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Neighbor: Road an 'accident waiting to happen'

Who's responsible: Montgomery County Department of Public Works and Transportation
Number of votes to fix:1.

To hear a neighbor describe it, Jones Mill Rd. north of Jones Bridge Rd. in Chevy Chase sounds like a dicey proposition for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers alike. I could enumerate the issues, but griper June Wyman sums it up effectively.

The road is narrow, with one lane each way, and there is...shoulder . There's also a nasty curve just north of the Jones Bridge Rd. intersection. Pedestrians and cyclists who try to negotiate this stretch of road risk becoming roadkill. Meanwhile, traffic zips by at 40+ mph; coming up on the curve, drivers cannot see the road ahead nor anything on it.
During the afternoon rush hour, I have see folks on foot and bike [including children] try to dash up this stretch before getting hit. Drivers coming around the curve can't see them and can't swerve to avoid them if there are cars in the oncoming lane.
How about widening the road slightly to put in a walker/biker lane? Or installing speed bumps? Who's in charge?!

The answer, June, is the Montgomery County Department of Public Works and Transportation, according to Kenneth Hartman, director of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, who has tirelessly tracked down answers to Daily Gripe questions.

Hartman wrote that the DOT has plans to study building bike ways along Jones Mill between Stoneybrook Road and East West Highway during the 2012 fiscal year. Sidewalks could also be included in that study.

"In the meantime, DOT will explore whether immediate interim measures to address safety can be taken under the Sidewalks Program," Hartman wrote. For her part, Wyman would like those temporary measures to include speed bumps.

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 20, 2010; 4:59 PM ET
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I have frequently walked in that area when taking classes at Audubon and it can be rough flinging oneself into the ditch on Jones Mill Rd. as cars speed around the corner. I've bicycled there as well (after dark getting home from classes) and it is also no picnic. Makes me glad I live in Arlington and not Montgomery County.

Posted by: elbows1 | July 22, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

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