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Montrose Parkway — Helpful or Hurtful for the Pike District?

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Montrose Parkway

Construction of the Montrose Parkway is back in the news.  What do you think?  Will this new section of Montrose Parkway help or hurt the Pike District?

For details, read more: (thank you, Bethesda Beat)

Montgomery County and state transportation officials are ready to present construction plans for a controversial stretch of highway east of Rockville Pike, near White Flint.

The county and State Highway Administration will hold a public hearing to present 90-percent completed design plans for the section of the Montrose Parkway project between Rockville Pike and Parklawn Drive.

The project, which officials say is needed to alleviate the heavy traffic load on Randolph Road east of Rockville Pike, has run into opposition from the county’s Planning Department and from some nearby residents worried that it could cut off access to what’s supposed to be a more walkable White Flint area.

The entire Montrose Parkway East extension—expected to cost the county $119 million—would run 1.62 miles from Rockville Pike to Veirs Mill Road. The section of the project to be discussed at a July 23 public hearing is much shorter, but does include a critical interchange at Parklawn Drive north of that road’s intersection with Randolph Road.

The new four-lane divided highway would essentially run parallel to Randolph Road, where average daily traffic is projected to reach 42,000 vehicles per day by 2020. The highway would bridge Nebel Street and the CSX railroad tracks.

County officials have said providing a bridge crossing of that railroad—as opposed to the existing street-level crossing at Randolph Road—is another key part of the project. They also originally proposed cutting off the existing Randolph Road at the railroad, a proposal the county’s Planning Board advised against in 2013.

The Federal Railroad Administration’s accident prediction model rates the Randolph Road crossing of the railroad as having the fourth highest predicted chance for a collision out of 700 crossings in Maryland.

The project was originally supposed to start construction in mid-2013. Montrose Parkway West, the companion project on the west side of Rockville Pike, was completed in 2010.

The public hearing is set for 6 p.m. July 23 in the lobby-level auditorium of the Executive Office Building,  100 Monroe St., Rockville.

Written comments can be sent to Bruce Johnston, chief of Montgomery County’s Division of Transportation Engineering, via email at bruce.johnston@montgomerycountymd.gov.

2 Responses to Montrose Parkway — Helpful or Hurtful for the Pike District?

Sheila B says: July 16, 2015 at 10:25 am

I don’t like the idea of the SPUI for the intersection of Parklawn and Montrose. They can be confusing, and definitely difficult for pedestrians and bikes and it seems to take just as much space as it would take to do an interchange (on ramp/off ramp). Although, I also imagine there could be a bike and pedestrian path separate from Montrose Pkwy just as they have on the west side of the Pkwy. I see Montrose Pkwy as a thoroughfare with an interchange at Parklawn. Then Parklawn would still exist underneath and allow pedestrians to flow easily between TwinBrook and White Flint. I see Montrose Pkwy as an main arterial roadway that allows ease of travel from Wheaton, Aspen Hill, etc to 270 and will allow that heavy travel to NOT disturb the walkable feel desired for the Pike District. AND I believe those Wheaton and Aspen Hill residents will add to the profitability of the businesses in the Pike District.

Sheila B says: July 16, 2015 at 10:28 am

Maybe I should be more specific… I see Randolph Rd as the walkable street in the Pike District and Montrose Pkwy as the highway separated by a level change from the walkable streets of the Pike District below.