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   Newsletter Vol 30 | October, 2006 Back to Go Montgomery | Archive 

Construction Projects Update  back to top

Muncaster Road Re-Opens Ahead of Schedule

Muncaster Road, between the Agricultural History Farm Park and Hollingsworth Drive, reopened on September 29 after road improvements were completed to improve safety. The road has been under construction since March 2006. Montgomery County’s Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPWT) straightened the road’s approach curves; removed several crests, and added banking to aid navigation on the curved roadway. In addition, DPWT rebuilt a bridge on the roadway, removing deteriorated parts, constructing storm drains, and replacing the bridge’s superstructure.

The project cost $3.7 million, including federal funds. The project was managed by DPWT’s Division of Capital Development and the construction contractor was Concrete General, Inc.

Warfield Road at Plum Creek Drive

DPWT is planning a reconstruction project to improve visibility on Warfield Road that will begin in summer 2007 and last for about six months. The project includes removing a road hump by lowering the road six feet and redesigning the storm drain system. A public hearing about the project is scheduled for October 31. For more information, call 240-777-6174 or email rebecca.park@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Alert Montgomery  back to top

Alert Montgomery is an emergency alert system that provides timely information to those who live or work in Montgomery County. Residents who sign up for the free service can select their preferred way to receive text message alerts – by email, cell phone, Blackberry, or other devices. The service provides notification about emergency incidents, severe weather threats, significant transportation disruptions, or any changes in the threat level for terrorist attacks.

Commuters may find the service particularly valuable. Receive notice of accidents that result in lane or entire road closures in time to take an alternate route or delay your departure to avoid a temporarily congested area. Subscribers to the service also receive a notice when the road is back in normal operation.

Sign up for Alert Montgomery by going to the Montgomery County website at alert.montgomerycountymd.gov.

Metrobus Joins Ride On in Offering Free Fares for Seniors in Montgomery County — back to top

Starting last July, the Division of Transit Services' Ride On bus service began providing free rides to seniors (65 and older) and persons with disabilities Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Metro Board recently approved the same program, which began October 1, for the Metrobus routes operating in the County. Montgomery County will pay Metro the cost to provide the free rides, up to $125,000 in fiscal 2007.

Now, seniors may ride free on either Ride On or Metrobus by showing either a Metro Senior Reduced Fare Identification Card or a Medicare Card with valid photo identification, i.e. driver’s license, passport, or state issued identification card. People with disabilities and, if applicable, their attendant, may ride free by presenting a Metro Disabled Identification (ID) Card or Metro Disabled “Attendant Eligible” ID card.

Most current Ride On customers who are seniors or persons with disabilities already have the Metro ID cards that allow them to qualify for reduced fares on transit throughout the region. Seniors who wish to obtain the Senior Reduced Fare ID Card must fill out the Metro Senior Citizen Reduced Fare Program application. Persons with disabilities who need an ID card must fill out the Metro Reduced Fare Program for People With Disabilities application.

ID card applications are available at County senior centers, libraries, commuter stores, and regional services centers. Seniors must complete their application on site and present a valid picture ID at the time of application. Persons with disabilities may mail their application to Metro. For more information, visit the Division of Transit Services' website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/rideon or call the Transit Information Center at 240-777-RIDE (7433).

Public Meeting to be Held for Seven Locks Road Sidewalk and Bikeway Facility Planning Project — back to top

DPWT’s Division of Capital Development (DCD) will hold a public meeting to discuss the progress of the Seven Locks Sidewalk and Bikway Project on Wednesday, October 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Heights School-Chesterton Hall, 10400 Seven Locks Road, Potomac.

The proposed project will provide bike facilities and missing sections of sidewalk on both sides of Seven Locks Road between Montrose Road and Bradley Boulevard. The project will also address the need for left turn, acceleration and deceleration lanes at Bells Mill Road, Muirfield Drive, and Grand Teton Drive.

For more information, contact Aruna Miller, Project Manager in DCD's Planning Section, at 240-777-7194 or aruna.miller@montgomerycountymd.gov. You can also visit DCD's website for information on the project at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dpwt and then click on Capital Projects and Construction.

Neighborhood Beautification Grants Available — back to top

Keep Montgomery County Beautiful (KMCB) is accepting grant applications, for review this fall, from any nonprofit community organization to fund beautification projects. The grants help communities fund projects by paying 50 percent of the total cost of a beautification project, up to $500.

KMCB provides funds through the Beautification Grant Program to help improve the appearance of communities throughout Montgomery County. Neighborhoods have used the grants to plant flowers, shrubs, or trees; landscape a community entranceway or traffic circle; convert weed fields to wildflower meadows; screen highways; and beautify schools.

Grants must be used for new projects that improve community aesthetics. Construction projects, general maintenance and projects that have already been completed do not qualify. Volunteer hours, which qualify as part of a community’s contribution, are valued at $5.50 per hour.

KMCB is a County-funded group of concerned volunteers who help educate citizens and change public attitudes about littering; support cleanup and beautification projects; encourage residents to start or improve recycling programs; and raise awareness of the problems caused by graffiti. DPWT has funded KMCB since the mid-1980s.

To obtain a grant application, visit DPWT's website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dpwt, call DPWT’s Community Outreach Program at 240-777-7155, or email Community Outreach at dpwt.outreach@montgomerycountymd.gov.

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Last edited: 10/24/2006