Thursday, August 27, 2009
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett has announced that rehabilitation of four neighborhoods in Glen Echo is underway through a program begun last year that is taking a more systematic and comprehensive approach to maintaining the County’s transportation infrastructure. As part of Leggett’s commitment to using data-driven methods to ensure that critical services are provided in the most effective and efficient ways, the Department of Transportation (MCDOT) revamped its system of prioritizing road repairs and the techniques it uses for road resurfacing.
MCDOT assessed the condition of all 4,800 lane miles of County roads and will conduct updates every two years. The evaluation assigns ratings using a formula-based scoring system, and Glen Echo’s roads were mostly found to be in poor condition.
Work in the Tulip Hill and Mohican Hills neighborhoods in Glen Echo began in early June. Due to the size and scope of the project, improvements will be phased in over two fiscal years, with the Glen Echo Heights and Fort Sumner neighborhoods scheduled for rehabilitation next summer in fiscal year 2011. A total of 18 lane-miles of road will be reconstructed in the four neighborhoods. MCDOT will not widen or alter the character of the streets throughout the community. To preserve the trees in the right-of-way during construction, every neighborhood tree was inspected by the County arborist, and a tree protection plan was put in place.
For more information, call MCDOT’s Customer Service Line at 240-777-6000, or go to their newsletter