Neighbors applaud new crossing
You can see something in the eyes of drivers as they approach the pedestrian refuge that Montgomery County government has set up between the Rock Creek Forest School and the shopping center across the street. Ahead of them, Grubb Road seems to narrow. There's a crosswalk with a concrete island in the middle and lots of signs, including one with a red emblem that says "Stop" for pedestrians in the crosswalk.
The drivers fix their eyes on the crossing and moderate their speed, even when there are no pedestrians present.
Similar road-safety enhancements are appearing across Montgomery County, in busy neighborhoods or near schools. County Executive Isiah Leggett and Jeff Dunckel, the county's pedestrian safety coordinator, visited the Grubb Road crossing Tuesday morning to highlight the improvement there and publicize the traffic-calming program that is helped along by revenue from speed-camera tickets.
The Grubb Road safety crossing is a success story for the county, the neighbors and the 557-student school. Amanda Waugh, a past president of the elementary school PTA, was at the event this morning to thank the county officials. Not missing a beat, she also asked them whether the school could get a speed camera and if sidewalks could be built all along East-West Highway.
You can understand why she's feeling lucky after being "pleasantly surprised" by the county's quick response to the parents' request for help at the crossing.
After school, students like to head across Grubb Road to the deli in the shopping center. The nearest crosswalk was up the hill in the opposite direction. The result was a dangerous afternoon mix of students and cars between the school and the shopping center.
When the parents first requested a new safety crossing, Waugh said, "I was not hopeful." But the response was prompt. Montgomery County's transportation department looked at the traffic volumes and speeds along Grubb Road.
The results showed that the volume was heavy, and that 38 percent of vehicles traveled at 30 mph or more in the 25 mph school zone. Police records showed that in the past five years there have been six vehicle collisions in the area and one collision involving a pedestrian, an adult who was injured in October 2009 while using the crosswalk at Colston Drive, uphill from the school.
Work on the new, protected crossing started this summer, just after school closed. Today, Waugh said, "It's gratifying to see cars slow -- actually slow -- as they approach the crosswalk."
Map shows site of Rock Creek Forest School.
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