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Summit Avenue Extension Update

Summit Avenue Extension Public Comment Period

Extended to October 16, 2017

AND

Second Public Meeting on Thursday, September 14th

 

TOWN OF CHEVY CHASE VIEW RESIDENTS

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has extended the public comment period on the Summit Avenue Extension from June 30, 2017, to October 16, 2017. MCDOT has also scheduled a second public meeting on Thursday, September 14th, (7:00 PM to 9:00 PM). The meeting will be held at the Kensington Town Hall.

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) project website states that “Public input on the Summit Avenue Extension is the key to an effective planning process, as it allows MCDOT to understand the concerns of the community.”  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

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

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 into 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

Excavation Blasting for the MD 355/Rockville Pike Crossing Project at the Medical Center Metro Station

Information blasting related to the Crossing Project:

  • TEST BLASTS:  Controlled test blasts will begin the week of July 10, weather permitting.  There will be three test blasts, one blast per day.  We anticipate test blasts to take place between 9:30 AM and 3:30 PM.  Specific test blast dates are not yet confirmed.
  • LONG-TERM BLASTING SCHEDULE:  When the tests have been concluded, blasting through mid-2018 will occur up to 4-5 times per week (2-3 per week for the elevator shaft, 4-5 per week for the underground tunnel connecting the elevator to the Metrorail mezzanine).
  • NO RUSH HOUR BLASTING:  Blasting won’t occur during peak traffic hours (between 5:30 and 9:30 AM, and 3:30 and 7:30 PM), but could take place during non-peak hours in the daytime or during overnight hours.  Advance notice of nighttime blasting will be provided.
  • NO WEEKEND BLASTING PLANNED:  No weekend blasting is currently planned but may be necessary under special circumstances.  Advance notice of weekend blasting will be provided if necessary.
  • MINIMAL VIBRATIONS:  Very minimal ground vibrations may be felt by some persons.
  • TRAFFIC CLOSURES FOR BLASTING:  It is anticipated that intermittent traffic closures will only be necessary for the initial 4 to 5 weeks of blasting. The need for further traffic closures will be closely monitored during this 4 to 5-week period.  Advance notice will be provided if it is necessary to continue the traffic closures beyond the 4 to 5-week period following the start of blasting.
  • BLAST WARNING HORNS AND TRAFFIC CONTROL:
    • There will be 5 long signals 5 minutes before the blast, and 10 short signals 1 minute before the blast.
    • It is anticipated that only individuals in the project vicinity will hear blast warning horns.
    • 5-10 minutes prior to blast, vehicle and pedestrian traffic will be stopped along Rockville Pike, between Jones Bridge Road and South Wood Drive (Navy Gate #2).
    • An “All Clear” short horn signal will sound after blasting.
    • 1 minute after blast, normal traffic resumes.

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

240-777-2595

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:

 

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

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.