State shouldn't take the rap on this crossing
I had the following exchange with a reader during our online chat Monday.
Silver Spring, Md.: Who is responsible for the roads over railroad crossings? There is a terrible bumpy one in Forest Glen near the National Park Seminary (Capitol View Ave., MD-391). I've been over much smoother crossings in small towns around the country, and can't believe this is the best that can be done in the U.S. Capital area. Would it be a state responsibility, or CSX?
Robert Thomson: "Any numbered road like that, MD 391, would be under the jurisdiction of the State Highway Administration."
True enough about the road numbering system used by the state, but David Buck, spokesman for the Maryland State Highway Administration, wrote in to point out that the rail crossing in question is over Linden Lane, not a state route. And Capitol View Avenue is MD 192, not 391.
The rail crossing "is near the intersection of Capitol View/Forest Glen/Seminary Road," Buck said. "The railroad never crosses Capitol View Road (MD 192) , which is a state road.
Also, the designation of MD 391, formerly Seminary Road/Dale Road, was removed about 10-15 years ago when that portion of the roadway was transferred to Montgomery County.
"Any questions about the condition of the crossing would be forwarded to Montgomery County and/or CSX."
Here's a map of that area:
November 4, 2009; 8:08 AM ET
Categories: Driving | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Maryland State Highway Administration
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