Thursday, September 29, 2011
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and County Councilmember Nancy Navarro joined community members earlier this month to celebrate pedestrian and traffic safety improvements installed by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) along Castle Boulevard from Briggs Chaney Road to Castle Terrace.
On behalf of the community, Navarro had asked MCDOT to study what could be done to address concerns about speeding and safe walking. Nine collisions occurred on the road over a three year period, including two pedestrian crashes. A speed study conducted by MCDOT found that 21 percent of drivers were driving 10 miles or more over the speed limit of 30 miles an hour.
The traffic calming measures installed on Castle Boulevard included new concrete bump-outs and pedestrian refuge islands; modified curbs, gutters and sidewalks to ensure compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act standards; relocated bus stops to improve safety for transit users; enhanced crossings at bus stops; new traffic signs and pavement markings; and additional minor roadway repairs. Engineers ensured that the traffic calming design would not impede biking. The construction company for the project was D&F Construction Company Inc.
See the County’s website for more information on pedestrian safety in Montgomery County.