Monday, November 30, 2009
The State Highway Administration, along with local officials, recently celebrated the completion of a $7 million project to improve pedestrian safety at the intersection of University Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue. The area, known as the Takoma-Langley Crossroads, handles 95,000 vehicles daily and a very high number of pedestrians, including some 3,500 bus passengers.
The investments involved reconstructing the medians and installing barriers to discourage jaywalking and channel pedestrian to the crosswalks. Additional streetscape improvements were made throughout the vicinity, such as contrasting colored crosswalks and walkways, extensive signage, countdown signals, and ramps to meet Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. Sidewalk gaps were constructed and other sidewalk segments were widened to meet ADA standards where needed.
The State resurfaced the roadways and reconstructed curbs, gutters, and the storm water maintenance system. Phase Two of the project will be the construction of the Takoma-Langley Park Transit Center at the location currently occupied by a local restaurant. This Center will serve transit riders with bus bays and raised platforms. Eventually the Center will be a part of the Purple Line which will serve this area with an east-west light rail connection.