Monday, November 5, 2012

Chinese Delegation Gets Advice from MCDOT

An 11-person delegation from the Tianjin Highway Administration, a northern Chinese city of 13 million people, recently visited the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) – the fifth such delegation MCDOT has hosted.  The group was interested in road and bridge construction, traffic safety, and maintenance.

The visitors heard about the Engineering Division’s new approaches to bridge replacements, using prefabricated components.  They learned about the Traffic Division’s Transportation Management Center and the recently completed signal modernization program.  Finally, Highway Services staff described their innovative use of GPS devices to guide snow removal crews through their routes. 

The visitors also toured the Bethesda Highway Depot and the Materials Testing Lab,    the only state-certified, County-run facility that tests concrete or asphalt used in road construction.