Monday, November 5, 2012

Forest Glen Gets Rehabilitated Streets and “Green Streets” Projects to Control and Treat Stormwater

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett announced that the rehabilitation of 17 lane miles of roads in three neighborhoods in Forest Glen has been completed through a program that is taking a more systematic and comprehensive approach to maintaining the County’s transportation infrastructure.

Most of the roads in Forest Glen targeted for reconstruction were in very poor condition. MCDOT removed and replaced deteriorated curbs and gutters, as needed, ground up the old roadway surface, further evaluated the road substructure for damage, patched where needed, and reconstructed the roads with hot mix asphalt.

The Forest Glen neighborhood is comprised of three Homeowners Associations: Forest Estates, Forest Grove and Northmont. The multi-year project proved to be an ideal time for the County’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to also make improvements in Forest Estates.  Through its Green Streets initiative, localized stormwater management features were incorporated into the County’s right-of-way. The components included rain gardens, bioretention gardens, and grass bioswales that channel runoff from paved surfaces to permeable soils, gravel and plants,  thus reducing pollution and improving stream water quality. The project is $1.00.  Each additional hour is $2.50.