery Park.   Most of the roads were in very poor condition, and MCDOT removed and replaced deteriorated concrete sidewalks, curbs and gutters, as needed, ground off two to four inches of the roadway surface, further evaluated the road substructure for damage, patched where needed, installed geo-textile fabrics to strengthen the road base, and resurfaced the roadway with hot mix asphalt. 
 
MCDOT worked closely with the community to keep the current configuration of streets and to minimize the impact on residents during the project. The cost for the project was $1.1 million and it was completed in December 2008. 
 
The rehabilitation of the Battery Park neighborhood was completed under a new program County Executive Isiah Leggett began in 2008 that is taking a more systematic and comprehensive approach to maintaining the County’s transportation infrastructure. For the first time, MCDOT conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the more than 5,000 lane miles of County roads, and is using this assessment to prioritize its decisions about the types of improvements needed to maintain the County’s transportation network. To ensure that the County maintains an up-to-date assessment of road conditions, the evaluation will be conducted every two years. 
CATEGORIES: Road Repair
POSTED: 7:00:00 AM |

Friday, February 26, 2010

State Highway Administration to Make Repairs to Beltway Sound Wall at Old Georgetown Road

Beginning in March, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will begin repairs to a sound wall located along I-495 at Maryland 187 (Old Georgetown Road). According to SHA, recent heavy snows and subsequent melting has caused a washout of the ground behind the sound wall. Crews will repair the drainage and erosion by installing inlets and pipes to direct and improve storm water runoff. Other work includes re-grading the existing ditch and stabilizing the surrounding affected area. 
 
During the repairs, residents may notice an increase in noise while a sound wall panel is temporarily removed. It will be replaced once the project is complete. The work will be done Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., and should be completed in the late spring.
CATEGORIES: Road Repair
POSTED: 1:00:00 AM |

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Upcoming Street Paving Operations

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation’sDivision of Highway Services is working to resurface and repair roads and repair or replace curbs, gutters and sidewalks. Recent road resurfacing projects include Emory Grove Road from Goshen Road to Washington Grove Lane; Bou Avenue from Rockville Pike to Chapman Avenue; Connecticut Avenue from Bel Pre Road to Leisure World Boulevard; and the Manor Oaks, Ashton Manor and Ashton Meadows neighborhoods.

The following neighborhoods are scheduled to be resurfaced next: Manor Oaks, Goldmine Crossing, James Creek, Kings Bridge and Prathertown.

Concrete curb installation, sidewalk repairs or drainage improvements are underway on Fernwood Road from Democracy Boulevard to Brixton Lane and in the Wheaton Woods community.

Residents with questions about the paving or repairs can call 240-777-6000 or email mcdot.highway@montgomerycountymd.gov.
CATEGORIES: Road Repair
POSTED: 11:09:00 AM |

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Woodfield Road Extended Project Begins

The Division of Transportation Engineering has begun a project to extend Woodfield Road 3,000 feet between Main Street in Damascus and the intersection of Faith Lane and Ridge Road. In addition, portions of Maryland Route 27 will be widened to accommodate turns. The project is designed to provide traffic congestion relief and improve safety.

The improvements will:

  • Make the extension of Woodfield Road a 28-foot wide curbed roadway with two 14-foot wide lanes;
  • Realign Faith Lane to intersect Woodfield Road at a point south of Ridge Road;
  • Construct a separate eight-foot wide bikeway along the eastern side of Woodfield Road Extended from Main Street to Ridge Road;
  • Widen Ridge Road to provide two 12-foot-wide travel lanes, two four-foot-wide paved shoulders and an auxiliary left turn lane at the proposed intersection with Woodfield Road;
  • Realign Ridge Road to improve the sight distance along a segment of the roadway to north of Woodfield Road Extended;
  • Construct street lighting, traffic signal and landscaping improvements, and bicycle and pedestrian facilities along Woodfield Road Extended and Ridge Road.

