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Newsletter | June, 2007 Back to Go Montgomery | Archive

Montrose Parkway West Update back to top

As of March, the County's largest road construction project -- Montrose Parkway West, was 60 percent complete. The new road will reduce traffic congestion, especially for residents living and working in North Bethesda.

Project milestones include relocating existing utilities along the current Montrose Road, completing the new Parkway from Montrose Road through East Jefferson and clearing the roadbed along the new Parkway between East Jefferson Street and "old" Old Georgetown Road.

Over the next six months, existing Montrose Road will be widened on the westbound side. Once this is completed, traffic will be shifted to the outside lanes to allow for construction of storm drains and medians. East Jefferson Street will be widened to accommodate new sidewalks, street lights and turning lanes onto Montrose Parkway.

The Division of Capital Development began construction of Montrose Parkway West, a four-lane divided road between Tildenwood Drive and 'old' Old Georgetown Road, in November 2005. The project is expected to reduce traffic volume on Montrose Road between the Parkway and East Jefferson Street by nearly 50 percent.

Montrose Parkway West is scheduled to be completed in summer 2008. For more information about the project, visit the Division of Capital Development's website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dpwt.

Warfield Road Construction Begins in July back to top

Starting July 9, the Montgomery County Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPWT) will begin reconstruction of Warfield Road at Plum Creek Drive in Gaithersburg. About 700 feet of the road west of the intersection will be rebuilt to enhance safety by improving both pedestrian and motorist sightlines. DPWT will remove a hump in the road, lower the road six feet and redesign the storm drain system. The project is expected to take about four months.

Travilah Road Improvement Project Begins This Month back to top

Travilah Road, between Darnestown and Dufief Mill Roads, will be getting an upgrade that will improve safety, provide improved bikeway and pedestrian access and improve drainage. The two-and-a-half mile road section will be enhanced through:

  • Construction of a left turn lane from westbound Travilah Road to southbound Piney Meetinghouse Road;
  • Construction of a right turn lane from eastbound Travilah Road to southbound Piney Meetinghouse Road;
  • Construction of a new eight foot wide bike path along the northern side of Travilah Road;
  • Construction of new storm drainage systems along Travilah Road to alleviate roadway flooding;
  • Lowering of Travilah Road, just west of Welland Terrace, by one foot to improve sight distance;
  • Installation of streetlights;
  • Minor widening of Travilah Road to make the road width consistent; and
  • Resurfacing of the roadway.

The project begins at the end of June and will be completed within two years.

DPWT Tests Parking Alert System at Glenmont Parking Garage back to top

DPWT's Division of Operations is testing a parking information system for the Glenmont Metro Station Parking Garage. The system alerts motorists heading towards the garage about the availability of parking - before they get there. This demonstration project monitors parking at the garage through a system of detectors that count the vehicles entering and leaving the garage. When the garage is full, changeable message signs on Georgia Avenue and Norbeck Road automatically notify motorists heading to the Metro station to use the Norbeck Road Park 'N Ride Lot (just east of Maryland Route 97/ Maryland Route 28) instead. Another sign on Layhill Road will direct motorists to the Wheaton Metro Station parking garage. The "garage full" signs do not apply to motorists with reserved parking spaces at the Glenmont Garage.

Ride On Bus Route 51 and Metrobus Routes Y5 and Y7 provide service between the Norbeck Road Park 'N Ride Lot and the Glenmont Metro station. Also in the afternoon, Ride On Route 53 stops on Georgia Avenue at the Norbeck Park 'N Ride Lot.

The program was funded by a grant from the Federal Transit Administration. The project cost is $400,000, with $75,000 in matching funds contributed by the County. The U.S. Department of Transportation is evaluating the system and Metrorail users will be surveyed.

For more information, call the Division of Operations' customer service center at 240-777-6000.

Ride On Celebrates National "Dump the Pump" Day by Promoting Transit Use back to top

To promote awareness of the role public transportation plays in improving the environment and conserving fuel, Ride On observed National "Dump the Pump" Day on June 21 by promoting Ride On and transit use.

Nearly one-third of Ride On's fleet of buses is environmentally-friendly, running on compressed natural gas or using hybrid diesel-electric technology. The County has been aggressively acquiring a multi-technology fleet of alternative-fueled vehicles so it can benefit from expected improvements in operations, costs, and environmental impacts as different technologies evolve.

