Five Design Projects Improving Safety on Bikeways, Near Transit Centers Approved

The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board approved 11 planning and design projects, five of which are in Montgomery County.

During the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Wednesday meeting, projects totaling $630,000 in technical assistance as part of the Transportation Land-Use Connections Program were approved.

In the City of Gaithersburg, $60,000 will be spent on a conditions and feasibility study to increase bike access to residents in neighborhoods and transit stations near the MARC and Shady Grove Metro stations as part of the Olde Town to Washington Grove bicycle connection.

Throughout Montgomery County, $50,000 will be used to upgrade existing streetlight standards as part of the county’s Vision Zero program.

In the City of Rockville, $60,000 was allocated for a Fleet and Monroe streets complete streets feasibility study to access construction alternatives along a one-half mile of road in the Rockville Town Center neighborhood.

Two projects in Takoma Park were approved. $70,000 will be used to design a bikeway that will extend from the Langley Park Transit Center to existing bike lanes on Kansas Avenue in Washington, D.C.  Also, $60,000 was approved for a full upgrade of the Metropolitan Branch Trail that runs between the D.C. border and Silver Spring. The goal of this project is to increase safety and accessibility.

All the approved projects are located in or near places that COG and the Transit Planning Board have identified as priority places to locate jobs and housing.

These projects are scheduled for completion by June 30, 2023.

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