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Council decides to delay Montrose Parkway East

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countysealAfter heated debates and discussion, the County Council on Tuesday finally reached an agreement on what to do about the proposed Montrose Parkway East road project – delay it for at least year.

The compromise keeps the idea of the project alive while pushing the decision to build down the road. Although it has been on county planners’ minds for years, the project became more significance after Amazon listed Montgomery County – specifically a site close to the proposed road near the former White Flint mall – on a list of possible destinations for its proposed second headquarters.

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County hammered for Montrose Pkwy decision

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MoCo LogoWith two votes against and one in favor, the Montgomery County Council Transportation and Energy Committee voted down a proposal meant to alleviate traffic congestion in North Bethesda near White Flint.

The 2-1 vote at last Thursday’s hearing means the committee will defer approval of Montrose Parkway East, a proposed four-lane highway that would connect the Rockville Pike and the Montrose Road interchange to Veirs Mill Road. The debate over the project proved contentious, as some committee members see the project as a potential infrastructure upgrade that could help lure Amazon to build their new headquarters in the County.

“Now it may happen, it may not happen, we don’t know,” said Council member Nancy Floreen (D-At Large), the lone vote for the project on the committee. “I don’t fault my colleagues for trying to solve other community-based problems, but until we know the results of what’s going on the economic development front, I would suggest we and move we table this conversation until we know the answer.”

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Gaithersburg residents express concerns about development

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gaithersburg buildingGAITHERSBURG — Several Gaithersburg residents came to a work session at City Hall Monday night to voice concerns about the effects of a proposed property development.  At work sessions held on March 27 and July 10 last year, Mayor Jud Ashman and the City Council were briefed on a proposal from Maser Consulting to construct two six-story apartment buildings and a parking garage on the site of the Kentlands Apartments. 

At those sessions, officials and area residents expressed concern that the developments could have adverse effects on traffic, particularly in regards to a proposed ingress/egress entrance on Great Seneca Highway, school capacity, snow and trash removal and public green spaces. Residents of the Colonnade, a condominium association which would be abutted by the proposed development, have expressed concerns about the impact of the development on their quality of life. 

Jodi Kline, an attorney with Miller, Miller and Canby, who represents the applicants, said that Maser Consulting had negotiated with Colonnade residents and incorporated their concerns into the revised proposal that was presented Monday night.

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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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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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Leggett pushes BRT in eastern Montgomery

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SILVER SPRING – Standing near one of the most congested corridors in Montgomery County Thursday, County Executive Ike Leggett (D) said routine rush-hour congestion is the reason local officials are heavily investing in Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).

“You can see the challenges of traffic even on a good day in the east part of the County,” said Leggett about rush-hour traffic on U.S. 29. “Think of the problems that many of us face when it’s snowing, when we have rain and when we have ice and all other kinds of challenges that we face each and every day.”

Leggett gathered Nov. 17 with Rep. John Sarbanes (D-3), Council member Roger Berliner (D-1) and Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman (R) to announce a naming contest for the BRT.

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Berliner 'skeptical' about Hogan's plan for tackling traffic woes

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Montgomery County Council member Roger Berliner (D-1) said he is not sure Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) call for adding $229 million for transportation infrastructure improvements will significantly alleviate traffic congestion in the area.

“I think many of us are skeptical that you can get a lot of change for $100 million,” said Berliner, a third-term council member who chairs the Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee. “The proof will be in the pudding, it’s an innovative approach.”

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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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'There's a Convention?'

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Hogan skips GOP national convention to address MoCo traffic problems

Larry Hogan sunglasses 7-20-16Governor Larry Hogan       PHOTO BY NEAL EARLEY

POTOMAC – Calling Interstate 270 the “most congested, plagued corridor in all of Maryland,” Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced the state government will spend $229.6 million to alleviate traffic on the highway.

Flanked by a Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Council members Nancy Floreen (D-At large), Roger Berliner (D-1) and George Leventhal (D-At large) near I-270 in Potomac, Hogan said Maryland had the worst traffic in the nation.

“We inherited a state infrastructure that for eight years had been largely ignored and severely underfunded,” Hogan said.

“A billion dollars has been siphoned from the transportation trust fund and was spent on things totally unrelated to transportation. As a result we had crumbling roads and bridges and the worst traffic in the nation.”

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State officials agree to reduce number of lanes at future White Flint intersection

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highway linesNORTH BETHESDA – The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) agreed to reduce the number of lanes at a future White Flint sector intersection last week as the county strives for a more walkable community.

The county originally planned reconstruction of the intersection at Old Georgetown Road and Hoya Street – part of the White Flint area development plans – with Old Georgetown Road as an eight-lane street to accommodate traffic.

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