Thursday, November 5, 2015

Go Montgomery Newsletter - November 6, 2015

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Ride On Lauded as Early Adopter of Transit Technology that is Enticing People to Use Transit

Montgomery County's Ride On bus system was featured in a National Public Radio story about the way transit systems across the country are using technology and data to improve service and information access for customers. Read more.


Street Teams Plan More Pedestrian Safety Education Events in November

With fewer hours of daylight, fall and winter are the times of the year that are the most dangerous for pedestrians as people may be traveling in the dark during both the morning and evening rush hours. It is vitally important for drivers to watch out for pedestrians and for pedestrians to make themselves visible. Pedestrians can do this by wearing bright or reflective clothing, walking in well-lit areas, and carrying a flashlight. Read more.


New Silver Spring Residents Invited to Learn about Major Transportation Projects Planned for their Community

Those new to Silver Spring are invited to attend the next meeting of the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board to learn more about future projects that may expand their transit options including the Purple Line Light Rail system and a Bus Rapid Transit system for US 29 and New Hampshire Avenue. The meeting will be held on Monday, November 9, at the Silver Spring Civic Building. The transportation discussion is scheduled to begin at 7:10 p.m. Read more.


MCDOT Sponsors Annual Litter Clean Up for Community Service Day

On October 24, MCDOT employees and community members participated in the annual “Dirty Roads and Delis” litter clean up. Staff selects a neighborhood around a deli that needs help with litter collection, and then pitch in to improve the appearance of the community. Removing trash also keeps it out of the County’s streams, improving water quality. Read more.


SHA to Hold Public Hearing in December on the MD 97 - Montgomery Hills Project Planning Study

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA), Montgomery County, and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) invite the public to attend a Location/Design Public Hearing for the MD 97 (Georgia Avenue) - Montgomery Hills Project Planning Study. Staff will formally present the results of the detailed engineering and environmental studies for the project, which proposes alternatives to establish a balanced approach to transportation within the MD 97 corridor. Read more.


MCDOT Honors its Outstanding Employees

On November 2, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) honored 30 of its best employees at an Employee of the Year awards ceremony. In addition, employees were recognized for serving the County for 20, 25, 30, 35 or 40 years. Read more.


Employers: 2015 Commuter Survey is Now Available

Montgomery County's annual commuter survey has been sent to selected employers. Employer participation is vital, because the information collected from employees through the survey helps the County and other jurisdictions in the region plan for future transportation projects - and that affects commuters and employers alike. Read more.

November 6, 2015


Highway Services Road Improvement Update

The Division of Highway Services (DHS) continues road improvement projects in November.  Schedules are dependent on weather conditions. 


Permanent pavement patching projects are planned for two roads in Olney: Hines Road and Cashell Road. Permanent pavement patching preserves pavement, restoring the roadway’s structural capacity and integrity. In these types of projects, DHS makes full depth patches, seals cracks, applies hot mix asphalt and replaces lane markings. Upcoming projects will take about three weeks to complete and will require daily, short-term parking restrictions. Work will occur Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., but some Saturday work may be required.


A three-week pavement preservation project is also planned for Shakespeare Boulevard, from Frederick Road to Germantown Road, in Germantown to repair and resurface the roadway. The project includes full depth patching, crack sealing, application of a liquid surfacing material and replacement of lane markings. Work hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Temporary lane closures and detours may be necessary. 


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