Elrich Unveils New Park Valley Road Bridge as Part of Vision Zero Initiative

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, other officials and Silver Spring residents unveiled the new Park Valley Road Bridge over Sligo Creek in Silver Spring. The original bridge was built in 1931. 

According to a press release, the bridge will improve pedestrian and bicycle safety and give easier access to the hiker/biker trail. 

The new bridge, a project managed by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation, is 34 feet long with a sidewalk on the south side. 

The project is a part of the county’s Vision Zero initiative, which aims to minimize injuries and deaths in traffic collisions. 

Aside from the new Park Valley Road Bridge, the project also includes a new pedestrian bridge over Sligo Creek, a trail that connects the new pedestrian bridge to the already existing Sligo Creek Trail, a pedestrian path along that trail, and a revamped intersection with a new crosswalk and pedestrian/bicyclist median. 

The project cost $4.85 million, made up of $3.5 million in federal funds and $1.3 million in local funds.

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Maryam is a broadcast journalism major at the University of Maryland and an intern at Montgomery Community Media. She graduates in December and wants to be a television reporter. She previously interned at WBAL-TV 11 and was a reporter for Capital News Service. Maryam loves videography and always says the movie is better than the book. She can be reached at mshahzad@mymcmedia.org or on Twitter @maryamUMD.

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