Wednesday, June 15, 2016

SHA to Begin Resurfacing Project on Beltway and Seminary Road Overpass

Evening rush hour traffic from the Capital Beltway merging with I270.
 Beginning in mid-June, the State Highway Administration (SHA) will begin a year-long resurfacing project on a six-mile stretch of the inner loop of the Capital Beltway, between I-270 and the Seminary Road overpass just west of Georgia Avenue.

During the first phase of the project, crews will work overnight, every Sunday through Thursday night, closing one or two lanes to remove the existing asphalt starting at 9 p.m. and reopening lanes the following morning at 5 a.m. There will be occasional overnight closures on Friday and Saturday nights, as well.

During phase two of the project next spring, up to three lanes may be closed overnight.

The project also will include repairs to the Capital Beltway inner loop bridge decks over Connecticut Avenue and Kensington Parkway, replacement of guardrails and upgrades to stormwater management inlets and pipes.

More information is available on SHA’s website.

SHA to Begin Bethesda Trolley Trail Improvement Project

The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) has awarded a contract to construct a 10-foot-wide, shared use, hiker-biker path along Old Georgetown Road (MD 187) that will connect with the Bethesda Trolley Trail section north of McKinley Street. Construction will begin this summer and is expected to be completed by December of this year.

SHA is also making improvements at MD 187 and Cedar Lane and is installing an eight-foot trail section between Alta Vista Road and Charles Street.

Once the Bethesda Trolley Trail project and Cedar Lane projects are completed, there will be a continuous trail along MD 187 from Charles Street to north of McKinley Street.

County Executive Summit on Aging Report Now Available

In December 2015, County Executive Ike Leggett held a second Summit on Aging to review the accomplishments and progress made on policies and programs since the first event was held in 2008.  A goal of the summits is to focus on efforts that allow seniors of all socioeconomic, ethnic, and diverse backgrounds to live and thrive in the County.

Work sessions at the Summit focused on topics of interest to seniors, including one on Transportation and Mobility attended by MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh and senior staff. At that session, participants identified key challenges, solutions, partnerships and priorities.

The transportation priorities identified were:

  • Educate the public;
  • Ensure a safe travel environment for seniors;
  • Expand affordable options;
  • Increase availability of accessible transportation;
  • Consider safety of older drivers and those transitioning from driving; and
  • Increase ride-sharing and other volunteer programs.

The Summit brought together more than 400 stakeholders from government, business, nonprofit,
advocacy, faith-based and healthcare organizations as well as County seniors. During the morning
session, attendees heard from the County Executive and co-chairs of the Subcabinet on Senior Vital Living.

See the full report online. The Transportation and Mobility section begins on page 39.

County Website Offers Information for Older Drivers


Montgomery County has a new website for older residents and their families that provides information about driving safely and alternate transportation options that are available to seniors who prefer to limit or stop driving.  Learn more at: Explore Older Driver Resources.

Winners of New Bike at White Flint Bike to Work Day Have Participated Since 2002

Pictured are Joe, Amy, Elena and Olivia Woitach and Bob Mallasch, with Bob’s Bikes in Poolesville, 
who presented the family with their new bike.
Bike to Work Day participants since 2002, the Woitach family, were thrilled to learn that they had won a free "fold up bike" at White Flint’s Bike to Work Day this year. The family of five, including their son Joseph, regularly bicycle along routes such as the C&O Canal and Beach Drive. As their car rack only fits four bikes, the fold up bike is the perfect solution for their family outings as it easily stores in their car.

Ride On’s Will Kenlaw Selected for TAM Board Leadership Position

Will Kenlaw, marketing, advertising and customer service program manager for Montgomery County Department of Transportation's Ride On, was selected to serve as an at-large member on the Transportation Association of Maryland (TAM) Board at its annual membership meeting in May.

Board members work to pursue TAM's mission to improve mobility and economic opportunity for all Maryland citizens. They serve a two-year term.

TAM hosts numerous trainings, events and networking opportunities for members while working to achieve positive legislative change for transportation in Maryland. 

(Source: Transportation Association of Maryland Inc.  June 2, 2016)

Highway Services to Close Portion of Wildcat Road for Three-Month Project

This month, the Division of Highway Services will begin a project to replace four, failing, storm drain culverts. The culverts will be replaced with larger, stronger concrete pipe culverts. The project is expected to take about three months, weather permitting.

During construction, a portion of Wildcat Road, between Brink Road and Davis Mill Road, will be closed to all but local traffic. Detours will be well marked.