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Posted on: January 23, 2019

Pedestrian Safety on East West Highway

The Town is working with the State Highway Administration (SHA) to undertake a comprehensive plan for improved pedestrian safety along East West Highway.  We, along with representatives of the Edgevale community (just north of East West Highway) recently met with SHA officials to discuss this important effort.  The Town's follow-on letter to the SHA outlining the safety plan is available for review here.

The plan elements include:

  • Ongoing clearance of vegetation along the southern sidewalk, most recently completed by the Town last September.
  • A path and staircase across Zimmerman Park, which is currently being planned by the Town to bypass a narrow portion of sidewalk adjacent to the park.
  • Narrowing the traffic lanes, in an effort to slow vehicle speeds, from the bridge over the Purple Line towards Connecticut Avenue, now scheduled to be completed by the SHA in April or May of this year.
  • A proposed SHA project to add signalization to two crosswalks: one across East West Highway near Maple Avenue, and the other across Montgomery Avenue where it terminates at East West Highway.
  • A proposed Town project to install radar signs to monitor the speed of eastbound traffic.

Some of the proposed plan elements noted above must go through a process of review and approval by the Town and the SHA.  We will provide periodic updates as consideration proceeds.

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