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Pedestrian killed after police car collision

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Policelights 1A 74-year-old Kensington man was killed Wednesday evening after being struck by an unmarked police cruiser as he attempted to cross Veirs Mill Road on a Sunra motor scooter.

Officer Robert Farmer, an eight-year veteran of Montgomery County Police, was on duty at the time of the collision. He has been placed on mandatory administrative leave while an investigation is conducted. 

The victim, Loreto Andal Canubas of Dewey Road, was entering the eastbound lanes of Veirs Mill Road at approximately 9:45 p.m. after crossing westbound Veirs Mill Road, coming from Monterrey Drive. 

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Rockville Council backs BRT plan on Veirs Mill

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ROCKVILLE – The City Council voted in favor of a $148 million proposed plan to build curbside lanes dedicated to Bus Rapid Transit along Veirs Mill Road Monday.

However, the City Council’s vote is only a recommendation; county and state officials will ultimately determine what happens with the BRT project.

Council members Julie Palakovich Carr, Beryl Feinberg and Mark Pierzchala agreed to support one of three options up for consideration for adding BRT between Rockville and Wheaton Metro stations.

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Rockville ponders BRT on Veirs Mill Road

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ROCKVILLE -- City Council members voiced support for adding Bus Rapid Transit to Veirs Mill Road Monday but they couldn't decide whether to formally endorse any particular alternative or a broader set of options.

Council members divided over whether they should tell Montgomery County and state transportation officials their preferred alternative among the four options for adding more mass transit options between Wheaton and Montgomery College's campus in Rockville.

They opted instead to mull it over for a week and vote Oct. 17.

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Rockville studies BRT plans on Veirs Mill

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ROCKVILLE – When state officials announce this December their preferred route for bringing Bus Rapid Transit to the MD-586 (Veirs Mill Road) corridor, they will chose among options costing between $23 million to $237 million.

City Council members will need to endorse a route connecting the Rockville and Wheaton Metro stations by this fall, though they may be able to push back a state-imposed Oct. 14 deadline, according to Andrew Gunning, the deputy director of Community Planning and Development Services for the city.

The most expensive option is for dedicating one to two BRT-only lanes in the median. That costs $118 million more than installing an extra lane on the right-hand side of the road in each direction. 

“We’re actually finding that this option, even though it costs twice as much as the outer curb lane option, it only generates about 1,000 more riders per day, so it’s not a big increase,” Gunning said to City Council members Monday.

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Veirs Mill Road targeted for upgrades

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Two government agencies have individual plans for improving Veirs Mill Road for pedestrian and bicyclist safety and to decongest traffic following two deaths of bicyclists there since December.

The State Highway Administration is planning to update their design plans to build a corridor to connect Montrose Parkway from MD-355 to Veirs Mill Road.

Meanwhile, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission plans to review the Veirs Mill corridor to potentially improve accessibility for residents to the future Bus Rapid Transit system.

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Car crash claims bicyclist

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A bicyclist from Silver Spring is dead following a collision with a car Sunday afternoon in Aspen Hill.

Oscar Mauricio Gutierrez Osorio, 31, rode his bike on Veirs Mill Road toward Turkey Branch Parkway when a 2003 Honda headed eastbound struck him, according to Montgomery County Police spokesperson Rick Goodale.

Police took Osorio and the driver, 42-year-old Williams Alfo Cordova Siguenza, to a hospital, where Osorio died from his injuries.

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WSSC battles latest water main break

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SILVER SPRING — The latest water main break in the area left Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission workers for a total of more than 24 hours to repair after a main broke on Veirs Mill Road last week.

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Water main leak on Veirs Mill Road

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WaterMainBreak1WSSC has shut down 19 valves since Thursday, Feb. 11 due to a water main leak on Veirs Mill Road between Connecticut Avenue and Ferrara Avenue. Click on Image Gallery for more photos. PHOTOS BY KATHLEEN STUBBS & MARK POETKER

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