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Traffic improvements in Silver Spring

By Michael Bolden

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation recently completed work on Hewitt Avenue in Silver Spring intended to improve pedestrian safety.

The agency installed three islands along a stretch of Hewitt between Georgia Avenue and Blue Spruce Lane following a request from a resident, officials said. The islands are intended to help calm traffic, decrease the crossing distance for pedestrians and decrease speeds in the area by narrowing the traffic lanes. Crews also put in marked crosswalks and signage and moved bus stops.

According to the county DOT, an analysis of traffic revealed that 15 percent of vehicles along Hewitt Avenue were traveling above 37 miles per hour; the speed limit is 30.

Are there other intersections you think could use improvements? Post a comment below or weigh in on The Daily Gripe.

By Michael Bolden  | November 11, 2010; 3:13 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland, Montgomery County, Traffic Safety  
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