Category: Transportation

County DOT Seeking Comments on Dale Drive Pedestrian Proposals

The county’s Department of Transportation is seeking public comment on preliminary proposals developed for of the Dale Drive Pedestrian Facility Improvement Project. The department presented several concepts and their potential impacts on the area, which covers the stretch of Dale Drive from Georgia Avenue to Colesville Road, during a Feb. 12 meeting. That presentation was part of on an ongoing number of meetings and discussions that have taken place among stakeholders, including the Dale Drive Safety Coalition, neighboring civic associations and county officials, since planning began last August. The DOT also reviewed the results of a community survey taken...

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Residents, Advocates Attend Town Hall on Proposed Metro Improvements

About 100 residents, transit advocates and others attended a town hall in Silver Spring last night to hear about proposed budget and service changes for the Metro system from representatives of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The meeting was organized by the County Council’s Transportation and Environment Committee, chaired by Councilmember Tom Hucker (D-District 5), who noted it was the first T&E Committee meeting held in Silver Spring. Hucker emphasized the need to end the “turnback” of Metro cars at Silver Spring to provide a better level of service to the Forest Glen station and beyond to Glenmont....

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New Lyttonsville Place Bridge Now Open

The rebuilt Lyttonsville Place Bridge between Lyttonsville and Brookville roads has been opened by the Purple Line Transit Partners. For the time being, the span will carry one lane of traffic in each direction, along with an area for pedestrians. Later this year, PLTP crews will complete the bridge to include sidewalks, drop-off lanes and access to the planned Lyttonsville Station and Capital Crescent Trail. A temporary connection at Stewart Lane, opened to accommodate traffic, was scheduled to be closed at noon today. In addition, the Ride On Route 2, which used the bridge, had previously been split into Route...

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State Plans to Resurface Portion of Colesville Road

The Maryland State Highway Administration plans to resurface about one mile of Colesville Road (U.S. Route 29) from Georgia Avenue to St. Andrews Way, according to a recent press release. A contractor will patch, mill, pave and restripe the road. In addition, crews will install concrete bus pads to preserve pavement, do any needed cleaning and repairs of storm water systems, upgrade sidewalk ramps to meet ADA standards, and add concrete curbs and gutters. The project is budgeted at $1.9 million and expected to be completed by the summer. Single lane closures will take place Mondays through Fridays between...

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Planners Present Preliminary Recommendations to Improve Georgia Avenue

Staff from the county’s Planning Department last night presented a set of preliminary recommendations to ease traffic and pedestrian concerns along Georgia Avenue in Montgomery Hills and Forest Glen. In June, the department launched a tool to gather public input about the issues residents experienced along the corridor as part of the process of updating the Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills Sector Plan, which was launched in October, 2017. The major concerns reviewed at the meeting included problems with walking along or crossing Georgia Avenue, the lack of a dedicated space for bicyclists, traffic backups along Georgia, a Beltway interchange many...

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