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Thursday, March 19, 2015
Al Roshdieh, Acting Director
Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Acting Director Al Roshdieh commended department employees for their exemplary service during this difficult snow season. Read his email to staff below:
“I wanted to take a moment and say thank you to the entire MCDOT team for your efforts and hard work through this winter season. Each time Mother Nature has thrown snow, ice and extreme cold our way, the dedicated men and women of MCDOT have stepped up and delivered with exceptional customer service. I can assure you that your work to treat and plow our roads and parking facilities, provide transit service to our Ride-On customers, ensure our traffic signals are functioning and support all our operations are recognized by the public and our elected officials.
“It is all of you in MCDOT, your talent and commitment, not only during extraordinary circumstances but day in and day out, that makes our department great. I am very proud to lead such an outstanding group of people and I am proud of all of you.
During his most recent online chat, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett lauded the County’s snow removal response this year stating, “the County's performance in snow removal is easy to assess by the number of telephone calls I've received from residents. Make no mistake about this! By this unscientific measure, our dedicated workers appear to have done extremely well…” Read more.
County Council Vice President Nancy Floreen wants to recognize residents who went "above and beyond" in helping neighbors clear ice and snow from sidewalks this winter. She will present SAFE (Sidewalks Are For Everyone) Golden Shovel Awards to County residents at a County Council session in April. Nominate someone by March 31.
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will update the community on the latest plans for the new Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission building and public town square to be located on the Wheaton Triangle parking lot (also known as Lot 13). The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Wheaton High School, 12601 Dalewood Dr, Silver Spring. Read more about the project.
|Photo provided by: The Wheaton Authority|
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
The Division of Highway Services has filled more than 2,000 potholes since January 1 -- and most of them were filled within 48 hours of when they were reported. Read more.
Three full-depth, permanent patching projects are scheduled to start this month. Two Rockville projects will patch Watts Branch Drive, between Circle and Overlea drives, which will take about two weeks and Randolph Hills, south of Boiling Brook Parkway, which will take about eight weeks. Peach Orchard Road, from Spencerville Road to Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring, will be completed in about two weeks.
In addition, roads in the Kensington Heights neighborhood will be repaired and resurfaced. The project will take about eight weeks to complete.
Project schedules are dependent on the weather. Work hours for the projects will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Drivers should look for lane closures and/or alternating one-way traffic patterns, but the roads will remain open to traffic. Access to residences should not be affected except for minor delays when fresh hot-mix asphalt is spread.
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s (MCDOT) Ride On bus system is testing a turn warning alert that notifies pedestrians of a turning vehicle. When a bus operator turns the steering wheel 45 degrees in either direction, an audible warning is heard outside of the bus in the direction of the turn announcing that the bus is turning. Ride On is conducting the pilot project with four buses. Read more.
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is participating in the inaugural GreenFest this year on March 28 at Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring and Jesup Blair Local Park. It will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Visit MCDOT’s exhibit next to a Ride On bus to learn more about its sustainable services and transit’s role in keeping Montgomery County green. Read more.
Leggett Releases Proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Operating Budget that Tightens Belt on County Spending, Includes Property Tax Rate Cut and Reduces Solid Waste Fees by Four Percent; Economic Development, Schools and Libraries Among Few Increases
On March 16, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett released his Recommended FY 2016 operating budget of $5.1 billion for the year that begins on July 1, 2015. The budget increases County government tax-supported spending by only 1.1 percent, while cutting the County property tax rate by about one cent. The balanced budget closes an estimated $238 million gap. Read more.
At his most recent online chat, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett explained the benefits of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and the Purple Line for County residents. Read more.
MCDOT will hold a public workshop on new bicycle lanes and sidewalks planned for Bradley Boulevard in Bethesda that was rescheduled due to snow. The workshop will now be held on Monday, March 23 at Westland Middle School, 5511 Massachusetts Avenue, from 7 to 9 p.m. Learn more about the project.
Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA) to Hold March 19 Public Workshop on Alternatives for Improving the Route 28/198 Corridor
MSHA will hold a public workshop to present alternatives to improve local traffic and safety for bicyclists, pedestrians and motorists along the Maryland Route 29/198 corridor. The meeting will be held on March 19 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the James Blake High School cafeteria, located at 300 Norwood Avenue, Silver Spring. Read more.
|West Offutt Road in Poolesville, Maryland|
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett seeks a representative for the Rustic Roads Advisory Committee, which advises the County on issues related to the community's rustic roads. The deadline is March 23. Apply by using the new online application. Read more.
Before the Transportation Planning Board votes later this year to approve an annual update to the region’s Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan, it will conduct two detailed analyses; one that forecasts future changes in travel patterns under the proposed update, and another that quantifies the air quality impacts of those changes. Read more on the TPB Weekly Report.
The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) released Bicycle Policy and Design Guidelines that outline ways transportation planners and engineers can improve bicycling in Maryland. The guidelines present a consistent approach to bicycle facility design that recognizes the potential safety concerns of intermingling bicycles with vehicles. The document suggests creating a statewide bikeway network to increase motorist awareness and acceptance of bicyclists as legitimate roadway users and actively promote safe bicycling along roadways. Read the guidelines online.