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Friday, April 3, 2015
Go Montgomery April 2, 2015
MCDOT Acting Director Al Roshdieh Attends GreenFest; States His Mission is to Move People
On March 28, MCDOT Acting Director Al Roshdieh was interviewed by WTOP at the department's GreenFest exhibit. During the interview, Roshdieh discussed the County's plans for a rapid transit system and the progress that has been made on expanding alternative transportation, including Bikeshare and pedestrian access and safety. Roshdieh said, "My mission is to move people, not cars." Read the full story.
Leggett and Roshdieh Announce Launch of Transit Screen Initiative by MCDOT; Information Screens Show Real Time, Location-Based Transportation Alternatives
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Acting Director Al Roshdieh announced the launch of a transit screen project for public buildings that provides real-time information about all types of transportation options that are available near a particular location. The MCDOT initiative has installed two screens in Rockville, one in the Executive Office Building and one in the Council Office Building. MCDOT hopes to expand the program to regional service centers, libraries, recreation centers and other County facilities. Read more.
MCDOT Begins Road Patching and Resurfacing Projects
Full-depth, permanent patching and residential resurfacing projects are underway in Olney and Bethesda. Read more.
Montgomery County to Begin Residential Street Sweeping April 6
Montgomery County’s residential roadways will get a spring cleaning with the launch of the annual street sweeping program on about 4,000 of the County’s 5,000 lane miles of roads will get a spring cleaning with the launch of the annual street sweeping program. This joint effort between the Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) removes 1,000 tons of debris left behind after the winter snow season to improve water quality. Read more.
Roshdieh Joins Leggett, MDOT Secretary Rahn and SHA Administrator Peters to Promote Safety Awareness in Work Zones
During National Work Zone Awareness Week, Montgomery County Department of Transportation Acting Director Al Roshdieh joined County Executive Isiah Leggett and State Highway Administrator Melinda Peters to raise awareness about driving safely through live construction zones. Last year, nine people were killed in Maryland work zone-related crashes. During the last five years, there have been more than 8,000 work zone-related crashes contributing to more than 3,600 injuries. Read more.
SHA Making Storm Water Improvements on US 29
The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) recently began a $1.1 million storm water management improvement project on US 29 (Colesville Road/Columbia Pike) between the US 29/MD 650 (New Hampshire Avenue) interchange and Industrial Parkway in Silver Spring. Weather permitting, the project is expected to be completed in late summer. Read more.
April 2, 2015
Follow MCDOT on Twitter During Earth Month; Learn More about the Department’s Green Initiatives
During April, which is Earth Month, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s Twitter feed will feature daily posts about the department’s sustainable initiatives and activities. Discover more about the department’s goal to promote alternative transportation through walking, biking, transit and carpooling as it provides services in a way that reduces the County’s environmental footprint. Follow us on Twitter:@MCDOTNow.
Bike to Work Day Registration Now Open; May 15 Event Will Feature 15 Pit Stops in Montgomery County
Montgomery County Commuter Services, Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association are sponsoring this year’s Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 15. More than 10,000 area commuters are expected to participate in the free celebration of bicycling as a fun and healthy way to get to work. Drop in at one of 79 pit stops throughout Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia for refreshments and a chance to win bicycles and other prizes. Read more.