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   Newsletter Vol 25 | May, 2006 Back to Go Montgomery | Archive 

Road Improvements Underway  back to top

Battery Park in Bethesda will soon be getting some much needed drainage improvements to relieve standing water and ice build up after storms. Park Lane will be reconstructed between Maple Ridge Road and Battery Lane and a portion of Battery Lane will be partially reconstructed. Improvements include relocating water and sanitary sewers; installing storm drains; replacing damaged pavement; installing new curbs and gutters; and reconstructing driveways and sidewalks where needed. The project begins this month and will take about a year to complete.

Preliminary Design Developed for White Oak Transit Center  back to top

With significant growth in population and employment projected for the White Oak area, the Department of Public Works and Transportation is developing preliminary design plans for a Transit Center to be located along Lockwood Drive. The proposed center is expected to have six bus shelters, space for passengers to queue, and bus queuing areas along Lockwood Drive east of New Hampshire Avenue. The passenger waiting areas are expected to include benches, low-level lighting, trash cans, and landscape features.

Comments from the public are welcome. Call 240-777-7261 or email Barry Fuss. A future public hearing will give residents the opportunity to provide further comment.

Ride On Sets More New Records — back to top

For the 13th consecutive month, ridership on the County's Ride On bus service has surpassed 2 million passengers, with the March ridership totaling 2,570,000.

More facts about the increase:

  • In March, ridership grew by 21.5 percent over the same month the previous year.
  • The total number of riders for March was the largest single month increase Ride On has ever experienced, and the largest number of riders ever recorded in any month.
  • Ridership has increased for 23 consecutive months, compared to the same months the previous year.
  • Since July 1, 2005, ridership is up 9.5 percent over the same period last year.
  • In fiscal year 2005, ridership was up 8.5 percent over the previous year.

Obtain more information on Ride On service by calling the Transit Information Center at 240-777-7433. Use the free "Ride Guide" to plan trips by visiting Ride On’s website.

Three Bikepath and Sidewalk Projects in Various Design Stages — back to top

Final plans are being completed for the Shady Grove Road Metro Access Bkepath along the east side of the I-370 Metro Access Road. The 4,500-foot long, 10-foot wide bikepath will provide better access to surrounding communities by adding connections to the Shady Grove Metro and existing and proposed sidewalks/bikepaths on Shady Grove Road, Crabbs Branch Way, Redland Road, Needwood Road, Mid-County Highway and the future InterCounty Connector. The project includes:

  • A 200-foot spur connecting the proposed main bikeway path to the Shady Grove Metro Station;
  • A 500-foot spur to connect the main bikepath, just north of the Crabbs Branch overpass, to the existing bikeway on Crabbs Branch Way;
  • A signalized at-grade pedestrian crossing to provide safe access to the Metro Station; and
  • A grass strip with street trees, lighting and landscaping along the bikeway.

Construction should begin in summer/fall of 2007.

Another project in the preliminary design stage will improve the MacArthur Boulevard Bikeway between I-495 and Oberlin Avenue. The proposed project will:

  • Widen the existing road to provide 26 feet of pavement, including two 10-foot vehicle travel lanes and two three-foot shoulders wherever possible;
  • Provide safety improvements on MacArthur Boulevard, including lighting for the I-495 underpass and reconfiguring the existing parking in front of Captain’s Market at Tomlinson Avenue, access to the Clara Barton Parkway at Ericsson Road, and the parking area at Union Arch Bridge; and
  • Provide signs, pavement markings, and lighting improvements.

On Wednesday, June 7, the County’s Division of Capital Development will hold a public meeting about the Phase I Study of the Seven Locks Sidewalk and Bikeway Project. Project planners hope to receive community input before beginning to develop concepts. The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Heights School-Chesterton Hall, 10400 Seven Locks Road, Potomac.

The proposed project will examine bike path needs and missing sections of sidewalk on both sides of Seven Locks Road between Montrose Road and Bradley Boulevard. Planners will also address the need for left turn, acceleration and deceleration lanes where Seven Locks Road intersects with Bells Mill Road, Muirfield Drive, and Grand Teton Drive.

For more information, contact Project Manager Aruna Miller at 240-777-7194 or , or visit the County’s Capital Projects website for information about the project.

Bike to Work Day Celebrated May 19 — back to top

Thousands of Washington D.C. commuters celebrated Bike to Work day this month at one of the largest regional events in the nation. This annual event promotes bicycle commuting and riding as a healthful and energy efficient way to get around. Participants who pre-registered and joined in the day’s festivities received a free T-shirt, refreshments, and a chance to win bicycles and other giveaways. This year, Montgomery County held celebrations at six locations, including Downtown Bethesda, the National Institutes of Health, North Bethesda, Rockville at the Red Brick Courthouse, Rockville at the Falls Grove Transit Center, and Silver Spring.

County Celebrated National Public Works Week — back to top

The Montgomery County Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPWT) hosted an Open House celebration on May 25 to honor employees during National Public Works Week (NPWW), which is sponsored annually by the American Public Works Association. This year, NPWW was held during the week of May 21 through 27 and celebrated employee contributions to the community with the theme “Public Works: The Heart of Every Community.” The County’s event featured exhibits about DPWT’s services and announced the winners of photo and children’s essay contests that exemplified “DPWT at Work.”

The essay contest was open to third-, fourth- and fifth-grade children of DPWT employees. The contest winners were Daniel Seifu, an Oakland Terrace Elementary School fourth grader, who read his essay, “Ride On Bus,” at the ceremony and Jaimie Hwang, a Beall Elementary School fifth grader, whose essay was entitled “The Service We Depend On.” Each winner received a $100 U.S. Savings Bond.

The winners of the photography contest were:

  • First Place: De Hou Yang, Silver Spring, for “Keep Brookside Garden Beautiful;”
  • Second Place: Arlene K. Polangin, Bethesda, for “Just Trucking Along;” and
  • Third Place: Stephanie Cromwell, Rockville, for “Want the Dirt on Recycling?”

The first-, second-, and third-place winners of the photography contest in this contest received $100, $75 and $50 U.S. Savings Bonds respectively.

To further recognize staff, each DPWT employee received a letter signed by Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan and DPWT Director Art Holmes, Jr. thanking them for their hard work and dedication. NPWW posters and banners were displayed in County buildings during the week.

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Last edited: 6/1/2006