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   Newsletter Vol 18 | October, 2005 Back to Go Montgomery | Archive 


Road Projects Underway  back to top

The construction of Valley Park Drive in Damascus should begin this month. When completed next year, the road will run between Shelldrake Circle and Ridge Road, improving access for local residents, as well as police and fire equipment. The new road will include a five-foot wide sidewalk, sidewalk ramps and an eight-foot wide bike path.

New Alert Montgomery Service Can Also Aid Motorists  back to top

The County has activated a new emergency alert system that also benefits commuters. Called Alert Montgomery, the service provides timely information by email, cell phone, Blackberry, PDA, or pager to those who live or work in Montgomery County.

The service notifies subscribers of accidents that close lanes or roads and lets them know when the roads are reopened. Alert Montgomery is primarily designed to provide notification of emergency incidents, severe weather threats, significant transportation disruptions, and any changes in the threat level for terrorist attacks.

Subscribe to the free service by going to alert.montgomerycountymd.gov

Operations Division Opens New Consolidated Customer Service Center — back to top

Now it’s easier and even more convenient to access the Department of Public Works and Transportation’s (DPWT) services. DPWT’s Division of Operations has created a new consolidated Customer Service Center that provides residents with a single phone number – 240-777-6000 – for requesting most DPWT services.

The Customer Service Center is staffed by information and referral specialists Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Questions, concerns, or requests for information on the following services will be handled through the Center: potholes, sidewalk repairs, road resurfacing and paving, tree maintenance, mowing, storm drainage maintenance or repairs, leaf vacuuming, snow removal, traffic signals and signs, streetlights, street name signs, lane markings and crosswalks, traffic calming measures, subdivision development plan reviews, parking policies, and information about parking lot districts.

For more information on the Division of Operations, call the new Customer Service Center at

County Leaf Vacuuming Collection Starts November 1 — back to top

Down-county areas, where the County provides trash collection, will receive two leaf vacuuming service between November 1 and mid-December. Signs announcing the collections will be posted along streets. Green signs announce the first collection dates, and red signs will display the second date.
Leaves should be placed in piles on the grass or behind the curb. Putting leaves in the street or an alley can disrupt traffic, interfere with water drainage, hamper snow removal, or pose a fire hazard.

Collections are restricted to leaves only. Sticks, branches or coarse garden debris should be placed in containers or tied in bundles not more than four feet long. Put these out at the curb for yard waste collection that coincides with your recycling pick-up.

For more information, call the Highway Maintenance Section at 240-777-6000 or visit our Leaf Vacuuming Collection Program website.

Blair Walk Project — back to top

This month saw the launch of the “Blair Walk Project,” an innovative pedestrian safety education program that teams high schoolers with elementary school children. Volunteers from Montgomery Blair High School were trained to teach kindergarten through second-graders in the Blair school cluster the knowledge and skills required to be a safe pedestrian. A pilot program conducted last year found that the project was highly effective in educating children and getting the message about safe walking and safe driving out to high school students. During the month, 20 Blair students were trained. So far, the teens have trained second graders at Kemp Mill and Sligo Creek Elementary Schools.

New Parking Garage Opens at White Flint — back to top

On October 8, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) opened a new parking garage at the White Flint Metrorail station that provides more than 1,270 spaces on six-levels of parking. The garage replaces surface parking on the north side of Marinelli Road near the existing Kiss-and-Ride lot.

Parking at Metro-operated lots is free on weekends and holidays. The weekday rate is $4, if the vehicle owner takes a Metrorail trip using the same SmarTrip card to pay for the rail trip and parking. For non-Metrorail riders, the daily parking fee is $7.75.

For more information about parking at Metro stations, go to their website at www.wmata.com.

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Last edited: 11/3/2005