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   Newsletter Vol 21 | January, 2006 Back to Go Montgomery | Archive 


Duncan Announces FY07-12 CIP Budget  back to top

On January 12, Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan unveiled his six-year capital construction budget that proposes increasing school construction funding by 25 percent, while moving important transportation, public safety, and environmental protection projects forward. Duncan noted that although significant progress has been made to relieve traffic congestion and increase mobility for residents, the County has not had a true partner in the State of Maryland in this endeavor.

Duncan said, “To achieve a comprehensive approach to Montgomery County and regional transportation needs, we must continue to focus on securing the State level funding we need to ease our traffic congestion; match the increased Federal funding for the Silver Spring Transit Center; and construct the Corridor Cities Transitway, InterCounty Connector, and the Purple Line.”

The Executive stated that he will continue to make transportation a priority at the local level. The next steps in the County’s transportation program include design and construction of the Silver Spring Transit Center, a three-tier, multi-modal facility to replace the 30-year-old transit center at the Silver Spring Metrorail Station. The Federal government recently committed an additional $24 million for this project. The new transit center will be a gateway to downtown Silver Spring and Montgomery County and will be designed to allow for integrated transit-oriented private development. The County will also partner with others to provide new or expanded transit centers at Takoma/Langley Park and Montgomery Mall.

To provide greater mobility in the Rockville Pike corridor, design will begin for Chapman Avenue, from Randolph Road to Old Georgetown Road, and Montrose Parkway East, from Parklawn Drive to Veirs Mill Road. Mobility in the growing Clarksburg area will greatly improve as the County assures that, with the construction of Stringtown Road, no gaps are left between roadway sections that will be built by others. Sections of five roads, which are deteriorating due to increased volumes of construction and detour traffic, will be rehabilitated.

Important safety improvements on Quince Orchard Road through Muddy Branch Stream Valley Park, upgrades to the intersection of Dale Drive and Colesville Road, resurfacing of 332 lane miles of roads, and permanent patching of 2,470 miles of roads are included in this budget. New roadway maintenance will be funded at $2.3 million. In addition, facility planning will begin for five bridge projects and rehabilitation of Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) roads and bridges.

Pedestrian and vehicle safety will improve through new sidewalk projects on MacArthur Boulevard and Olney-Sandy Spring Road, and installation of detectable warning devices on handicap ramps to assist persons with disabilities. Safety and accessibility will be enhanced at many of the County’s 5,400 bus stops. This year the County has examined all projects for pedestrian and bicycle safety impacts and compliance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1991. Traffic signals, streetlights, crosswalks, bus stops, ADA ramps, bikeways, and other pertinent issues have been considered in the design of all projects, and the resulting Pedestrian Impact Studies will be available online in early February.

Construction at the Brookville Depot, design for expansion at the Equipment Maintenance and Operations Center (EMOC), and renovation of facilities at the Colesville Depot will maintain the infrastructure needed to support increased transit and highway maintenance operations, and improve environmental controls. Renew Montgomery continues to revitalize older neighborhoods, while the Main Street Montgomery program spruces up older commercial areas.

Since 1997, Duncan has committed $1.6 billion to capital transportation programs, including transit, pedestrian safety, and more than 60 road projects. Total spending for this CIP is $493.8 million and reflects progress that has been made on construction of four major County road projects – Montrose Parkway, Greencastle Road, Muncaster Road and Valley Park Drive – and completion of large garages in Silver Spring and Bethesda.

New Online System Provides Information About the Progress of
Snow Removal Operations  back to top

Winter means cold weather and the potential for frozen precipitation. Whether it’s snow, sleet, hail or ice, the County’s Highway Services crews quickly mobilize when wintry weather affects the roads and work 24 hours a day until the roads are clear.

If you’ve ever wondered whether the streets you need to travel are passable after a winter storm, you’ll be happy to know more information is now available – from the comfort of your home. A new, online service makes it easy and convenient to check the progress of snow removal and make snow-related service requests.

By entering your address into the new snow information system, you can track the progress of the County’s snow plows. To access the new system, go to www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dpwt and click on “Highway Maintenance,” then “Snow Removal.” Access the new system from “Frequently Asked Questions” number 11 by clicking on “Winter Storm Information.” The system is not active unless snow is falling. The online system also allows residents to report a street that may have been missed by snow plows, report an icy intersection that needs additional sanding, or report a damaged mailbox.

The Division of Operations Hotline -- 240-777-6000 -- will still be open for information around the clock during snow clearing operations.

“Give and Ride” Food Drive Results — back to top

Between December 12 and 18, Montgomery County’s Ride On bus system collected 12,620 pounds of food and other items during its 19th annual “Give and Ride” food collection program. Since September, Ride On collected and donated almost 25,000 pounds of food to assist hurricane victims and those who needed help during the holiday season.

During the December food drive, Ride On passengers received free rides by donating canned or nonperishable food, disposable diapers, formula, baby or toddler food and juice. All food donations were sent to the Manna Food Center, a non-profit organization that distributes food to the County’s neediest residents.

This year, Manna asked Ride On to hold its annual food collection drive closer to the Christmas holidays to better meet community food distribution needs. Ride On accommodated the request by moving Give and Ride from its traditional time before Thanksgiving to before Christmas.

For bus stop locations or bus schedules, call the County’s Transit Information Center at 240-777-7433. The TDD/TTY number is 240-777-5869. Route and timetable information is also available on Ride On’s web site at www.montgomerycountymd.gov, then click on “Ride On.” Tokens and passes can also be purchased online.

Leaf Collection Now Complete — back to top

The Division of Operation’s Highway Maintenance Section completed its neighborhood vacuum leaf collection on January 6. Residents of single family homes can still have their leaves collected at the curb on their regular recycling day. Leaves should be placed in paper yard bags or reusable containers

For information about recycling and collection schedules, contact the Division of Solid Waste Services at recycle@montgomerycountymd.gov, call 240-777-6410, or visit their website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/solidwaste.

Public Hearings to be Held for Six Sidewalk Projects — back to top

A series of public hearings will be held for sidewalk projects in various parts of the County on Thursday, January 26 in the Lobby Auditorium of the Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville. All proposed projects are funded under Capital Improvement Project 506747 (Annual Sidewalk Program).

The schedule for the hearings is:

  • 3 p.m. -- Proposal to provide a concrete sidewalk on the north side of Neelsville Church Road from Shakespeare Boulevard to Scenery Drive. Germantown
  • 3:30 p.m. -- Proposal to provide a concrete sidewalk on the east side of Glen Cove Parkway from Baltimore Avenue to the existing sidewalk at Allan Terrace. Bethesda.
  • 4 p.m. -- Proposal to provide a concrete sidewalk on the south side of Rainbow Drive from Good Hope Road to 1201 Rainbow Drive. Silver Spring.
  • 4:30 p.m. -- Proposal to provide a concrete sidewalk on the south side of Elm Street from Exeter Road to Clarendon Road. Bethesda.
  • 5 p.m. -- Proposal to provide a concrete sidewalk on the west side of Clarendon Road from Fairfax Road to Exeter Road. Bethesda.
  • 5:30 p.m. -- Proposal to provide a concrete sidewalk on the west side of Fairfax Road from Hampden Lane to Wessling Lane and along the east side of Fairfax Road from
    6917 Fairfax Road to Clarendon Road. Bethesda.

Project data and files for any of these proposed projects is available for review in the offices of the Department of Public Works and Transportation, Executive Office Building, 11th floor, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville. Call 240-777-7270.

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Last edited: 1/23/2006