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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hurricane Irene Update: MCDOT Crews Were Hard at Work

When Hurricane Irene hit the County on August 27, Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) crews were fully mobilized to respond. The following is a summary of how each of MCDOT’s divisions responded during the storm:

Highway Services:

  • Crews and 25 tree contractors were mobilized Saturday evening and remained on duty through Monday.
  • 595 requests for service were logged.
  • 209 of the requests were related to downed trees or power lines
  • Thirty roads were closed due to blockages or high water.

Traffic Engineering and Operations:

  • Additional technicians were mobilized Saturday evening and remained on duty throughout the storm until Monday.
  • 130 traffic signals were either dark or on flash due to power outages

Parking Management:

  • The Parking Maintenance Team spent several days in advance of the hurricane preparing parking facilities for the storm. This work included sand bagging all areas that tend to have flooding issues; testing and fueling all back-up power generators; obtaining plywood to secure windows if broken; cleaning all facility drains; and adjusting all crew schedules to provide coverage for the weekend.
  • On Sunday morning, two garages and two lots in Bethesda were without power, as were one lot in Silver Spring , one lot in Montgomery Hills, and the Burtonsville Park and Ride lot. In addition, Garage 2 in Silver Spring was flooded and the Barnesville MARC Station lost power and was flooded.
  • By Monday morning all Parking Lot District facilities, all Park and Ride lots, all MARC stations, and the Transit Centers were restored to normal service and clean up was complete.

Transit Services:

  • Buses were fueled before the storm hit to ensure that they were ready for Monday service.
  • Staff stayed in close contact with Metro staff throughout the storm.
  • Up to 10 bus routes had to be detoured over the course of the storm due to road closures.

Transportation Engineering:

  • Engineers inspected 25 bridges for damage after the storm that could have been impacted by high water.
  • No foundation damage was found to any of the bridges.
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