The project began in September and is expected to be completed in the Spring of 2011. For more information, go to the County’s website or call 240-777-7210.

CATEGORIES: Road Repair
POSTED: 11:06:00 AM |

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Neighborhood Street Refurbishment Program’s Second Project Begins

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett has announced that rehabilitation of four neighborhoods in Glen Echo is underway through a program begun last year that is taking a more systematic and comprehensive approach to maintaining the County’s transportation infrastructure. As part of Leggett’s commitment to using data-driven methods to ensure that critical services are provided in the most effective and efficient ways, the Department of Transportation (MCDOT) revamped its system of prioritizing road repairs and the techniques it uses for road resurfacing. 
           
MCDOT assessed the condition of all 4,800 lane miles of County roads and will conduct updates every two years. The evaluation assigns ratings using a formula-based scoring system, and Glen Echo’s roads were mostly found to be in poor condition. 
 
Work in the Tulip Hill and Mohican Hills neighborhoods in Glen Echo began in early June. Due to the size and scope of the project, improvements will be phased in over two fiscal years, with the Glen Echo Heights and Fort Sumner neighborhoods scheduled for rehabilitation next summer in fiscal year 2011. A total of 18 lane-miles of road will be reconstructed in the four neighborhoods. MCDOT will not widen or alter the character of the streets throughout the community. To preserve the trees in the right-of-way during construction, every neighborhood tree was inspected by the County arborist, and a tree protection plan was put in place. 
 
For more information, call MCDOT’s Customer Service Line at 240-777-6000, or go to their newsletter (pdf).
CATEGORIES: Road Repair
POSTED: 10:19:00 AM |

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Upcoming Street Paving Operations

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation, Division of Highway Services is working to resurface and repair roads and repair or replace curbs, gutters and sidewalks. Recent road resurfacing projects include Arcola Avenue from Georgia to Parker avenues; Parker Avenue from Arcola Avenue to Newport Mill Road; Newport Mill Road from Parker Avenue to Veirs Mill Road and Amherst Avenue in Wheaton; the Avenel and Mazza Woods neighborhoods in Potomac; the Regency Estates neighborhood in Rockville/Potomac; Huntington Parkway and Tilbury Street in Bethesda; and Norbeck Meadows in Rockville.

Road resurfacing is underway in the following neighborhoods and roads: Rollingwood in Chevy Chase; Sherwood Forest in Colesville; Liberty Heights in Germantown; Lake Churchill in Germantown; Highland in Rockville; Glenview in Wheaton; Rosemont in Gaithersburg; Russet Road in Aspen Hill; Tuckerman Lane in North Potomac; and Nicholson Lane in North Bethesda.

The following neighborhoods and arterial roads are scheduled to be resurfaced next: Tea Neck in Potomac; Ashton Manor in Ashton; Manor Oaks in Olney; Kingsbridge in Damascus; Prathertown in Germantown; Grosvenor Lane in North Bethesda; Bou Avenue in Rockville; and Connecticut Avenue from Bel Pre Road to the Leisure World Entrance.

Concrete curb and sidewalk repairs have been completed or are underway in the Green Tree Manor neighborhood; Kentstone Drive; Linder Lane between Wyngate Drive and Singleton Drive and Lindale Lane in Bethesda; the Greenwood Knolls neighborhood in Wheaton; Glenview in Wheaton; Broxburn Drive in Bethesda; Rollingwood in Chevy Chase; Tilbury Street in Bethesda; North Potomac in Potomac; Garrett Park in North Bethesda; Clearbrook Lane in Kensington; Glenview in Wheaton; and Fernwood Road in Bethesda. The Wheaston Woods neighborhood will receive repairs next.

Residents with questions about the paving or repairs can call 240-777-6000 or email mcdot.highway@montgomerycountymd.gov.
CATEGORIES: Road Repair
POSTED: 10:04:00 AM |
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