For Immediate Release:
Leggett Announces Pedestrian Safety Improvements on
At Site Where He Encountered Fatal Pedestrian Collision
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett today announced the completion of pedestrian and traffic safety improvements along an approximately two-mile stretch of
The County’s Department of Transportation worked with neighborhood residents to develop and implement enhanced safety measures.
“One of the highest priorities of my administration has been to improve pedestrian safety,” said Leggett. “Everyone talks about the importance of pedestrian safety, but it’s quite another thing to actually witness the destructive effect a car has on the human body. Last year, on my way to a press event to promote safety, I came upon the truly tragic scene of a struck pedestrian who was lying in the road – dead -- from injuries sustained in a collision. I will never forget what I saw that day – and the memory only increases my resolve to
“We need to keep improving pedestrian access throughout the County, but particularly in areas like this that have proven to be dangerous,” said District 4 County Councilmember Nancy Navarro, whose district includes the Fairland community. “The completion of this project will mean this stretch of
MCDOT then undertook a comprehensive two-month study to determine what else could be done to calm traffic and improve safety. After meeting with residents, MCDOT installed the additional improvements that are listed below:
- Bus stop improvements near Colefair Drive, Fairridge Drive, and Westwind Drive that included bump-outs to calm traffic, bus pads with kneewalls, sidewalk connections, crosswalks and signing;
- Bump-outs with a crosswalk and signing near the Twin Farms Swim Club;
- Bump-outs at
Partridge Drive; and
- Traffic signals at
Tamarack Roadand Serpentine Road.
The net results of these efforts are:
· Average travel speeds have been reduced from nearly 50 miles per hour (MPH) to about 40 MPH;
· Well signed and marked bus stop crossings enhance safety for transit passengers;
· Signalized crossings at Tamarack and
· Traffic signals provide gaps in traffic, giving motorists traveling into or out of neighborhoods at non-signalized locations more opportunity to turn onto
During the spring, MCDOT’s Division of Highway Services also made improvements in the work area that included enhancements to curbs and gutters where needed, sidewalk modifications where necessary to ensure compliance with Americans With Disabilities Act standards and additional roadway repairs.
One of the Leggett administration’s highest priorities is to improve pedestrian safety, and in December 2007, the Executive released his Pedestrian Safety Initiative - - a strategic plan that outlines the action
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Mary Depenbrock of the Fairland Estates Homeowners Association speaks during the press conference.