New Green Streets Coming to Gaithersburg
The city of Gaithersburg will begin construction of three new green streets on May 22.
The green street locations are:
—Victory Farm Drive west of the intersection of Victory Farm Drive and Saybrooke Oaks Boulevard
—Dosh Drive west of the intersection of Dosh Drive and Midline Road
—Cedar Avenue northeast of the intersection of Cedar Avenue and Winnie Place
Construction is scheduled to begin May 22, weather permitting. After completion, city officials said each project will be thoroughly evaluated for effectiveness and the results will be incorporated in future projects.
Gaithersburg’s green streets are an environmental initiative uses a natural approach to manage stormwater flows, improve water quality, reduce urban area heat, recharge groundwater, and enhance watershed health. Through the use of curb extensions, plants, swales and pervious pavings, green streets not only handle stormwater on site, they also have the added benefit of reducing runoff, enhancing streetscapes with their native landscaping and calming traffic by reducing street widths.
According to city officials, an assessment of the city’s older neighborhoods that lack stormwater management and meet the Green Street design criteria, conducted by Gaithersburg’s Environmental Services Division, identified several potential public streets that could utilize this retrofit strategy. The three locations being converted to green streets this spring were selected because of their wide road widths and the minimal impact on the surrounding neighborhood.
Gaithersburg constructed its first green street on Rabbitt Road in 2008. A portion of Victory Farm Drive was retrofitted as a Green Street in 2010. For more information please contact the Department of Public Works at 301.258.6370.