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Road Safety Project Starting in Silver Spring

Maryland's State Highway Administration is going to widen the intersection of Piney Branch Road and University Boulevard in Silver Spring. The safety project, which starts next week, is scheduled to be done in late summer.

This fall, crews will relocate utilities and remove the concrete islands. In the spring, work will start on widening and resurfacing the roadway and installing a new median, curb and gutter.

Watch for right-lane closures in both directions of Piney Branch Road and University between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays and double lane closures between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Saturdays through Thursdays.

The project will widen the northwest corner of the intersection to provide an exclusive right turn lane from eastbound University Boulevard to southbound Piney Branch Road. The goal is to reduce congestion.

The work also involves replacing the traffic loop detectors, installing pavement markings, upgrading the sidewalks, replacing curbs and gutters, cleaning and repairing inlets and pipes, installing a concrete median, cleaning and relocating or replacing directional signs and replacing traffic signals.

That stretch of Piney Branch Road is among the most dangerous streets in Montgomery County, and the county government has launched its own safety program in the area.

By Robert Thomson  |  November 6, 2008; 3:20 PM ET
Categories:  Construction , Driving , Safety  
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I hope Mo Co can do this kind of thing better than PG Co. The intersection of University and New Hampshire seems to have been under near-continuous construction for two years now. I avoid it like the plague.

It'll be interesting to see whether Mo Co can keep the accident rate at P.B./Univ. from increasing during construction.

Posted by: yeah-right | November 7, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: The University/New Hampshire project, like the Piney Branch/University project is being done by the Maryland State Highway Administration. It does seem like the project at the Takoma Park/Langley Crossroads has been going on forever because it's been very disruptive for motorists. But it should be wrapped up soon.

When I was there recently, I thought it looked pretty good, and I could see the logic of some of the pedestrian safety improvements. Now, of course, it will be a question of whether people actually allow the safety improvements to protect them.

Posted by: rtthomson1 | November 10, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

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