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Contact: Esther Bowring 240-777-6507

Leggett to Celebrate Completion of Pedestrian Safety Improvements on Reedie Drive

Will Thank Wheaton Pedestrian Volunteer Brigade for their Help in Educating Public

Tuesday, August 6, 2013; 1:30 p.m.

Mid-County Regional Services Center, 2424 Reedie Drive, Wheaton


Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett will announce the completion of pedestrian safety improvements on Reedie Drive between Veirs Mill Road and Georgia Avenue in Wheaton that were installed by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT). This 800-foot stretch of road was targeted because it is one of the County’s “High Incidence Areas” (HIAs) -- locations having the highest density of pedestrian collisions. Between January 1, 2004 and December 31, 2012, there were 20 pedestrian collisions, including one fatality, in the Reedie Drive HIA.

Leggett will also recognize and thank a volunteer brigade of 30 English- and Spanish-speaking volunteers for their efforts over the past 15 months to educate residents about pedestrian safety. Several of the volunteers were instrumental in working with the State of Maryland to have a new traffic signal installed at the intersection of Veirs Mill and Claridge roads to improve pedestrian safety in this heavily traveled area.

Joining Leggett will be MCDOT Director Art Holmes; Gregory Ten Eyck, director, Public Affairs and Government Relations, Safeway; and pedestrian safety volunteers Vincenta Lopez , Carolyn Gupta, Betty Smith and Bettye Blakeney..

Spanish-Language Editors: Vincenta Lopez will deliver her remarks in Spanish.

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