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Germantown sinkhole finally repaired

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Hurley Boulevard in Germantown will reopen this week for the first time since a pipe collapsed and formed a sinkhole on July 22, Montgomery County Department of Transportation chief engineer Bruce Johnston announced.

Johnston said Hurley Boulevard should open again on Friday after the old pipe that collapsed was pumped with flowable fill, which is a cement-like liquid used to cut off water from flowing into a pipe, which should prevent another problem.

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Rockville looks for more federal funding

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Seal of Rockville MdROCKVILLE — While traditionally reliant – in part – on county, state and federal dollars to assist with its infrastructure needs, Rockville is now increasingly having to rely on bonds to keep its bridges safe and its roads paved.

According to City Council member Mark Pierzchala, Rockville is receiving $4 million less in infrastructure funding from the county and state, meaning the City has had to turn to bonding to fund road and bridge projects.

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Gburg’s Spiegel calls for highway funds restoration

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gaithersburg buildingGAITHERSBURG — At Monday night’s meeting of Gaithersburg’s Mayor and City Council, Council Vice President Ryan Spiegel identified what he called the top priority for Gaithersburg and all other Maryland municipalities in the current legislative session. Spiegel, who also serves as statewide chair of the legislative committee of the Maryland Municipal League, noted that under a formula set by state law, cities and towns throughout Maryland are entitled to receive funding for roadway restoration and maintenance,

“Unfortunately, that formula was eviscerated by the State of Maryland back in 2009 during the Great Recession,” Spiegel said. “Ever since them, cities and towns have been working to get the state to restore that formula to its rightful equation, because without it, cities and towns are being deprived of the money they need to maintain our roads and other transportation infrastructure.”

Spiegel said that the MML sought public involvement in helping to convince state legislators to restore this funding, known as highway user revenues, or HURs, which is largely funded by state gasoline taxes.

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Rockville replacing road paving

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Rockville paversRoad crews in Rockville work on repaving the downtown area with brick pavers. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKFoot traffic from so many festivals, difficulties for drivers seeing lane markings and a desire to keep walkways as nice as the one in front of a nearby hotel are all part of the reason the City of Rockville is spending almost $1 million to replace some of its road paving around the Town Center area. 

“The lane markings didn’t do that well,” said City of Rockville Chief of Construction Management Mike Wilhelm.

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Takoma Park approves junction traffic study

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TAKOMA PARK — The Takoma Park City Council on Wednesday approved a traffic study which will further advance the Takoma Junction redevelopment process.

“The city’s study is to identify options to address safety concerns and mitigate traffic congestion at Takoma Junction and evaluate the extent of cut-through traffic in adjacent neighborhoods,” City Manager Suzanne Ludlow said during the Council’s Wednesday evening meeting. “The findings will be used to advocate for roadway and intersection improvements.”

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Rice says debt, school capacity problems and Purple Line influencing County CIP

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GAITHERSBURG – County residents say they are concerned about capital budget projects, such as the aging Poolesville High School never being refreshed and the security of temporary classrooms near elementary schools.

On Monday, County Council Education Committee chairperson Craig Rice (District 2) told residents that the Purple Line – the light-rail service to connect Montgomery and Prince George’s counties—as well as the Council’s new spending affordability guidelines and County debt are chipping away at the money County will permit to be spent on school building costs and capital projects for schools in the FY 2019-2024 Capital Improvements Plan.

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Former Sentinel reporter makes history

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With election win, Danica Roem becomes first openly transgender legislator to serve anywhere in the U.S.

Danica Roem photoDanica Roem after winning three MDDC awards for the Sentinel.                                        FILE PHOTO  The experience and knowledge Virginia Delegate-Elect (and former Montgomery County Sentinel News Editor) Danica Roem (D) gained while covering local politics in Montgomery County proved invaluable to her winning effort in Tuesday’s election, Roem told the Sentinel during an interview the morning after her historic victory, which will make her the first openly transgender individual to serve in Virginia’s House of Delegates.

“When I was news editor of the Montgomery County Sentinel, I was part of a team that did a five-part series on water infrastructure, and I talked a lot about that series,” Roem said. “I talked about water infrastructure a lot on this campaign.”

Such issues might be boring – “the kind of stuff that makes reporters zone out” – but are extremely important, she said. “You’ve gotta take care of your infrastructure.”

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Chevy Chase Council caught in the middle

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Tension was noticeably thick as over a dozen residents of the Town of Chevy Chase spoke to the Town Council about their displeasure with the tactics and trustworthiness of Purple Line Transit Partners during a meeting at the Jane E. Lawton Community Center last Monday night.

“I would like the Council to formally put on record a request to fire the Purple Line Transit Partners, the private contractor behind the ridiculously short notice people had that the trail was going to be closed four to five years” said Deborah Vollmer during the public comments portion of the agenda. “They are thuggish; they’re incompetent.  And the way they have entered into this project we can only ask what more outrages are we going to face? What more corners are they going to cut?”

On Aug. 29, the Maryland Transit Administration announced on its Purple Line website that it would close the approximately 3.5-mile trail to begin construction on the rail system. The light-rail line will travel between Silver Spring and Bethesda on the trail right-of-way.

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Hogan offers expansion plans and toll roads to ease traffic congestion in Capital corridor

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GAITHERSBURG – Gov. Larry Hogan announced three separate projects totaling $9 billion to widen Interstate Highway 270, Interstate Highway 495 and State Route 295 Sept. 21.

Hogan, along with Maryland Secretary of Transportation Pete Rahn, announced officials in his administration began the process of soliciting potential companies with which to form a public-private partnership (P3) to add four toll lanes each to Interstate Highway 270, to Interstate Highway 495 and to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

“The daily backups on the Capital Beltway, I-270 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway have made the Baltimore-Washington corridor one of the most congested regions in the nation,” Hogan said. “This problem has been marring the quality of life of Maryland citizens for decades. Today we are finally going to do something about it.”

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Delaney tries to tackle crumbling infrastructure

 

220px John Delaney 113th Congress official photoWhen it comes to corporate tax breaks one ordinarily thinks Republican and one would ordinarily be correct in doing so.
However, what if the corporate tax break was not part of the usual “trickle-down economics” substanceless rhetoric but was actually applied directly to a specific undertaking that clearly benefited a particular community or communities?
That brings us to Democrat Congressman John Delaney of Maryland's 6th Congressional District.

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