Construction Projects Update — back
Quince Orchard Road
Earlier this year, DPWT completed improvements to about 1,200 feet of Quince Orchard Road between Pissaro Drive and Maryland Route 28 (Darnestown Road). Now, another major project is underway to improve safety and drainage along nearly 1.5 miles of Quince Orchard Road from Pissaro Drive to south of Horse Center Way.
The improvements will:
- Complete missing sidewalk segments between Darnestown Road and Quince Mill Road on the east side of Quince Orchard;
- Construct an eight-foot wide bike path along the west side of this road segment;
- Reconfigure the slope of the road for 300 feet near the intersection of Damson Drive to improve safety around a road curve;
- Reconstruct about 400 feet of Quince Orchard Road at the intersection with Wonder View Way to improve sight distances at another road curve; and
- Resurface about 1,000 feet of worn roadway.
Work on Quince Orchard Road should be completed next spring.
Nicholson Lane Bridge
The Division of Capital Development began a project this month to replace the Nicholson Lane Bridge over the CSX railroad tracks and about 65 feet of the approaching roadway. The bridge is located about one-half mile east of Rockville Pike/Maryland Route 355 in Rockville. During construction, the road will continue to be open to through traffic. However, the replacement work will require all but two lanes of the road (one in each direction) to be closed. The project is expected to take about 14 months.
Citadel Avenue Extension
Work has begun to extend Citadel Avenue about 650 feet from its terminus south of Marinelli Road to Nicholson Lane. The two-lane road will align with Huff Court and eventually be a section of Chapman Avenue. The new portion of the road will feature a sidewalk on the west side, street lights and parking on both sides of the road, retaining walls and new trees between the curb and sidewalk.
Travillah Road Improvements
A construction project is underway to improve a 14,400 foot segment of Travillah Road between Darnestown and Dufief Mill roads. The project, which will include an eight-foot wide bikeway on the north side, should be completed by fall of next year.
DPWT is widening Greencastle Road from two lanes to four lanes between Greencastle Ridge Terrace and the Fairland Park entrance. The 2,100-foot project should be completed by next fall. For updates on these and other road construction projects that impact traffic, go to the Transportation Management Center's website.
Ride On Adds New Service in September — back
On September 2, Montgomery County’s Ride On added more bus service to Routes 21, 22 and 61 to make using transit easier and more convenient.
For Route 21, which travels between Silver Spring and the Briggs Chaney Park and Ride lot, schedules were adjusted for both the morning and afternoon service to more accurately reflect the actual time it takes the bus to travel in traffic.
Route 22 now provides more frequent buses during rush hour to the Food and Drug Administration headquarters in White Oak. Buses leave the Silver Spring Metro station every 15 minutes in the morning and arrive at the Metro every 15 minutes in the afternoon. Route 22 runs between Silver Spring and Hillandale.
Route 61, from the Shady Grove Metro station towards the Germantown Transit Center, provides two additional trips serving Mercy Clinic and the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. Regular passengers should note that the bus schedule on this route has changed.
Check the new Ride On bus schedules on the County’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rideon or call the Transit Information Center at 240-777-RIDE (7433).
New Brochure for Kids on Exiting Transit Buses Safely — back
Ride On has prepared a safety brochure reminding children and teens that the rules for exiting public transit buses are different from school buses. When school bus riders exit, they should cross in front of the waiting school bus. But, passengers exiting Ride On or Metro buses should cross the street only after the bus has pulled away.
For a copy of the brochure, call Ride On's Transit Information Center at 240-777-7433. For more pedestrian safety tips, visit the County’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/walk
New Silver Spring Metrorail Station Entrance Opens — back
A new Silver Spring Metrorail Station entrance that opened this week on the west side of the station will provide a direct connection from the Metro station to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) building complex along East-West Highway. Montgomery County funded the new entrance, which cost $400,000, and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) managed construction of the project.
Montgomery County’s Commuter Services conducted a survey of NOAA employees in 2005 that found about 3,700 employees, or 27 percent of the NOAA workforce, ride a train (including both Metrorail and MARC Commuter Rail) to work. The new Metrorail entrance may encourage even more NOAA employees to take advantage of public transportation. The new entrance will also provide better transit access for 1,500 apartments and townhouses at The Blairs, a shopping center, the 223-unit Bennington Apartments, the 220-unit Silverton Condominiums, and the 468-unit Silver Spring Gateway Apartments.
For information on Metrorail and bus service to Silver Spring, visit Metro's website. Ride On bus information is also available at Transit Services' website, or by calling the Transit Information Center at 240-777-7433.
DPWT Repairs and Resurfaces Neighborhood Streets — back
DPWT’s Highway Maintenance Section (HMS) continues its warm weather road maintenance program. HMS is responsible for maintaining over 3,800 lane-miles of streets in Montgomery County. During the warmer weather months, the crews focus on repair and resurfacing. Resurfacing roads extends their usefulness, protects the road base and subbase, seals small cracks, and levels minor imperfections.
HMS notifies residents in neighborhoods before resurfacing begins. Some areas of the County receiving recent improvements include Derwood, Indianola Drive areas, Needwood Road areas and Westmoreland Hills, Phase 2 area.
Hurricane and Storm Preparedness — back
The hurricane season traditionally runs through November. Montgomery County’s Homeland Security officials remind residents that they should prepare for the possibility of high winds, power outages and flooding.
Some hurricane and winter storm tips to remember:
- Keep flashlights and battery-powered radios with extra batteries on hand, along with emergency food, water, and a non-electric can opener.
- Listen to the radio or television for storm progress reports.
- Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting in anticipation of a power outage.
- To prepare for possible flooding, store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container; and avoid areas subject to flooding, including low spots, canals and streams. Do not attempt to drive over a flooded road – you can be stranded or trapped. The depth of the water and the condition of the road is not always obvious.
- Purchase flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Call NFIP at 1-800-720-1093 to secure the name of an insurance agent in your area who can help.
- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers, downed wires and other hazards.
- For downed trees due to high winds, report those on County property to the County’s Department of Public Works and Transportation at 240-777-6000. To report trees that have fallen on utility lines, contact the local utility companies. “Hot” wires or sparking wires -- especially those across roadways -- may be reported by calling 9-1-1.
- Trees that have fallen on private property are the responsibility of the property owner. The County’s Office of Consumer Protection advises homeowners to deal with established tree removal businesses only, and to call Consumer Protection first to check on a business complaint record. Consumer Protection can be reached at 240-777-3636.
Hurricane information and publications are available from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) web sites: www.nws.noaa.gov (with information on hurricane awareness, natural hazard statistics and publications) and www.education.noaa.gov (with resources for teachers and students).
For more information about emergency preparedness, call the office of emergency management of the County’s Homeland Security Department at 240-777-2300.
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