Contact Montgomery County Council Today!
The Montrose Parkway East extension is much more than a road project – it does just as much for pedestrians and cyclists as it does for drivers.
The project is a 1.6-mile missing link that will connect Rt. 355 and Veirs Mill Road with a new east/west road segment. It adds capacity for 42,000 trips and includes three bridges that will improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists who are commuting or enjoying the Rock Creek Trail.
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On Tuesday, March 20th, the Montgomery County Council is scheduled to vote on the FY19-24 Capital Improvements Program. There is a move by Council Members to delay the Montrose Parkway East extension for another three years, which would stall its completion to 2027!
To date, Council Member Nancy Floreen is the only clear supporter of keeping it on schedule.
This is an expensive project but it is an impactful, multi-modal project with incomparable safety benefits.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Call and/or email these County Council Members TODAY.
Tell them to keep the Montrose Parkway East extension on schedule for completion in FY 2021.
Here is a menu of reasons why this project should not be delayed any longer. You may use our sample memo and list of reasons (below) – or compose your own.
President Hans Reimer | (240)777.7964 | Councilmember.Reimer@montgomerycountymd.gov
Roger Berliner 240.777.7828 | Councilmember.Berliner@montgomerycountymd.gov
Marc Elrich 240.777.7966 | Councilmember.Elrich@montgomerycountymd.gov
Nancy Floreen 240.777.7959 | Councilmember.Floreen@montgomerycountymd.gov
Tom Hucker 240.777.7960 | Councilmember.Hucker@montgomerycountymd.gov
Sidney Katz 240.777.7906 | Councilmember.Katz@montgomerycountymd.gov
George Leventhal 240.777.7811 | Councilmember.Leventhal@montgomerycountymd.gov
Nancy Navarro 240.777.7968 | Councilmember.Navarro@montgomerycountymd.gov
Craig Rice 240.777.7955 | Councilmember.Rice@montgomerycountymd.gov
18 REASONS TO KEEP THE EXTENSION TO MONTROSE PARKWAY EAST ON SCHEDULE
TO: Council President Reimer and Members of the County Council
RE: 18 Reasons You Should Vote to Keep The Extension To Montrose Parkway East On Schedule
SAFETY FOR DRIVERS, SAFETY FOR CYCLISTS, SAFETY FOR PEDESTRIANS
EFFICIENCY FOR DRIVERS, EFFICIENCY FOR BRT; EFFICIENCY FOR CSX
PROMISES MADE, PROMISES KEPT
COST SAVINGS FOR EVERYONE
- #1 worst railroad crossing in the State of Maryland is the Randolph Rd/CSX crossing
- Adds 1.6-mile new 10-foot wide bikepath on the north side of Montrose Parkway East
- Adds 1.6-mile new sidewalk on the south side of Montrose Parkway East
- Pedestrian/bike bridge carrying Rock Creek Trail over Montrose Parkway
- Bridge over Rock Creek = safer for park users, pedestrians and cyclists
- Bridge over railroad tracks = safer for trains, drivers, pedestrians and cyclists
- Grade-separated at Parklawn Drive = safer for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists
- New east-west capacity and an alternate route for 42,000 vehicles per day
- Emergency response from nearby fire stations improved 2-9 minutes
- 100+ driveways/curb cuts on Randolph Rd. vs. 2 on Montrose Pkwy = fewer rear-end collisions
- Reduces congestion on Twinbrook Parkway by 32% and 25% on Randolph Rd.
- Diverts traffic from Randolph Rd. which will improve the function of the proposed BRT
- First adopted in the 1992 North Bethesda/Garrett Park Master Plan
- Adopted as a needed improvement in five (5) subsequent Master Plans
- Most recently adopted in January, in the White Flint 2 Master Plan
- The Planning Board, County Executive and County staff all recommend keeping it on schedule.
- Originally in FY09 CIP and was to be completed in FY16; would be delayed until FY27
- Another 3-year delay will add $9-12 million to the project.
This is an expensive project but it is an impactful project with incomparable safety and multi-modal benefits. We urge you to move the Montrose Parkway East extension forward without any further delay.