Category: Transportation

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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Board Authorizes Execution of Purple Line Construction MOU

The county Board of Education this week authorized Superintendent Jack Smith to execute a memorandum of understanding with the Maryland Transit Administration regarding Purple Line construction. The MOU covers issues at the Silver Spring International Middle School and the Sligo Creek Elementary School, located along Wayne Avenue. A Purple Line station is under construction by the Purple Line Transit Partners at the corner of Wayne and Dale Drive, affecting operations at both schools now and when the light rail becomes operational on Wayne. According to a memo from Smith to the board, the MOU includes: Provisions regarding responsibility for...

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County Receives Second Federal Grant for Electric Busses

The county’s Department of Transportation has received a second grant from the Federal Transit Administration to replace diesel busses with 10 new electric busses. The grant for $4.365 million follows an FTA grant of $1.75 million in September 2017 to purchse four electric busses and charging stations. “Thank you to the FTA for this grant to purchase more zero-emission, electric buses that will bring Montgomery County closer to our climate-protection goals and help reduce our impact on the environment,” said County Executive Ike Leggett in a press release. “I am especially grateful for the support of our Congressional delegation,...

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