The Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s pavement preservation program is using long-term strategies to preserve and enhance the County’s transportation infrastructure. Under this program, roadways rated as fair or worse are receiving attention now that the warmer weather allows for the use of hot mix asphalt.
The work consists of the following steps:
Full depth patching removes and replaces distressed pavement areas to restore the pavement’s structural integrity and ability to support vehicle loads.
Edge and full width pavement milling removes the entire surface of the roadway to a depth of one to two inches.
Utility adjustments to bring storm drain and sewer manhole covers and valves to the same grade as the renewed pavement.
Crack sealing to repair large cracks with a flexible filler.
Concrete curb replacement (if needed or appropriate) to remove and replace damaged and misaligned curbs.
Paving with hot mix asphalt.
Replacement of roadway lane markings.
Work on the following residential neighborhoods is scheduled to begin in this spring: Wildwood Hills, Bethesda; Olney Mill, Olney; Kemp Mill Estates, Silver Spring; and Maplewood, Bethesda.
Arterial roads that will be resurfaced using hot mix asphalt are: Carroll Avenue, from Piney Branch Road (Maryland Route 320) to University Boulevard (Maryland 193); Blueridge Avenue, from Georgia Avenue to Amherst Avenue; Fenton Street, from Wayne Avenue to 410 Philadelphia Avenue; and Emory Lane, from Muncaster Mill Road to Hillcroft Road.
Arterial roads that will be resurfaced using a micro surface process are: Muddy Branch Road, from Diamondback Drive to Darnestown Road (Maryland Route 28) and Norbeck Road, from Layhill Road to New Hampshire Avenue.
In addition, DOT will repair sidewalks and curbs this summer in the Germantown Park, Germantown; Tanglewood, Silver Spring; Longmead Crossing, Silver Spring; Plyers Mill Estates/ Carroll Knolls, Silver Spring; Wheaton Woods, Wheaton; Garrett Park; Greentree Manor, Bethesda; and Oranges neighborhoods. The work involves removing and replacing damaged sidewalks and ensuring that curb ramps are accessible to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, removal and replacement of damaged and misaligned curbs and restoration of disturbed areas with soil, grass seed and straw mulch. While DOT is in the neighborhood, residents can take advantage of the competitive price offered by the County to replace driveway aprons (the portion of the driveway that is within the public right-of-way) and lead walks (the sidewalk from the edge of the road to a homeowners property line).
Montgomery County’s Commuter Services is conducting a “Sustainable Commuting Workshop” for employers and businesses that will focus on ways to help employees shorten their commutes, including telework options. These programs can improve County employers’ ability to recruit and retain the best employees, while reducing traffic congestion and enhancing quality of life. They can also contribute to County certification as a “Green Business.” Funded by a grant from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the workshop will be held on June 10 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, Lobby Level Auditorium, Rockville.
Workshop presentations by experts and industry leaders will focus on financial assistance programs and other benefits available to employers and employees, including County, the House Keys 4 Employees and Smart Keys 4 Employees programs, and telework resources for employers. Local employers and industry leaders will share their experiences during panel discussions. Technical assistance will also be available to interested employers.
Recent news articles and research confirm that work commutes are a heavy burden on businesses and employees, especially in the Washington region. Long commutes can sap productivity and impact a company’s profit margin. At the workshop, employers will learn about commute-reducing programs that can reduce turnover costs, improve morale and improve competitiveness.
Local businesses are also encouraged to participate as exhibitors. This free marketing opportunity provides exhibitors access to a variety of businesses to promote their programs and services related to commuting challenges and trip reductions; housing location; finance and affordability; energy and environment; telework services; family-friendly human resource policies, and eco-friendly business practices.
Ridership for the months of March and April increased as compared to their respective months the previous year. In March, ridership grew by 2.8 percent over March 2009, with an average weekday ridership of 93,519. In April, ridership grew by 1.4 percent over the previous April, with an average weekday ridership of 95,431.
Ride On estimates that by the end of June, it will have provided service to more than 27.5 million riders during fiscal year 2010.
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett proclaimed Friday, May 21 as Bike to Work Day in Montgomery County, joining jurisdictions nationwide in this annual celebration to encourage bicycle commuting. Bike commuting not only provides exercise benefits, it also is an effective way to improve air quality, reduce traffic congestion and noise, and conserve energy. For most trips of less than five miles, commuting by bicycle may take about the same amount of time as traditional transportation options. For longer trips, riders can combine Ride On, which has bike racks on the front of all buses, with bicycle commuting.
This year, the County held events at nine sites. Montgomery County provides and promotes a comprehensive and balanced transportation program that includes a wide variety of transit, ridesharing, bicycling, pedestrian and teleworking options for residents, businesses, employees and visitors. These alternative modes of transportation are effective and efficient commuting solutions, reducing pollution and transportation costs, helping address climate change concerns, and ensuring the economic and environmental vitality of communities.
For more information about commuting options in the County, contact Commuter Services or call 240-773-2989. Or, stop in at one of the County’s TRiPS Commuter Stores in downtown Silver Spring, 8413 Ramsey Avenue, Monday through Friday from
7 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Friendship Heights, 17 Wisconsin Circle, Monday through Friday
11 a.m. to 7 p.m., both of which are near the Metrorail stations.
Applications are now being accepted for the Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s (MCDOT) annual Keep Montgomery County Beautiful landscaping and photography competitions.
The landscaping contest is open to community groups, businesses, public institutions and other organizations undertaking landscaping projects that enhance the appearance of commonly owned sections of commercial or residential properties. Landscaping along County roadsides, medians, or other public locations is also eligible for the award.
For the Annual Amateur Photography Contest, photos of County locations or residents are judged on effective composition, originality, interest and relevance of the subject matter, and technique. Photo categories include Montgomery County by day or by night, county landmarks, people, and persons at work. There is also an optional youth category for those under 18 who wish to be judged only against their peers.
The week of May 17, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) began a one-mile resurfacing project on Old Georgetown Road/ Maryland Route 187 that includes grinding and resurfacing all lanes between Center Drive and North Brook Lane. The $2 million project will last throughout the summer, and work will only be conducted at night to minimize traffic impacts. Residents and drivers can expect lane closures Sunday through Thursday between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. SHA will provide variable message signs, drums and arrow boards to guide motorists through the work zone.
Other work includes replacing inlets, cleaning pipes, upgrading existing sidewalks to Americans With Disabilities Act standards, marking pavement, replacing curbs and gutters, installing and replacing traffic loop detectors, and upgrading traffic signals with pedestrian-oriented features.
Since Fall 2009, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) has been constructing improvements to the intersection of Maryland Route 28 at Maryland Route 586 (Veirs Mill Road) /Maryland Route 911. To expedite project completion, SHA will begin overnight closures of up to two lanes June 7 through June 21, weather permitting, to resurface the roadway.
Motorists can expect overnight single lane closures along Maryland Route 28 and Maryland Route 586 beginning at 9 p.m. and double lane closures between 10 p.m. and5 a.m. One lane in all directions will remain open at all times.
The $968,000 intersection improvement includes constructing a new 500-foot left turn lane from southbound Maryland Route 28 to eastbound Maryland Route 586; extending the existing left turn lane from Maryland Route 28/ Maryland Route 586 to northbound Maryland Route 28 by 350 feet; grinding and resurfacing the existing pavement; upgrading the traffic signals with accessible/countdown pedestrian signals (APS/CPS); and upgrading sidewalks to Americans with Disability Act (ADA) standards.