Friday, January 28, 2011
As part of an ongoing partnership between the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Division of Traffic Engineering and the Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA), MCDOT staff replaced traditional signals with pedestrian countdown signals at five intersections on Wisconsin Avenue . The intersections are Leland Street , Willow Lane/ Bethesda Avenue, Elm Street , Elm Street/Waverly Street and Old Georgetown Road .
This area of Wisconsin Avenue experienced 17 pedestrian collisions from 2005 to 2009. The Federal Highway Administration has reported that a conversion to countdown pedestrian signals in urban areas may reduce pedestrian-related crashes by as much as 25 percent. (Source: Desktop Reference for Crash Reduction Factors, Report No. FHWA-SA-08-001, Sept. 2008)
For more information about Montgomery County ’s pedestrian safety program, go to the County’s website.