Colesville Highway Maintenance Depot Officially Reopens (PHOTO)
UPDATED The Colesville Highway Maintenance Depot has reopened after undergoing a $7.8 million expansion and renovation.
Officials from the Montgomery County Department of General Services (DGS) and Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation celebrated the occasion on May 3rd at 14335 Cape May Road in Silver Spring.
A plaque honoring Leo Brooks, a former Colesville Highway Depot employee who died while on the job, was also unveiled at the reopening ceremony, according to a county news release. Brooks died while driving an MCDOT vehicle.
“The Colesville Depot has been refurbished and expanded to provide more efficient highway maintenance operations, bring it into compliance with current life-safety and ADA standards, allow for better readiness of Highway crews in weather-related emergencies, provide more repair bays for truck and highway equipment repairs, and add more exterior facilities to store roadway maintenance bulk materials,” Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett said. “It’s also fitting today that we remember one of our own, Leo Brooks, who worked at this depot and died while on the job,” he said.
The newly expanded and improved depot includes state of the art equipment and facilities to help employees maintain roadways, the news release stated. The renovated facility is now 12,505 square feet and features improved accommodations like; a crew and assembly area, locker rooms, full commercial kitchen, a conference room, and an administration office. The expansion also has four maintenance bays, a tools warehouse, and upgraded mechanical and electrical systems.
“The revitalization and expansion of the Colesville Depot will greatly improve MCDOT’s ability to provide the east county with a higher level of service, especially when responding to seasonal storms,” MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh said. ”I want to thank County Executive Leggett for his commitment to upgrading MCDOT’s facilities to ensure that staff have the proper resources to do their work for the public. I’m also privileged at this building rededication to unveil a plaque honoring the memory of Leo Brooks, a dedicated MCDOT employee who was based here in the Colesville Depot.”
Montgomery County Department of General Services (DGS) Director David Dise notes that the Colesville Depot is one of many renovation projects the County is working on.
“The [reopening] of the expanded Colesville depot is the most recent example of our on-going commitment to renovate and improve older public facilities, thereby extending the public’s investment and delivering better services to them,” Dise said.
For more information, visit the Montgomery County website.