Saturday, April 16, 2016

SHA to Hold Public Meeting about Proposed Project Along US 29 to Improve Safety and Accessibility

The Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration (SHA) will hold a public meeting to provide information about a project being designed to improve safety and accessibility along 0.3 miles of US 29 (Columbia Pike) from Lockwood Drive to Burnt Mills Avenue. The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 21, at Burnt Mills Elementary School, 11211 Childs Street, Silver Spring from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

The informational meeting will acquaint the public with project conceptual designs. SHA staff will make a brief presentation at 7 p.m. The public is then encouraged to walk at their own pace through a display area that will feature maps and other project information. SHA representatives will be available to answer questions.

The project is expected to improve pedestrian connectivity by:
  • Constructing a new sidewalk adjacent to southbound US 29 from Lockwood Drive to Burnt Mills Avenue and adjacent to eastbound Burnt Mills Avenue  from US 29 to Wheeler Drive; 
  • Constructing a retaining wall behind the new sidewalk along southbound US 29; 
  • Upgrading roadway signs; 
  • Realigning the crosswalk across US 29, on the north leg of the Burnt Mills Avenue intersection; 
  • Reconstructing traffic signals to provide pedestrian accessible signals; and 
  • Upgrading intersection lighting 
Final concepts should be completed by summer 2016. The project is currently funded only through the design stage.