Friday, June 29, 2018

Go Montgomery! June 29, 2018


Four More MCDOT Parking Facilities Now Have Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

MCDOT’s Division of Parking Management has installed electric vehicle charging stations in three more Bethesda garages and a parking lot in Silver Spring, bringing the total number of stations in MCDOT parking facilities to 16. The stations have the ability to charge 32 electric vehicles. Read more.


Construction to Begin Soon in Downtown Silver Spring to Add More Bike Lanes and the First Protected Intersection on the East Coast

MCDOT will soon start construction of a cycle track (separated bike lane) along Second and Wayne avenues from Spring Street to Georgia Avenue, and bike lanes on Cameron Street from Second to Georgia avenues. The lanes are part of a larger network of bike facilities that will enhance bicycle mobility and safety in Silver Spring. The project also includes the first East Coast protected intersection at Spring Street and Second Avenue. Read more


Two Pay By Phone Payment Options Now Available at All County Parking Meters

MCDOT has completed transitioning all County parking meters to accept both Parkmobile and MobileNow! pay-by-phone payment options. Montgomery County is one of the first jurisdictions in the country to expand mobile parking payment to two companies. Read more.


WMATA Board Approves Funding to End Red Line Turnbacks, But More Steps Remain

The Metro Board voted to provide funding to eliminate the Red Line turnbacks at Grosvenor, extending more Red Line service to Shady Grove. However, a study to assess whether the current infrastructure is adequate to handle the change will be completed in July. MCDOT has lobbied to end the turnbacks for years. Read the Washington Post story.


WDVM Story Features MCDOT’s Lookout Program, Which Informs Travelers About New Safety Infrastructure

MCDOT’s Gary Erenrich, special assistant to the Director, and Sandra Brecher, Commuter Services Section chief, were recently featured in a WDVM story about a MCDOT education program, “Look Out For Each Other.” Watch full story.


Two Montgomery County Employers Recognized by MWCOG Commuter Connections

MCDOT’s Commuter Services works closely with employers to promote ‘Better Ways to Work.’ Two of those employers were recently recognized by Commuter Connections at its 21st annual employer Recognition Awards that honored The Donohoe Companies, Bethesda, and IQ Solutions, Rockville. Read more.


Leggett Seeks Applicants for Taxicab Services Commission

County Executive Isiah Leggett is seeking applicants to fill one vacancy on the Taxicab Services Commission for a public member who must represent people with disabilities. The deadline to apply is July 13.  Read more and apply online.


MCDOT BRT Staff Featured at National Conference

MCDOT's Darcy Buckley made two presentations this week at the National Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Conference, discussing Montgomery County's public participation process for BRT projects and the development of BRT station prototypes. Learn more on BRT


SoberRide Offering Free Rides on Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4

The Washington Region Alcohol Program’s (WRAP) 2018 Independence Day SoberRide program is offering free, Lyft rides up to $15 between 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 4, and 4 a.m.,Thursday, July 5.  Read more.


County's Holiday Schedule


June 29, 2018



Highway Services Construction Season Well Underway

So far this season, MCDOT’s Highway Services has completed 82 roadway resurfacing projects, totaling 247 lane miles. Upcoming projects include:
Residential Roadway Resurfacing Projects:
   * Drews CourtPotomac
   * Metz Drive Subdivision,     Germantown
Permanent Patching Projects:
   * Hewitt AvenueAspen Hill
   * Boiling Brook Parkway     Rockville
   * Rippling Brook Drive     Colesville
   * Springbrook Village     Subdivision, Silver Spring
   * Beech AvenueBethesda 
   * Seneca Crossing Drive     Germantown
   * Park Mill DriveRockville     Mill Run Drive, Derwood
   * Derwood Station Phase I     Derwood


Don't Text and Drive

As “Don't Text and Drive Month” comes to an end, MCDOT is encouraging everyone to continue practicing safe driving all the time and put an end to texting and driving for the long term. Join the campaign at: #DontTextAndDrive 

Reinforcing Mat Installed Prior to Second Concrete Pour

Update on Wheaton Revitalization Project

The project’s underground garage is under construction and utility work continues along Grandview and Ennalls avenues. Get more information and view the live camera


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Go Montgomery! June 7, 2018


MCDOT Wins Six 2018 NACo Awards

MCDOT has won six National Association of Counties (NACo) awards, including one for Best in Category. The Division of Parking Management won three awards, and the divisions of Traffic Engineering and Operations, Transit Services and Transportation Engineering each won one.  Read more about the award-winning projects. 


Public Invited to Workshop on MacArthur Boulevard Bikeway Improvements

On June 7, MCDOT will hold a public workshop to inform residents about design plans for a shared use path between Old Angler’s Inn and Egger Drive, extending the previously completed path south of I-495. Read more.


Public Hearing Planned for Abandonment of Portion of Waters Road in Germantown

The public is invited to a hearing on June 27 to provide input on the proposed abandonment of a small portion of Waters Road in Germantown. A recently constructed concrete retaining wall along the northern edge of the newly extended Waters Road encroached on the right-of-way by about two inches. Read more.


Bike Owners Encouraged to Register Their Bikes With the County

Registering a bicycle with the County is a good way to increase the likelihood it will be recovered if it's stolen. Registration is easy – use the online form on the Police Department's bike registration page. Registration decals are mailed to bike owners.


MCDOT's Safe Routes to School Program and Coordinator Featured in Blog Post by Safe Routes to School National Partnership

“Since Safe Routes to School’s inception in Montgomery County, Maryland, the movement has expanded dramatically. Over the years, SRTS has been thrust into the limelight with successful work ranging from bike/ped safety projects to get students involved in the Walk Your Way Program to the YOLO high school education campaign.” Read more.


County Council to Hold Public Hearing on Technical Update to Master Plan of Highways and Transitways

The Montgomery County Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on a County Planning Board Master Plan of Highways and Transitways technical updateon July 10 at 1:30 pm. Read more.


Public Hearing Scheduled on Planning Board Draft Bicycle Master Plan 

The County Council will hold a public hearing on July 10 at 7:30 p.m., on the recently transmitted draft of the Bicycle Master Plan from the Montgomery County Planning Board. The draft master plan and appendix can be viewed here.  Read more.


Montgomery Parks to Hold Community Meeting on Capital Crescent Trail Crossing at Little Falls Parkway

Montgomery Parks is working on improving safety for Capital Crescent Trail users at the intersection of Little Falls Parkway. Attend a community meeting Wednesday, June 13, 7 p.m., at Somerset Elementary School, 5811 Warwick Place, Chevy Chase. Learn moreabout the project.


June 7, 2018



Upcoming Road Paving Projects


Wheaton Revitalization Updates

The geothermal system is complete and tested, allowing construction on the building foundation to begin. Underground utility work continues along Grandview and Ennalls avenues this week.
View the project’s progress on the construction camera. 


Wheaton Revitalization Project Wins IPI Marketing and Communications Award

MCDOT’s Division of Parking Management has won a 2018 International Parking Institute (IPI) award for outstanding marketing and communications programs for the Wheaton Revitalization Project, which is replacing a surface parking lot with a LEED Platinum office building, an underground parking garage, town square and first floor retail. Read more.
Parking Management Division Chief Jose Thommana accepts the award.