Three more Silver Spring streets have been designated as Shared Streets beginning today, Aug. 28 under the county Department of Transportation’s Temporary Neighborhood Greenways program. Shared Streets are intended to make designated roads friendlier to walkers, bicyclists and other non-vehicle users. The concept limits vehicular traffic to local traffic only, providing access to residents, service providers and deliveries as needed.
The bi-county Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission expressed major concerns about a Draft Environmental Impact Statement during a briefing last week with the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration. The DEIS is part of the state’s Managed Lanes Study to evaluate alternatives to improve traffic congestion along I-495 (Capital Beltway) in Maryland, and on I-270 from I-495 to I-370.
The county’s Planning Department has released a report that analyzed and made recommendations concerning the level of comfort for pedestrians walking to future Purple Line stations. The Purple Line report focuses specifically on the comfort level for pedestrians walking within a half-mile of each station.
The Montgomery County Department of Police and the state police yesterday announced policies and procedures the departments would follow while enforcing Gov. Larry Hogan’s Monday stay-at-home order. Neither department’s officers will make random stops to ask whether drivers are in compliance with the order to undertake only essential travel.
Please note that we have begun to receive notices that events previously listed on our calendar and in these weekly posts are being cancelled out of concern over the COVID-19 virus. Please check with the venue or organizers before heading out to be sure your chosen event is still being held. In the meantime, there is live music this weekend at the Takoma VFW and American Legion, as well as Seeker’s Church, and more groups playing on St. Patrick’s Day.
Colesville Road (U.S. Route 29) will be resurfaced and have additional improvements installed from St. Andrews Way/Sligo Creek Parkway to just past Stewart Lane, according to an announcement from the State Highway Administration. The work, which is scheduled to begin this spring, will repair a surface marred by a WSSC water main project between St. Andrews and the Beltway. The project will continue north past the Shoppes of Burnt Mills, a total of about 3.6 miles.