The celebration is sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). According to APTA, American public transportation systems help to create a healthier environment by reducing smog-producing pollutants and greenhouse gases. Public transportation produces nearly 50 percent less carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide per passenger mile, compared to private vehicles, and saves 1.4 billion gallons of gasoline every year -- the equivalent of 108 million cars filling up in a year.

Cars account for 30 to 40 percent of the pollutants that cause ozone in the Baltimore/Washington area. Residents can reduce their impact on air quality by carpooling, telecommuting, or taking mass transit to work.

Ground-level ozone is an air pollutant that damages human health, vegetation, and many common materials and is the key ingredient of urban smog. Repeated exposure to ground-level ozone may cause permanent damage to the lungs. Inhaling ozone may trigger a variety of health problems including chest pains, coughing, nausea, throat irritation, and congestion. It can also worsen bronchitis, heart disease, emphysema, and asthma, and reduce lung capacity.

For more information about Ride On bus routes, go to the County's website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/RideOn or call the Transit Information Center at 240-777-RIDE (7433).

Ride On Begins New Bus Service Along U.S. Route 29 back to top

On June 25, Ride On began new bus service in the eastern part of Montgomery County. Ride On Route 21 replaces Metro bus service that was discontinued in Tanglewood and provides bus service to some areas of the County that previously had no public transportation.

The new Route 21 runs between the Briggs Chaney Park and Ride lot and the Silver Spring Metro, providing service to Fairland, the Tamarack Triangle, Dumont Oaks and Four Corners. Portions of Tamarack triangle and Dumont Oaks previously did not have bus service. Operating Monday through Friday every 30 minutes, the service runs south during morning rush hours and north during evening rush hours.

Ride On has been breaking ridership records for the last several years. Over the last decade, with new and expanded service, the number of Ride On's passengers has increased by 50 percent. Over the last three years, ridership has grown by 23 percent.

For more information about Route 21 or other Ride On routes, go to the County's website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/RideOn or call the Transit Information Center at 240-777-RIDE (7433).

Ride On Expands Route 61 Service back to top

Beginning June 25, Ride On Route 61 began expanded hours of service to help residents get to medical appointments at the new Mercy Health Clinic in Germantown, located adjacent to the MARC Station. The added service operates in the southbound direction leaving the Germantown Transit Center. Previously, buses ran from 6:15 to 8:15 a.m. Now, early morning bus service is extended to 8:35 a.m. Additional service is also provided every 30 minutes between 9:15 a.m. and 3:16 p.m.

DPWT Repairs and Resurfaces Neighborhood Streets back to top

DPWT's Highway Maintenance Section (HMS) is responsible for maintaining over 3,800 lane-miles of streets in Montgomery County. During the warmer weather months, the crews turn their attention to repair and resurfacing. Resurfacing roads extends their usefulness, protects the road base and subbase, seals small cracks, and levels minor imperfections.

In neighborhoods targeted for street work, HMS evaluates street conditions, and where appropriate, uses one or more of the following types of repairs:

  • Full Depth Patching: Problem areas are cut out, removed, and replaced with hot mix asphalt.
  • Chip Seal Patching: For large areas of cracking, the pavement is primed with an emulsified asphalt binder, spread with chips or small stones, compacted with a steel-wheeled roller, and swept with a power broom to remove loose stones. The road may also be sprayed with water to control dust.
  • Crack Sealing: Flexible filler is injected into cracks and sealed with a special tool.
  • Micro Pave: This is the final step in resurfacing. Several weeks after patching, the entire road surface is covered with Micro Pave, which contains small aggregate, a liquid asphalt emulsion and a latex modifier. Micro Pave improves the existing pavement, fills cracks and small voids, and extends the life and serviceability of the road.

HMS notifies residents in neighborhoods before resurfacing begins. Some areas of the County receiving recent improvements include Darnestown, Quince Orchard, Whittier Woods, Landon Woods, Plantations, Sweepstakes, Woodfield, Gayfields, Norbeck, Parkwood, Ken-Gar, Tamarack Triangle, Dunlop Hills, Tuckerman Lane, Weller Road, Fairland Farms, Bradley Hills Grove, Burning Tree Valley, Springbrook, Meadowood, Valleybrook, Quaint Acres, Olney Oaks, Beverly Farms, and Highland Stone.

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Last edited: 8/14/2007