Wednesday, June 15, 2016

MCDOT Completes Chapman Avenue Extension; Project Designed to Relieve Congestion and Promote Safety in White Flint Area

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s (MCDOT) Division of Transportation Engineering has completed a project to extend Chapman Avenue, from Randolph Road to Old Georgetown Road, and it is now open to traffic. The road includes five-foot sidewalks on both sides of the street and a signed/shared bikeway on Chapman Avenue.  As the White Flint area redevelops into a more walkable/bikeable community, Chapman Avenue provides another critical north-south link that is expected to help relieve traffic congestion on MD 355. 

“We have envisioned a Smart Growth future for the White Flint area that creates a more pedestrian and bicycle friendly community – one with a street grid that provides easy access to residential, retail and commercial properties,” said County Executive Isiah Leggett. “The Chapman Avenue extension is an important element in that plan to enhance safety, relieve congestion and provide better access.”

The road was built with future amenities in mind, such as non-standard lighting, shared use walk and bikeways and other accommodations to support a live, work, play community. Utilities were moved underground and conduit installed to accommodate White Flint street lighting that will match later development of the streetscape. Shade trees were installed as part of the landscape treatment. Traffic signals and crosswalk improvements were made at the intersection of Chapman Avenue and Randolph Road. Pocket parking lanes are available for vehicles. The project also includes stormwater management features.

The $3.3 million Chapman Avenue extension reconstructed Maple Avenue south of Randolph Road and connected it to Chapman Avenue. The resulting 70-foot-wide roadway completes the last link in the Chapman Avenue – Citadel Avenue roadway corridor.  Construction on the project began in March 2015.