Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Pedestrian crossing signals with longer crossing times are in the future for Friendship Heights.
The Friendship Heights Transportation Management District Advisory Committee is working with transportation officials to install safer crosswalk signals in Friendship Heights. Here is a timeline of all fatal accidents in Montgomery and Prince George's counties. Wisconsin Avenue—a state highway that passes through Friendship Heights—is a danger zone for pedestrians. Last month, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation held a meeting to discuss the necessity for longer walking signals near medical buildings, a location that senior citizens frequent. Transportation Systems Engineering Manager Bruce Mangum shared great news: “We have an effort ongoing in the county to re-time all of the pedestrian signals in the county to reflect the…
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Drivers should expect major delays through early Friday.
Two lanes of southbound Rockville Pike north of Cedar Lane remain closed Thursday evening as Washington Suburban and Sanitary Commission crews work on emergency repairs to a water main line and sinkhole. The closure is expected to remain through Thursday evening and early Friday, according to the Maryland State Highway Administration. Drivers should expect major delays and are urged to seek alternate routes.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Project is expected to wrap up in spring of 2013.
A long-term road resurfacing project is underway that will bring yet more lane closures to the Rockville Pike. The $2.3 million safety and resurfacing project, headed up by the Maryland State Highway Administration, is planned for the Rockville Pike between Cedar Croft Drive in Bethesda – just north of Cedar Lane – and Strathmore Avenue in North Bethesda. SHA crews will resurface the roadway and clean inlets. Sidewalk ramps and driveways will be upgraded to make them compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), and damaged curbs, gutters, sidewalks and guardrails will be replaced. There also will be new pavement markings. Weather permitting, work on the 3.3-mile stretch of is expected to wrap up in spring of 2013. Drivers …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
The Maryland State Highway Administration says that a pedestrian-activated crossing signal across Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase Village is "not recommended at this time."
Crossing Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase Village by foot isn't likely to get easier any time soon. Although the Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers, the Chevy Chase Village Traffic Committee, residents and elected officials wrote to the Maryland State Highway Administration in support of installing a pedestrian-activated traffic signal (along with a marked crosswalk) at an intersection across Connecticut Avenue near Chevy Chase Village Hall, the SHA is not recommending a signal at this time, according to a letter (dated July 10) sent by the SHA to Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers Chair Patricia Baptiste. Instead, the SHA will install a new flashing pedestrian warning beacon on Connecticut Avenue. SHA conducted a study noting the …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
BRAC-related construction work will close Elmhirst Drive at the Rockville Pike.
BRAC-related utility work that has prompted the temporary closure of Elmhirst Drive in Bethesda has been extended through late April, according to a Maryland State Highway Administration news release. The work is in preparation for a major intersection improvement project near Cedar Lane and the Rockville Pike, one of a host of transportation upgrades around the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The federally-mandated Base Realignment and Closure process drew 2,500 new employees to the military hospital last year and is expected to nearly double the amount of annual visitors to one million. Crews have been working on relocating a water line near Elmhirst since early March, according to the release, and will soon begin …
Monday, November 21, 2011
Long-term parkers are causing traffic hazards along the Bethesda thoroughfare, neighbors argue, but the State Highway Administration says it's safe to park there.
It started off as just a few cars here and there. But in recent months, the number of people parking during the day along Bradley Boulevard west of Glenbrook Road has increased dramatically, neighbors say. And despite a push by residents, the Maryland State Highway Administration says it won’t post parking restrictions there. Closer to downtown Bethesda on Bradley, parking is restricted to two hours. But just a short walk away, there’s unrestricted parking in the shoulders of the Bethesda thoroughfare. “I think the word has gotten around – hey, if you want free parking, it’s just a ten minute walk away,” said John Wetmore, who lives along Bradley. Neighbors attribute the increase in long-term parkers to commuters– those seeking a place to …
Friday, November 18, 2011
State Highway administrators debuted a monster-sized "tow plow" Thursday. The new tool can plow two lanes of snow at one time.
If, after one of the snowstorms sure to come this winter, you see a monstrous snow plow tackling two lanes of traffic at once, don't worry, you're not seeing double. The Maryland State Highway Administration announced Thursday that it plans to put two super-sized, double-duty "tow plows" on state roads this winter. Tow plows are making their way to Maryland after testing in Missouri. They work as part of a train, towing behind and to the side of maintenance trucks. They may also be used to salt roads after storms or to pre-treat roads before snow with salt brine. SHA says the plows will reduce fuel costs and emissions because one driver can cover the area of two plows. "Snow is something we think about 24/7, 365 days a year," said …
Friday, June 10, 2011
Two lanes on Old Georgetown Road will be closed overnight this weekend and next weekend, SHA says.
Two-lane overnight lane closures on Old Georgetown Road will begin Friday evening as a part of the Maryland State Highway Administrations’s ongoing safety and resurfacing project on the route. SHA is beginning new bus pad installation on Old Georgetown between North Brook Lane and Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Bethesda beginning at 10p.m. Friday. Weather permitting, crews will close two southbound lanes overnight between between 10p.m. Friday and noon on Saturday. A single southbound lane will be closed from noon Saturday until noon Sunday. Next weekend, crews will close two northbound lanes overnight between 10pm. Friday, June 17 and noon Saturday, June 18, and close a single northbound lane between noon Saturday, June 18 and noon Sunday, …
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
WSSC said that a small number of its customers in Chevy Chase Village, Martin’s Additions and Section 3 of The Village of Chevy Chase will be without water Wednesday, April 6.
Dear Chevy Chase, if you live on Raymond, Quincy, Primrose or Oxford streets, or Brookville Road, you may be one of the estimated eight to 12 Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) customers who will be without water from approximately 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, according to WSSC Public Affairs Manager John White. Stock up on bottled water and grab a shower first thing in the morning because it could be a long day without the elixir of life. “It’s my understanding that they [residents] know of the shutdown,” White said, adding that the repair work should only take one day. The Maryland State Highway Administration’s (SHA) repaving project of Brookville Road (MD 186) between Western Avenue and East West Highway began …
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Temperatures remain near the freezing mark.
State Highway Administration officials and Montgomery County Department of Transportation crews continue to salt and sand the roads in and around Chevy Chase. No incidents have been reported and temperatures have been hovering above freezing, according to State Highway Administration spokesperson, Charlie Gischlar. Views from traffic cameras along I-495 at Connecticut Avenue and River Road show traffic moving as usual. Still, motorists are cautioned about slowing down in icy weather. Pavement conditions remain very slick and icy especially in neighborhoods, according to the Montgomery County website. DOT crews will continue to treat all major roads, including emergency and secondary routes, followed by neighborhood streets in …