Monday, August 4, 2014

Update on Road Maintenance Projects

The Department of Transportation’s Division of Highway Services (DHS) is resurfacing residential roads using hot mix asphalt that preserves pavement for many years. Repaving is underway on Good Hope Road, from New Hampshire Avenue to Spencerville Road in Colesville, is expected to take four to six weeks, weather permitting. Work hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For projects to preserve pavement, DHS will complete full-depth patching of pavement; seal cracks; apply a micro surfacing material; sweep residual stone; and repaint lane markings. Work began on the projects listed below in July (unless otherwise noted) and will take about four weeks to complete. Work hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday:
  • Richter Farm Road, from Great Seneca Highway to Germantown Road, Germantown.
  • Dairymaid Drive, from Great Seneca Highway to Mateny Road, Germantown.
  • Dawson Farm Road, from Great Seneca Highway to Germantown Road, Germantown.
  • Granby Woods subdivision, Derwood, will begin in late summer/early fall. Work hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Arctic Avenue, from Bel Pre Road to Aspen Hill Road, Rockville, will begin in late August. 
  • Newport Mill Road, from Veirs Mill Road to University Boulevard, Wheaton, will begin in August.
  • Middlebrook Road, from Frederick Road (Maryland Route 355) to Great Seneca Highway (Maryland Route 119), Germantown, will being in August. Work will be conducted at night from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda Expected to Reopen in Late August

Woodmont Avenue, between Bethesda Avenue and Leland Street, is expected to reopen to traffic in late August. The road has been closed since construction began on a public-private partnership project that will more than triple the number of public parking spaces.

Developers are constructing two buildings with 250 residential units and retail space at ground level. The buildings will include an underground parking garage with 290 private parking spaces for tenants and 940 public spaces. The site is the former location of two County-owned surface parking lots.

SmarTrip Card Provides Discounts on Ride On and Metrobus; Youth and Senior Cards Provide Even Greater Benefits

SmarTrip card owners not only receive a discounted fare on Metrorail (when compared to a paper fare card) but also receive discounts on Ride On and Metrobus. Using SmarTrip gives riders free bus-to-bus transfers and a 50-cent discount when transferring to and from Metrorail.

Purchase a SmarTrip card on Metro’s website, then register the card by creating an online account to receive a $3 rebate. Online registration lets a card holder recoup their SmarTrip balance if the card is lost or stolen and allows customers to add value to the card online.

The Youth Cruiser SmarTrip® Card for customers 18 years of age and younger makes it easier for youth to take advantage of the Kids Ride Free program, which offers free rides Monday through Friday from 2 to 8 p.m. on Ride On and some Metrobuses in Montgomery County. The card can be purchased for $2 at all 21 County libraries, many schools, the TRiPS Commuter stores at 8413 Ramsey Avenue, Silver Spring and 17 Wisconsin Circle, Friendship Heights, and the Montgomery County Treasury Division, 255 Rockville Pike, L-15, Rockville. Proof of age and County residence is required to obtain a Youth Cruiser SmarTrip® card. Riders or their parents must purchase the card in person.

Seniors 65 and older can purchase a Senior SmarTrip card that offers half price rates on Ride On , Metrobus and Metrorail, and free rides on weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Ride On buses and some Metrobuses in Montgomery County. Apply for the card at any County library, TRiPS stores or the Montgomery County Treasury Division. Proof of age must be presented when purchasing the card.

Register for the 2014 Walk and Ride Challenge

Montgomery County Commuter Services and the Silver Spring, Friendship Heights, Bethesda, North Bethesda and Greater Shady Grove Transportation Management districts are hosting a Walk and Ride Challenge. The event is designed to encourage commuters to combine transit with walking and to incorporate more walking into their daily routines. The challenge will take place from September 8 through September 26, except in Bethesda, which will run from September 7 through September 27.

Teams of up to five members receive free pedometers to track their progress in seeing who can take the most steps.

Each week, participants walking more than 50,000 steps will be entered into a drawing to win a new Kindle. Those walking 25,000-49,999 steps will be entered into a drawing for other prizes such as gift cards to local retailers and restaurants. Grand prize winners will receive a $125 gift card. Second place winners will receive a $75 gift card and third place winners, a $50 gift card.

Register a team or obtain more information about the challenge online.

Plan Now for Car Free Day

With the theme, “Put it Away. Uncar for the Day,” the Washington DC area will again celebrate Car Free Day on Monday, September 22 (during the Walk and Ride Challenge). Participants will be eligible to win prizes while joining a worldwide movement to celebrate more sustainable forms of transportation.

Those who pledge to Go Car Free or Car-Lite by bicycling, walking, teleworking, carpooling or taking transit will reduce traffic congestion and fuel consumption and promote a greener environment. Car Free Day is celebrated in 1,500 cities in 40 countries.

Transportation Options for Seniors

The County has a variety of transportation options to help older adults get to where they want to go. One of the newest is being provided by the Department of Recreation through a contract with the Jewish Council for the Aging – which has provided quality transportation services to seniors for more than 40 years.

The service provides rides to senior centers, Monday through Friday, for County residents 55 and older who live within the center service areas of Damascus, Holiday Park, Long Branch, Schweinhaut, or White Oak. The drivers have specialized training in working with the senior population.

Other options for seniors include: Free Ride On service midday on weekdays; Senior SmarTrip cards; Metro Access for medical appointments or other types of trips; Call ‘N’ Ride taxi discounts; and Senior Connection, a service that uses volunteer drivers.

More information is available on the County’s website.

Bike Repair Station Installed in Bethesda

The Bethesda Urban Partnership installed a bike pump and repair station along the Capital Crescent Trail last month. It is located near the stairway leading to Arlington Road. More stations will be installed soon, including one near the Bethesda Metro Station.