Thursday, August 20, 2015

Go Montgomery - August 20, 2015

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Ride On to Hold Two Public Forums on Proposed Service Cuts; Changes Part of FY 16 Savings Plan

The public will have a chance to comment on proposed changes to Ride On’s bus service at either one of two public forums to be held on September 17 and 24. Read more

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Metro Seeking Input on Proposed Bus Service Changes

Metro is proposing service changes to a number of bus routes in 2016. Read more.

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Turkey Foot Road to Close for Five Weeks in North Potomac

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation's Division of Highway Services (DHS) is replacing the bridge on Turkey Foot Road where it crosses over Muddy Branch Creek near Query Mill Road in the North Potomac area. This project will take approximately five weeks to complete. DHS will remove and replace the roadway, bridge approaches and bridge deck. Signs will direct motorists to alternate routes.

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Senior Connection Looking for Partner Organizations to Participate in Senior Rides Initiative

The Senior Connection is looking for partner organizations who can provide senior transportation services, share volunteers and requests and increase volunteer driver capacity. More information about their new Senior Rides initiative they hope to launch in September is available on their website. 

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MCDOT Expects to Open Chapman Avenue Extended Next Spring; Road will Connect Old Georgetown Road and Randolph Road in White Flint

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is extending Chapman Avenue in the White Flint area to enhance the road network by connecting Old Georgetown and Randolph roads.Read more

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Bicycle Master Plan Public Meetings to be Held in September and October

The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is inviting the community to participate in kick-off meetings during September and October 2015 to learn about the Bicycle Master Plan and how to get involved in planning a bicycle network for Montgomery County. Read more.

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Time Lapse Video Shows Progress of MCDOT’s Valley Road Bridge Project

Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is rehabilitating the Valley Road Bridge over Booze Creek in Bethesda.Read more

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SHA Contractor to Conduct Survey of Bat Population in Watkins Mill Road/I 270 Area

A contractor for the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), Skelly and Loy, Inc., is conducting an environmental survey to assess the bat population in the area near the I-270 Watkins Mill Road Interchange Project. Read more.

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WeddingWire Wins 2015 Commuter Connections Employer Recognition Award

WeddingWire, a technology company based in Chevy Chase, was awarded the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Commuter Connections Employer Recognition Award for Marketing. WeddingWire uses a variety of methods to encourage employees to take alternative forms of transportation, with 67 percent of them taking advantage of the program.  Learn more.

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County’s Department of Environmental Protection Releases Video about the Air Quality Index and Tips for Residents

Air Quality Action Days occur when air pollution in the region is expected to reach unhealthy levels. They occur primarily during the summer months when hot, humid and stagnant weather conditions contribute to the formation of air pollution. Watch this video to learn more about the Air Quality Index and how you can help reduce the incidence of poor air quality days.

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August 20, 2015


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Upcoming Highway Services Road Improvement Projects

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation's (MCDOT) Division of Highway Services (DHS) continues road improvement projects in August/September. Schedules are dependent on weather conditions. Read more.

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There are projects going on in these communities:
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SHA to Resurface Lanes on Rockville Pike near Cedar Lane/West Cedar and Shift Traffic

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) has begun resurfacing traffic lanes on MD 355 (Rockville Pike) to prepare for an upcoming traffic shift near the Cedar Lane/West Cedar Lane intersection. Read more.

SHA to Resurface More Than Two Miles of MD 108

On Monday, August 17, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) began a $1.2 million road resurfacing project on 2.5 miles of MD 108 between MD 650 (New Hampshire Avenue) and the Howard County line. Work should be completed by late fall.  Read more.

Metro Seeking Input on Proposed Bus Service Changes


Metro is proposing service changes to a number of bus routes in 2016.

Maryland routes Metro is proposing to change, reduce or alter are:  81, B31, C2, C4, G13, G14, G16, Q1, Q2, Q4, Q5, Q6, V15, Z6, Z8, Z9, Z29, Z11, Z13.

Metro is also proposing eliminating the following Maryland routes: J13, K11, R3, W19

There are four ways to give us feedback to help us build a better bus experience for you:

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Take a Survey: Complete a survey about how service changes will affect you.
 
  hearingMeet with Metro Staff in the community. Metro staff will tour bus stops and attend community meetings and festivals near you to collect your input. See the Better Bus tour schedule. There may even be special guests and giveaways!

 
hearingSend an Email: Provide written or audio comments to writtentestimony@wmata.com.

 
hearingAttend a Public Hearing: Provide feedback in a traditional, formal setting at Metro's headquarters,
600 5th St NW, Washington, DC, on Thursday, September 17. See the hearings page.

In addition, Metro is proposing no charge for transfers on the Q line to or from Metrorail’s Red Line and travel between Wheaton and Silver Spring.



Read more about the proposed changes affecting Maryland and read more about Metro’s overall proposals.


Upcoming Highway Services Road Improvement Projects

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation's (MCDOT) Division of Highway Services (DHS) continues road improvement projects in August/September. Schedules are dependent on weather conditions.


A number of projects are designed to preserve pavement, restoring the roadway’s structural capacity and integrity. In the following areas, DHS will make full depth patches, seal cracks, apply the microsurfacing material and replace lane markings. Upcoming projects will take about six weeks to complete and will require temporary lane closures. Work hours will be between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday for the following communities:
Additional microsurfacing projects will take about five weeks to complete with work hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. along:
Resurfacing projects on rural/rustic roads strive to maintain the agricultural/rural character of the roads and community. For these roads, MCDOT will repair the roadway base, seal cracks, resurface with chip seal, remove excess aggregate and replace roadway lane markings. The following projects should take about 10 days to complete. Work hours will be between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Some construction may be required on Saturday.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Ride On to Hold Two Public Forums on Proposed Service Cuts; Changes Part of FY 16 Savings Plan


The public will have a chance to comment on proposed changes to Ride On’s bus service at either one of two public forums to be held in September 17 and 24. The route eliminations are being proposed to help close the significant budget shortfall facing the County in fiscal year 2016. The County will consider all comments received by September 30.
The following routes are being proposed for elimination: Route 42 weekday, Saturday and Sunday service; Route 98 weekday, Saturday and Sunday service; and, Route 83 Saturday and Sunday service.
Read more about the forums online.

Turkey Foot Road to Close for Five Weeks in North Potomac



The Montgomery County Department of Transportation's Division of Highway Services (DHS) is replacing the bridge on Turkey Foot Road where it crosses over Muddy Branch Creek near Query Mill Road in the North Potomac area. This project will take approximately five weeks to complete. DHS will remove and replace the roadway, bridge approaches and bridge deck. Signs will direct motorists to alternate routes.

MCDOT Expects to Open Chapman Avenue Extended Next Spring; Road will Connect Old Georgetown Road and Randolph Road in White Flint


The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is extending Chapman Avenue in the White Flint area to enhance the road network by connecting Old Georgetown and Randolph roads. Recently, contractors paved the road base and are working on grading and installing storm drain and stormwater management facilities.

Chapman Avenue extended will have a six-to-eight foot buffer of grass and trees between the road and five-foot-wide sidewalks.  The speed limit will be 30 miles per hour.

Final surface paving of the roadway should be completed in spring 2016. When open, traffic on the road is projected to be 10,000 vehicles a day. The construction contract for the project cost $3.2 million.

To follow construction and view photos Tweet: #ChapmanAve

Senior Connection Looking for Partner Organizations to Participate in Senior Rides Initiative


The Senior Connection is looking for partner organizations who can provide senior transportation services, share volunteers and requests and increase volunteer driver capacity. More information about their new Senior Rides initiative they hope to launch in September is available on their website.