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From PEPCO: Summer Preparedness, Hurricane Season is Here

As residents of the Mid-Atlantic region, we’re susceptible to hurricanes and severe weather that can be potentially devastating to our communities. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 5 to 8 named storms are predicted to make landfall in the United States during the 2017 hurricane season.

We know all too well that hurricanes and storms have the potential to disrupt lives by causing power outages and damage to buildings and homes from downed trees or flooding. We want you to know that are ready for these major storms.

Our storm preparation efforts include implementing a planned, strategic response to restoring service as quickly and safely as possible. This includes:

  • Providing new customers with information on how to prepare for storms and potential power outages, such as our “Storm Prep Handbook” available at pepco.com/stormprep. You can call Customer Care at 800-375-7117 to request a copy via mail.*  Planning for additional personnel and resources, as needed, to restore service after a major storm. As an Exelon utility, we are able to share resources with Baltimore Gas and Electric,
  • Planning for additional personnel and resources, as needed, to restore service after a major storm. As an Exelon utility, we are able to share resources with Baltimore Gas and Electric, PEPCO and Delmarva Power, which allows us to respond to storms faster and more cost-effectively.
  • Working with local government, public safety personnel, and first responders through our Emergency Services Partnership Program to respond quickly, safely and effectively to emergencies

Over the past five years, we’ve also made significant improvements to our infrastructure.

  • Upgraded more than 5,116 wood cross-arms to stronger fiberglass cross-arms on utility poles to make them more resistant to damage
  • Installed more than 579 advanced switches which help us isolate outages and restore power to customers quicker if it does go out
  • Replaced hundreds of miles of power lines with sturdier, more resilient wire and trimmed trees along hundreds of miles of power lines

Our employees prepare for the possibility of storm-related power outages by regularly participating in emergency drills. We maintain a supply of essential equipment, such as poles, wires, and transformers. And we communicate and coordinate with other utilities so that we have the ability to quickly request their assistance if needed.

Help us spread the word about emergency preparedness to your constituents, our customers, by sharing a few helpful links so we can all be weather-ready:

 

Summit Avenue Extension

Summit Avenue Extension Public Workshop

Held on June 13, 2017

TOWN OF CHEVY CHASE VIEW RESIDENTS

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) project website states that “Public input is the key to an effective planning process, as it allows MCDOT to understand the concerns of the community.”  MCDOT has a specific form which residents are asked to use to submit their comments.  This form is found on the project website under the tab “Project Documents”.  The form is part of the document titled “Summit Avenue Extension June 13, 2017 Public Workshop Displays and Handout”. The project website contains maps, documentation, schedule, and contact information.

http://montgomerycountymd.gov/dot-dte/projects/summitave/index.html

MCDOT asks that the form with any comments be sent to them by Friday, June 30, 2017.  This is your opportunity to communicate your questions or concerns directly with MCDOT via the form referenced above or to the project manager via his email address shown below.

Background

This summary is based on a review of the information and documents available on the (MCDOT) website and brief discussions with DOT staff at the workshop on the proposed extension held at the Kensington Town Hall, June 13, 2017.

What is it?  [from the project website]

The MCDOT is performing a planning study to determine the need to extend Summit Avenue from Plyers Mill Road to the intersection of Connecticut Avenue (MD 185) and University Boulevard (MD 193) via Farragut Avenue over approximately 1,350 feet of length and to widen the existing bridge over CSX Railroad.

Currently, Summit Avenue ends at the bridge over CSX Railroad south of the intersection with Plyers Mill Road. This bridge carries two 12-foot lanes and a 6-foot sidewalk on each side. The proposed [extension would] include two 11-foot travel lanes and one 8-foot parking lane plus one 6-foot sidewalk with a 7-foot green buffer on each side. Three alternatives were evaluated for the tie in to the intersection of MD 185/MD 193. The bridge widening adds a northbound 10-foot right-turn lane on the bridge.

The costs of the various alternatives, exclusive of design and construction management, are estimated to range from approximately $19M to $22M.

Why is it needed?

The MCDOT cites two objectives:

  1. Alleviate traffic congestion on Connecticut Avenue (MD 185) and University Boulevard (MD 193)
  2. Provide alternative route(s) for southwest-northeast travel

The MCDOT projects that by 2040 travel times on Connecticut Avenue and on University Boulevard will increase substantially, possibly as much as 40% during morning and evening rush hours.

Relationship to Kensington Master Plan

MCDOT states that it bases its recommendations in part on approved Master Plans. “The 2012 Kensington Sector Plan recommends extending Summit Avenue north of Plyers Mill Road as [a] two-lane Business District Street in a 60-foot right-of-way with [a] Signed Shared Roadway Local Bikeway.”

Potential Impact on Town of Chevy Chase View

One major impact on the Town would be the possibility of additional traffic on Cedar Lane.  The project is in phase 1, which calls for an initial concept and limited planning.  It is only in phase 2 when the effect on Cedar Lane, as well as other potential impacts, would be analyzed.  The project staff state, however, that at this point only phase 1, currently scheduled to be completed by October 2017, has been funded.  If the project were eventually approved and fully funded, MCDOT staff estimate approximately 5-6 years for completion.

