Monday, April 30, 2012
Barnesville Road Reopens
Barnesville Road at Bucklodge Creek has reopened after being closed since early March for repairs following the failure of a five-foot diameter pipe that ran under the bridge.
The work was conducted by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Division of Highway Services and involved excavating the road, removing the old pipe, installing a new 60-inch diameter pipe, backfilling material around the pipe and reconstructing part of the road. The repair project also required diverting Bucklodge Creek and constructing new end walls on each side of Barnesville Road. MCDOT appreciates the public’s cooperation and patience during the repairs.
The Division of Transportation Engineering (DTE) has reopened the White Ground Road Bridge over Bucklodge Branch following a project to reconstruct the failing bridge built around 1950. The project also included extensive stream restoration and rebuilding of 500 feet of approach roadway on either side of the bridge.
The new bridge is 48-feet long and 18-feet wide and consists of a single span concrete slab. White Ground Road is designated as an exceptional rustic road, so in order to maintain the road’s character, the one-lane width of the bridge was not altered..
The Division of Transportation Engineering has begun construction of a 1,000-foot extension of the Montrose Trail from the eastern end of Swim Club Way to Tildenwood Drive. The hiker/biker trail will have a 10-foot-wide paved surface, five-foot grass shoulders, drainage ditches on the north side and a six-foot-high wooden fence along the southern portion to screen adjacent residential properties on Wolftree Lane and Oden Court.
Trail landscaping will include deciduous trees along the northern side of the trail and deciduous and evergreen trees behind the wooden fence to provide additional screening for adjacent residential properties.
Shady Grove Bike Path
To provide access the Shady Grove Metro station and Crabbs Branch Way, DTE begins construction in April of a new 10-foot bike path along the east side of the Shady Grove Metro access road from Shady Grove Road to Redland Road. The project also includes installing raised crosswalks and speed humps on the access road.
Serving 10 communities within two miles, the path will connect to a sidewalk and a nearby bikeway network, including existing or proposed facilities on Shady Grove Road, Crabbs Branch Way, Redland Road, Needwood Road, the Midcounty Highway and the Intercounty Connector/MD200.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority provided land for the project to the County at no charge. The project received Federal funding.
JonesBridge Traffic Calming
The MCDOT Division of Traffic Engineering and Operations (DTEO) recently completed traffic calming and pedestrian safety improvements on Jones Bridge Road between Connecticut Avenue (MD 185) and Jones Mill Road. DTEO installed new concrete median islands, marked crosswalks, ADA-compliant wheelchair ramps and permanent traffic signs and pavement markings, and patched the roadway, where needed. Concrete median islands have successfully reduced vehicle speeds in residential neighborhoods and improved safety for pedestrians.
POSTED AT: 11:15:00 AM