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Monday, August 27, 2018
Go Montgomery! August 27, 2018
MCDOT is Sponsoring a PARK(ing) Day Contest: Vote for Your Favorite Space and You Could Win a Gift Card
It’s not too late to sign up to participate in International PARK(ing) Day on September 21 in Bethesda or Silver Spring. Participants have until September 12 to sign up. Can’t participate, but plan to check out the fun “parks?” Choose your favorite park by going online and voting. You will automatically be entered into a random drawing for a $25 gift card. Get more information about entering the contest at any of the PARK(ing) Day parks. Read more.
MCDOT Begins Installing Traffic Signals with Backplate Retroreflective Borders
MCDOT recently installed the first County traffic signals with backplate retroreflective borders at the intersection of Darnestown and Glen Mill roads. The use of retroreflective borders will be the standard for all reconstructed and new traffic signals owned and installed by Montgomery County. The borders improve safety by enhancing the visibility of the signal in both daytime and nighttime. Read more.
MCDOT Division of Parking Survey Shows High Overall Satisfaction with County’s Parking Facilities
Parking permit holders and visitors to County-owned garages, lots and on-street parking spaces in Bethesda, Silver Spring and Wheaton were surveyed to find out what they thought of the County’s parking facilities. They received an overall rating of 4.7 out of 5. Read entire report.
MCDOT Planning More Bicycle Infrastructure in White Flint
This fall, MCDOT will be resurfacing Executive Boulevard and will use the opportunity to install one-way, separated bike lanes from Woodglen Drive to Nicholson Lane. The new five-foot-wide lanes will be located along the curb and include a two-to-three-foot striped buffer as well as vertical posts. On street parking will continue to be available and will be located seven feet from the face of the curb.
Leggett Seeks Applicants for Silver Spring Transportation Management District Advisory Committee
County Executive Isiah Leggett is seeking applicants to fill six vacancies on the Silver Spring Transportation Management District Advisory Committee representing three large (50 or more employees) and three small businesses from the Silver Spring central business district. Apply online by September 10.
Learn More About the Region’s Transportation Plans by Participating in Visualize 2045
Visualize 2045 is the federally required, long-range transportation plan for the National Capital Region. It identifies all regionally significant transportation investments planned through 2045 plus those not yet funded. Learn more about the draft plan at an open house sponsored by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board on September 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Upcounty Government Services Center.
Falling Creek Road Closed for Emergency Repairs
During a routine inspection, MCDOT found that a 72-inch, corrugated metal storm drain pipe under Falling Creek Road in Silver Spring needed immediate replacement. The pipe carries water from the Paint Branch tributary. MCDOT will replace the failed pipe section, which will require the closure of a portion of Falling Creek Drive for an extended period of time. A detour route has been established.
Upcoming Roadway Project Planned
MCDOT will be replacing several asphalt bus pads with new concrete ones along Lost Knife Road between Odendhal and Montgomery Village avenues. Read more.
Planning Board to Consider MCDOT Plans for Goldsboro Road Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements
MCDOT has proposed pedestrian and bicycle improvements along a one-mile segment of Bethesda's Goldsboro Road, from River Road to MacArthur Boulevard. The proposal includes an expanded roadway with two, 11-foot-wide travel lanes; six-foot-wide cycle tracks in each direction; three-foot-wide, striped buffers with flex posts; and a concrete sidewalk. Read more.
What Roadways and Sidewalks Can Bike Riders Use?
By Maryland law, bicycles are vehicles, and bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers. Bicyclists can ride in the travel lanes of any roadway where the posted maximum speed limit is less than 50 miles an hour. Bicyclists are also allowed to ride in the shoulder of State roads – roads in Montgomery County that are numbered. Read more.
August 27, 2018
Celebrate Community Service Day with MCDOT: Donate Bikes, Bike Parts, and Helmets to Low Income Families
Have a bike that’s no longer needed? On Friday, October 26, MCDOT will once again sponsor a bike collection during this year’s Community Service Week celebration. Donate bicycles, bicycle parts, and/or helmets. Last year, more than 100 bikes were donated. Read more.
Takoma Park News Features MCDOT’s Call-N-Ride Program
Sam Oji, MCDOT’s chief of enhanced mobility and senior services section in the Division of Transit Services, was interviewed about MCDOT’s Call-n-Ride Program in the August Takoma Park Newsletter. The program increases transportation options for low-income residents 65 or older and for those with disabilities. Read more on Page 9: Getting Around Town by Helen Lyons.