Wednesday, January 27, 2010
On January 15, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett announced his recommended FY 2011 capital budget and Capital Improvements Program FY2011-2016 (CIP) that includes important transportation projects to help relieve traffic congestion and improve pedestrian and vehicle safety. Below is a summary of the transportation projects in the CIP.
Funding is included to accelerate the modernization of the County’s nearly 30 year-old traffic signal management system. November’s traffic system failure demonstrated how essential a modern, state-of-the-art system is to the economic well-being of the county. Leggett put funding for the six-year upgrade in his first CIP budget. This budget accelerates that schedule.
Under this budget, the Silver Spring Transit Center, Montrose Parkway West, Father Hurley Boulevard and Woodfield Road Extended projects will be completed. Increased funding will be provided to construct the Montrose Parkway East and Chapman Avenue Extended. A new project is recommended that will begin planning, design and right-of-way acquisition for improvements along Snouffer School Road. Funding is included to determine the next steps in allowing future improvements to dedicated but un-maintained County roads.
To maintain the County’s transportation infrastructure, Leggett recommended a new permanent patching project for residential/rural roads to accelerate extensive patching on roads that are not scheduled to be rehabilitated in the near future.
With the County’s bus transit system nearing capacity, new and expanded bus depots are needed to park and maintain the bus fleet. Funds are included to complete the Brookville Service Park, construct the North County Maintenance Depot and relocate the Equipment and Maintenance Operations Center. Funding is also provided for renovations to existing park and ride lots and completion of the Transit Center at Montgomery Mall, the Northern Damascus Park and Ride Lot and the Brookville Service Park.
This budget enhances pedestrian and cyclist safety and supports alternative transportation. Continued funding is recommended for the Annual Sidewalk Program, Pedestrian Safety Program, and the Sidewalk and Infrastructure Revitalization Project. A new project is recommended to begin planning and design for the Metropolitan Branch Trail that will connect the Silver Spring Transit Center and an existing trail in Takoma Park. Funds have been included for a shared use bike path on Needwood Road. The budget funds construction of the Dale Drive Sidewalk, the Greentree Road Sidewalk, the Shady Grove Access Bike Path and McArthur Boulevard Bikeway improvements, and continues design for the Falls Road East Side Hiker/Biker Path. The budget adds funds to construct a bikeway network and pedestrian facilities surrounding the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda in anticipation of the federal Base Realignment and Closure consolidation.
Funding is recommended to rehabilitate the Cedar Lane Bridge over Rock Creek and replace or rehabilitate the Clarksburg Road, White Ground Road and East Gude Drive bridges.
This CIP also includes funding for several storm drainage and roadway improvement projects on Henderson Avenue in the Kensington/Wheaton area and Maple Avenue in Bethesda. In addition, two more phases of improvements to the storm drainage system in the Town of Chevy Chase will address ongoing frequent flooding.