From the Montgomery County Planning Department:
The Montgomery County Planning Department is starting a new comprehensive plan for University Boulevard (MD 193). The University Boulevard Corridor is identified as a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), which would link the Takoma Langley and Wheaton areas. The proposed BRT route would intersect with the existing FLASH service on Route 29. A broad overview on the project is attached.
As part of our outreach efforts for this corridor plan, we are reaching out to local organizations and community leaders to discuss and learn about community issues and concerns regarding University Boulevard.
The initial Public Open House for University Boulevard will take place on Wednesday, November 2, 7-9 p.m. at Blair High School. We will also host a virtual option on Monday, November 7 at 7 p.m.
University Boulevard Overview
The PDF below shows changes that the Montgomery County Department of Transportation is planning to make to the intersection of Kemp Mill Road and Monticello Avenue. They intend to remove the concrete bump-out on the southwest side of the intersection and install a center pedestrian refuge island in the crosswalk. This is in response to concerns about the difficulty for pedestrians to safely cross at this intersection with the current design. The center refuge will allow pedestrians to cross one lane of traffic at a time with a 5′ x 5′ protected space in the middle of the crosswalk, similar to the crosswalks on Arcola at Kersey, Kenbrook, and Hoyt.
The county is requesting comments from the community and since this is occurring between KMCA general meetings, the Board will act on behalf of the membership. Based on preliminary discussions, the majority of the Board supports the new design. If you have comments that you would like the board to consider before we vote on a motion to support the plan, please contact Alan @ firstname.lastname@example.org (or any other board member – contact information here) no later than April 21st. Barring negative feedback from the community, the county intends to proceed with the project sometime after the end of this month, but we haven’t been given a specific date yet.
Kemp Mill Road and Monticello Avenue- (1)
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I am passing on documents I received from the Montgomery County Department of Transportation related to a proposal to add sidewalks to several streets in Kemp Mill. The proposal covers parts of Lovejoy Street, Stonington Place, and Hermleigh Road, as well as the cut-through path between Auth and Lovejoy.
Below you will find the letter that was sent to all of the residents who live across the street from the affected houses along with a comment form, map, and the detailed description of what work would be done at each address. That includes listing all trees that would be affected and other obstructions such as mailboxes or water meters that might have to be relocated. Residents on the side of the street where the sidewalks are proposed to be installed received a slightly different letter with information on how they can contact the county for detailed discussions about the affects on their specific property.
As the letter from DOT makes clear there has been no decision made at this point whether to install the sidewalks. The County needs to gather public input and if it moves forward after that then DOT will schedule a public hearing. At that public hearing anyone can provide their comments on the record before any final decisions are made.
The current county process for deciding on whether to install sidewalks does NOT require a vote of support from the Civic Association, however the Association can submit comments to the county on behalf of our membership. Some members have asked the Civic Association to consider a motion to support the proposal. The next KMCA meeting, tentatively scheduled for
Wednesday, September 4th (edit: the meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 10th) at 7:30 PM, will include an informational presentation and Q&A session with a DOT representative before we vote on any motion related to the proposal. This is not the county’s public hearing which would only occur at a later date if they decide to move forward with the project.
Once the meeting date and location are finalized I will send out a notice along with a detailed agenda.
Letter - Notification to Neighbors (DUE Sept 13th)
Tree Report - Hermleigh Rd
Tree Report - Lovejoy Street
Tree Report - Path btwn Lovejoy St & Auth Lane
Tree Report - Stonington Pl
IMPACTS - All
Comment-Survey Form (DUE Fri September 13th)
The KMCA Transportation Committee is pleased to announce that we will have a special meeting on Monday, March 5th from 7-8 PM at the Kemp Mill Elementary School for a presentation and discussion with the Montgomery County Planning Department on the proposed County Bicycle Master Plan. David Anspacher, who is the Supervisor for the Functional Planning and Policy Division within the Montgomery County Planning Department, will be joining us for this hour-long meeting. David will spend the first 10-15 minutes presenting on what the Bicycle Master Plan is and then spend the rest of the session taking questions and comments from members of our community. Items up for discussion could include:
- Internal neighborhood connections for bikes and pedestrians
- Possible bicycle facilities along Arcola Ave and Kemp Mill Road
- Bicycle network for commuting from Kemp Mill to other destinations
- Bicycle parking
- Stations for renting bicycles within Kemp Mill
- Bicycle traffic along Lamberton
- Surrounding trail system
- Safety concerns regarding cyclists
- Anything else that might interest you
This meeting is open to the whole community. Please invite all your neighbors that may have an interest in this meeting to join us. The more participation and input we get at this meeting, the more we can improve Kemp Mill to be a more friendly environment for bicycles and pedestrians.
KMCA Transportation Committee Chair
The below PDF has details about improvements to traffic signs and markings at various locations in the neighborhood.
The additional links below are for related supporting documentation.
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Lamberton speed limits etc.
Maps of east and westbound speed limit signs on Lamberton
KMES Crosswalks – higher view
The KMCA recently received the below message from a member. The member wrote about an issue on Lamberton Drive, but the same applies throughout the neighborhood where there are sidewalks. Please do not park your car blocking the sidewalk. It is discourteous and could lead to receiving a parking ticket.
For those who live on Lamberton Drive – please be mindful of our Kemp Mill neighbors who live in our neighborhood and use a wheelchair to get around. I have a friend who lives all the way at the end of Lamberton. Daily she travels by wheelchair from the bottom of Lamberton all the way up to Arcola to catch a bus. She makes that same trip every night to go back home. Last night in the pouring rain she got stuck near someones driveway because they had blocked the sidewalk path with their car. She was afraid to manipulate the wheelchair around the car because it would involve her “driving” in the grass. She was worried that the chair might tip over.
Please make sure to leave the sidewalks clear of parked cars so that our neighbors can make their way home.