Monday, November 29, 2010
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) recently completed pedestrian improvements on Hewitt Avenue in Silver Spring that will enhance safety for transit users and the entire community.
Following a request from a resident, MCDOT installed three pedestrian refuge islands (an area between lanes of traffic where pedestrians may safely wait) along the nearly one-mile stretch of Hewitt Avenue between Georgia Avenue and Blue Spruce Lane.
The refuge islands not only help calm traffic, but also reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians. The improvement project narrowed the travel lanes on the roadway to reduce vehicle speeds. MCDOT also installed marked crosswalks, “State Law: Stop for Pedestrians” signs, lane markings, and raised pavement markers. In addition, staff modified the parking restrictions on Hewitt around the refuge islands and adjusted bus stop locations.
MCDOT analyzed traffic volumes and speeds along Hewitt Avenue and found that 85 percent of vehicles were traveling 37 mph or less. The speed limit is 30 mph. A review of the crash data for five years between 2004 and 2008 revealed a total of 35 non-intersection related crashes. Of these, two involved pedestrians.
For more information about the County’s Pedestrian Safety program, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/walk or call 240-777-7170.