Wednesday, December 30, 2009
The South Silver Spring Pedestrian Linkages Project was completed in December when officials opened Bottleworks Lane, a one-way street connecting East-West Highway and Kennett Street. The roadway runs beside Gramax Towers, a 15-story former office building that stood vacant for 15 years before being converted into 182 housing units. This key County project is designed to enhance pedestrian safety, business development and overall livability in an emerging South Silver Spring community.
Developed by the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs over ten years, the project consists of eight segments of convenient, safe and attractive pedestrian walkway links through South Silver Spring. The links help overcome the inconvenience and isolation created by the unusually large block pattern in the area.
The name “Bottleworks Lane” was selected for the final segment in recognition of the former Canada Dry Factory that was located near this link. Bottleworks Lane includes pedestrian lighting, parking meters and a bifiltration structure that collects runoff before it enters the storm water management system.
In 2006, Montgomery County received an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties for the Silver Spring Pedestrian Linkages Project.
More information about the project is available on the County website