MCDOT also lists the name and email of the project manager who may be contacted for more information:

Mr. Greg Hwang – Project Manager

Phone: 240-777-7279

Email: Greg.Hwang@montgomerycountymd.gov

MVA On Wheels Schedule

According to the MVA, their mobile office will be in Friendship Heights, between 10 am and 2 pmon:

  • Monday, July 24, 2017
  • Monday, August 21, 2017
  • Monday, September 25, 2017
  • Monday, October 30, 2017
  • Monday, November 20, 2017
  • Monday, December 18, 2017

MVA On Wheels is in its eighteenth year of service to Friendship Heights and continues to be a very popular and useful amenity. The bus parks on Friendship Boulevard adjacent to the Village Center.

The services offered will be:

  • Renew a non-commercial drivers license
  • Renew a Maryland photo identification card
  • Obtain a duplicate drivers license
  • Obtain a certified copy of a driving record
  • Obtain disability placards
  • Renew a vehicle registration
  • Obtain substitute stickers
  • Obtain duplicate registrations
  • Return tags
  • Change your name and/or address
  • Register to vote
  • Register as an organ donor

Two New Utility Scams

From the Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection:

We would like to alert residents to two new utility scams reported by you, our consumers.  One scam has a caller identifying himself as “Greg Miller” (and possibly other names) calling from ‘PEPCO’ warning the consumer that their power would be shut off due to unpaid bills.  The caller leaves a toll-free number and extension.  When the consumer calls that number back, the outgoing message sounds very much like what a PEPCO caller would hear if they were actually calling PEPCO.  If you receive a call from someone claiming to be a PEPCO representative about a bill that does not sound familiar and threatening to shut off your power, hang up and call PEPCO directly at the number that appears on your monthly bill to see if the call was legitimate.

The second scam reported is a variation of the water quality scam seen in the County last year.  With the increased concern over the tap water purity, County residents have reported various entities offering to test your water.  These scammers pose as the Environmental Protection Agency conducting surveys, as authorized WSSC representatives, or simply are unnamed companies providing a “free” service to residents.  The EPA is concerned that those posing as the EPA may be focusing on Spanish-speaking communities.  These scammers come door-to-door and conduct “tests” in your living room which purport to show you how your water is contaminated.  They may even leave vials at your door with notes on how to have your water tested later.  To obtain information about the EPA’s drinking water regulations and general information about drinking water, you may contact the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791 or https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water.

Status of traffic signaling on Rockville Pike (MD355) at Cedar Lane/West Cedar Lane

Dear Residents,

As you know, there have been many concerns about changes in the traffic signaling on Rockville Pike (MD 355) at Cedar Lane/West Cedar Lane. This is a very complex intersection with many lanes and many varied movements. Any signaling changes must be considered with great care because changing one traffic movement will affect many other traffic movements.

Here is a message from Anyesha Mookherjee of the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), which she has asked me to share with you, regarding these changes. Please note that before the changes she discusses can be implemented, the changes must undergo further testing prior to being integrated into the signaling system. The testing may cover a period of weeks and, if successful, would require traffic at the intersection to be halted for a short period of time during off-peak hours in order to install appropriate signaling technology. SHA intends to issue a formal announcement once the signaling changes have advanced successfully through these processes.

“This is in further response to your constituent’s traffic and safety concerns at the subject intersection in Montgomery County. The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) District Three traffic office appreciates the opportunity to be of assistance to you.

We are pleased to inform you that flashing red left-turn operation was recently approved along southbound MD 355 except during the evening peak period and along northbound MD 355 except when the movement is currently restricted at the subject intersection. With this flashing red left-turn signal, southbound and northbound left-turn vehicles are allowed to turn left after a complete stop when the red left-turn arrows are flashing. This should address the issue that you brought to our attention, namely having to wait a full cycle for the green arrow in case one misses it. As this flashing red left-turn operation was only recently approved by our Office of Traffic and Safety, a schedule for its implementation is not yet available at this time.

Sincerely,

Anyesha Mookherjee
Maryland DOT – SHA
Assistant District Engineer–Traffic”

Phil Alperson
Military Installations / BRAC Coordinator
Office of the Montgomery County Executive
c/o MCDOT Div. of Transportation Engineering
100 Edison Park Drive, 4th Floor S.E.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Report Street Light Outages

Street lights are an important safety feature within the Town.  If you notice that a street light is not working properly,  please report the outage immediately and directly to Pepco’s outage center online address at http://www.pepco.com/pages/connectwithus/outages/streetlightoutage.aspx

Providing specific information about the location, address and pole number of the light will help field personnel make repairs expeditiously.  Additionally, if you discover a downed streetlight pole, exposed electrical wires or any other hazardous situation, please call Pepco immediately at 1-877-737-2662 with information that includes the closest address, intersection or another landmark.  Thank you for helping to keep the neighborhood safe by ensuring that our street lights work correctly.

MVA On Wheels Schedule

According to the MVA, their mobile office will be in Friendship Heights, between 10am and 2pm, on Monday, June 19, 2017.

MVA On Wheels is in its eighteenth year of service to Friendship Heights and continues to be a very popular and useful amenity. The bus parks on Friendship Boulevard adjacent to the Village Center.

The services offered will be:

  • Renew a non-commercial drivers license
  • Renew a Maryland photo identification card
  • Obtain a duplicate drivers license
  • Obtain a certified copy of a driving record
  • Obtain disability placards
  • Renew a vehicle registration
  • Obtain substitute stickers
  • Obtain duplicate registrations
  • Return tags
  • Change your name and/or address
  • Register to vote
  • Register as an organ donor