Friends of White Flint

Promoting a Sustainable, Walkable and Engaging Community

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White Flint Station

Kensington, MD 20891

Phone: 301-980-3768

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Let’s break a bottle of champagne over Chapman Avenue!

Posted on by Amy Ginsburg

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We’re always blathering on about projects that are starting or will be starting.  Here’s a change — a project that’s done! The Chapman Avenue Extension is completed! The $3.3 million new road extends Chapman Avenue from Randolph Road to Old Georgetown Road. The road includes five-foot sidewalks on both sides of the street and a signed/shared bikeway on Chapman Avenue. As the White Flint area redevelops into a more walkable/bikeable community, Chapman Avenue provides another critical north-south link that is expected to help relieve traffic congestion on MD 355.

Don’t know where Chapman Avenue is? On the Randolph Road end, the street begins at Montrose Crossing by Pablo’s Garden Center. Maple Avenue was reconstructed and extended to Chapman Avenue.

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“We have envisioned a Smart Growth future for the White Flint area that creates a more pedestrian and bicycle friendly community – one with a street grid that provides easy access to residential, retail and commercial properties,” said County Executive Isiah Leggett. “The Chapman Avenue extension is an important element in that plan to enhance safety, relieve congestion and provide better access.”

The road was built with future amenities in mind, such as non-standard lighting, shared use walk and bikeways and other accommodations to support a live, work, play community. Utilities were moved underground and conduit installed to accommodate White Flint street lighting that will match later development of the streetscape. Shade trees were installed as part of the landscape treatment. Traffic signals and crosswalk improvements were made at the intersection of Chapman Avenue and Randolph Road. Pocket parking lanes are available for vehicles. The project also includes stormwater management features.

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5 Responses to Let’s break a bottle of champagne over Chapman Avenue!

Sherm says: June 30, 2016 at 9:30 am

What a waste of tax dollars. A road to/from nowhere, and it’s just a matter of time before a pedestrian or car is hit at White Flint Station Condo. The 2 s-curves almost guarantee a teen in a hopped up Asian car will buy it one of these days. The only benefit is that the junk yards now have lots of free parking for their tow trucks and overflow inventory.

Scott says: June 30, 2016 at 10:52 am

Finding Chapman Ave by accident last week was a pleasant suprise. Everything looks nice and inviting, would check it out.

Monte says: June 30, 2016 at 8:45 pm

This connector will make sense when the block to the south is developed.

But, where is the “signed/shared bikeway on Chapman Avenue”???

David Kelly says: July 7, 2016 at 10:28 am

Open the bottle of champagne but know that this extension is not safe. People speed on the extension, especially from Old Georgetown Road to the first curve on Chapman Ave. The previous Chapman Road bisected White Flint Station, the condo development where I live. People cross Chapman Ave. to and from 11800 Old Georgetown Road where the WFS garage is located. There needs to be a four-way stop at Chapman Ave. and the entrance to the WFS garage, because it is impossible to see left on Chapman when coming out of the garage without advancing into the roadway. There also needs to be traffic calming. Then the extension will be safer.