Isiah Leggett Announces Agreement to Reduce Number of Lanes on Old Georgetown Road

Isiah Leggett Announces Agreement to Reduce Number of Lanes on Old Georgetown Road

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.

Rebecca Hertz

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Rebecca Hertz is the Assistant Executive Director of Friends of White Flint. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, Worcester Massachusetts in 2012. She completed her Master’s Degree from Clark University, as well, in Community Development and Planning in 2013. She is interested in how built environments impact the health and growth of communities. Prior to this role, she worked as a youth worker and mentor for several non-profit organizations in Maryland and Massachusetts. She grew up in Rockville, MD and has recently moved back to the region.

2 comments

faye wolf

to bad you are messing up our traffic system and making main roads smaller with a more dense population. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ALL OF YOU AND THOSE BKIE LANES, this really a joke waiting for many accidents to happen and serious ones!~~! doesn’t anyone listen????? i guess not…Faye Wolf

martk groban

This is a horrendous mistake unless you are referring to only the portion of Old Georgretown Road east of the Pike which I assume you are not. Does this include parts of Old Georgetown Road northeast of Route 270 as it crosses Tuckerman Lane, Tilden and streets along the way? If so no one has looked at this at rush hour. If o it proves conclusively that the developers are really the decision makers and influencers and the residents are just given lip service to make things look on the up and up. Please clarify where Old Georgetown Road will become two lanes and remember to indicate where it will be three lanes.

Mark Groban

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