Friday, May 20, 2016

MCDOT Celebrated Bike to Work Day - May 20

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s (MCDOT) Commuter Services sponsored six of 83 regional pit stops for Bike to Work Day.  Raffles were held at each pit stop to give away great prizes and a grand prize of a new bicycle. 

MCDOT sponsored pit stops were held at the following locations:

Bethesda Location: Reed Street, corner of Woodmont & Bethesda Aves
(near Capital Crescent Trail)- view on map
Pit Stop Time: 6:30 am to 9:00 am

North Bethesda – U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Plaza Location: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Plaza (across the street from the White Flint Metro Station)
Address: 11555 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD  20852
Pit Stop Time: 6:30 am to 8:30 am

Rockville – Fallsgrove Location: Fallsgrove Village Center (Smoothie King parking lot)
Address: 14941 Shady Grove Road, Rockville MD 20850
Pit Stop Time: 6:30 to 8:30 am

Friendship Heights Location: Wisconsin Place Plaza (Wisconsin & Western Avenues) adjacent to the Metro station.
Address: 5311 Friendship Blvd, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Pit Stop Time: 6:30 am to 9:00 am

Rockville Town Center Location: Rockville Town Center (in front of Dawson’s Market)
Address: 225 N. Washington St. Rockville, MD 20850
Pit Stop Time: 6:30 am to 9:00 am

Silver Spring – Discovery Place Location: Georgia and Wayne Aves – view on map
Pit Stop Time: 6:30 am to 9:00 am

Thursday, May 19, 2016

County Executive Leggett Designates the Week of May 15 as Transportation Week

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett has proclaimed the week of May 15 as Transportation Week, joining communities across the country in recognizing the importance of transportation infrastructure to the economy, safety and well-being of communities. 


MCDOT Wins Funding for Bus Rapid Transit Station Design

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation has been awarded $80,000 from the Transportation Safety Board’s Transportation/Land-Use Connections Program to create a conceptual design for the County’s future Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) stations. The design will outline the components needed for the station, such as seating, heat, lighting and other elements. The project will create a template that is customizable for adjacent land uses, the local environment, and projected ridership through the use of modular elements. Cost estimates will also be developed. 

More information about Transportation/Land-Use Connections Program is available online.

Update on Highway Services Road Resurfacing and Repair Projects

MCDOT extends the life of roads by making full depth, permanent patches. Deteriorated areas are excavated and the road base is repaired with hot mix asphalt.

MCDOT began repairs in Bannockburn Estates, Phase II in Bethesda in May, which is expected to take five weeks to complete, weather permitting. Residents should expect noise and daily short-term parking restrictions during construction. Advisory signs will be posted. Work hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Some work on Saturdays may be needed.

Bannockburn Estates Neighborhood Map

Highway Services will also resurface residential roadways in the Quail Valley neighborhood in Gaithersburg. The project includes road base full depth patching; pavement and edge milling; utility adjustments; paving with hot mix asphalt; replacing roadway lane markings; and repairs to concrete sidewalks, curbs and gutters.  

Quail Valley neighborhood map

Highway to Begin Bel Pre Woods Community Rehabilitation Project in June

MCDOT’s Highway Services will begin a project in June to rehabilitate the roads, sidewalks and curbs in the Bel Pre Woods community in Rockville under a program that is taking a more systematic and comprehensive approach to maintaining the County’s transportation infrastructure. 

MCDOT will remove and replace deteriorated curbs and gutters, grind up the old roadway surface, further evaluate the road substructure for damage, patch where needed and reconstruct the roads with hot mix asphalt. Damaged sidewalks will be replaced or repaired. In addition, road drainage will be modified where there is no underground drainage.

Residents may elect to have their driveway aprons and lead walks resurfaced under a program that allows residents to have the work done using the County’s competitively bid prices. More information about the Driveway Apron and Lead Walk program is available online.  

MCDOT assesses the condition of all 5,300 lane miles of County roads every two years assigning ratings to each road using a formula-based scoring system. The scores then serve as the basis for prioritizing the department’s maintenance, rehabilitation and resurfacing efforts.

MCDOT’s road condition ratings help direct resources to maintain the high quality of good roads and target the worst roads for rehabilitation and repair. Every dollar spent by the County to keep a road in good repair reduces future repair costs that would have to be spent to restore a more deteriorated road.  More information is available online.

Bel Pre Woods Roadway Rehabilitation Project Map

MCDOT to Begin Project to Replace Elmhirst Parkway Bridge

Starting about May 20, Montgomery County Department of Transportation's Division of Transportation Engineering will begin a project to replace the Elmhirst Parkway Bridge, located on Elmhirst Parkway between West Cedar Lane and Elmhirst Lane, in Bethesda. The bridge was constructed in 1940 and is in poor condition.

The construction is expected to take about nine months during which Elmhirst Parkway will be closed to traffic and detour routes established. The Elmhirst Parkway Hiker/Biker Trail will remain open. “Curbside” government services (such as recycling, mail delivery, etc.) will not be impacted by the road closure. Driveways and entrances will remain accessible at all times.

Construction will take place Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Occasional Saturday work may be necessary to make up for weather delays.

Stay up to date on project details online.

Highway Services to Replace Culverts in Damascus and Silver Spring

Montgomery Count Department of Transportation's (MCDOT) Division of Highway Services will be replacing two culverts in Damascus and Silver Spring that are failing. The  first is located on Long Corner Road at Scott Branch in Damascus. Two, 36-inch, storm drain culverts will be replaced by two, 48-inch ones. During the three-month construction period, a section of the road will be closed to through traffic; however, local traffic will continue to have access to homes located along Long Corner Road. A detour will redirect drivers to Mullinix Mill Road and MD 108. For more information read the Long Corner Road Newsletter

A second project will replace a badly eroded culvert under Connecticut Avenue between Georgia Avenue and Bel Pre Road. It will be replaced with two concrete box culverts to provide greater strength and durability. The project will be managed by MCDOT and the Maryland State Highway Administration.

During the three-month construction project, minimal lane closures will be required. Temporary concrete barriers will be installed to protect workers and drivers and variable message signs will be installed to direct drivers.

During Phase 1 of the project, staff will shift traffic lanes on the east side of Connecticut Avenue During Phase 2, traffic will shift to the west side.