Thursday, August 27, 2009
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett recently announced the completion of pedestrian and traffic safety improvements along an approximately two-mile stretch of Fairland Road between Randolph Road and Old Columbia Pike. Last year, on his way to an event on Randolph Road announcing the use of speed camera revenues for pedestrian safety improvements, Leggett came upon a collision scene where a pedestrian died near the intersection of Fairland Road and Cedar Creek Lane.
The County’s Department of Transportation (MCDOT) worked with neighborhood residents to develop and implement enhanced safety measures. The changes included increasing police enforcement of speed limits; installing more speed limit signs and larger replacements for existing signs; installing on-pavement speed limit markings; and trimming overgrown foliage. In addition, MCDOT installed:
- Bus stop improvements near Colefair Drive, Fairridge Drive, and Westwind Drive that included bump-outs to calm traffic, bus pads with kneewalls, sidewalk connections, crosswalks, and signing;
- Bump-outs with a crosswalk and signing near the Twin Farms Swim Club;
- Bump-outs at Partridge Drive; and
- Traffic signals at Tamarack and Serpentine roads.
The net results of these efforts are:
- Average travel speeds have been reduced from nearly 50 miles per hour (MPH) to about 40 MPH;
- Well-signed and marked bus stop crossings enhance safety for transit passengers;
- Signalized crossings at Tamarack Road and Serpentine Way enhance safety for both pedestrians and motorists; and
- Traffic signals provide gaps in traffic, giving motorists traveling into or out of neighborhoods at non-signalized locations more opportunity to turn onto Fairland Road.