Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett announced Wednesday an agreement between the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) was reached to reduce the number of lanes on Old Georgetown Road to two-through lanes in each direction, with one shared left-turn lane at the new intersection of Hoya Street. This fall, FOWF and many of our friends focused our attention and efforts on making sure our community knew how important it was for the Old Georgetown Road plan to stay in-line with the vision put forth by the White Flint Sector Plan. The safety and well-being of pedestrians and cyclists in the sector are necessary for the success of the Sector Plan.
In the most recent Capital Improvements Program, the County decided to include funding for the connection of Hoya Street to Montrose Road to help reduce the amount of traffic on Old Georgetown Road. As Old Georgetown Road is a state-owned road, only SHA can make decisions on the amount of lanes on this road. With the additional funding provided for the Hoya Street extension by the County, it provided another reason to decrease the amount of lanes on Old Georgetown Road.
In addition, MCDOT provided SHA with a supplemental traffic analysis of the Old Georgetown Road intersection to justify their request for the reduction of number of lanes. After much deliberation, SHA agreed that Hoya Street would provide sufficient relief off of Old Georgetown Road and improved MCDOT’s request to lower the amount of lanes on Old Georgetown Road.
This is great news! This is one step closer to ensuring the safety of pedestrians and cyclists in the sector! We are very happy to hear this.