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Mayor and Council Call on State to Slow its Roll on I-270/I-495 Widening

The state should put the brakes on a project to widen interstates 270 and 495, Rockville’s Mayor and Council said in a letter to the Maryland Department of Transportation.

“The City of Rockville requests that MDOT put a pause on the project and process,” the letter states. “It is not responsible to continue spending taxpayers’ money on preliminary design, environmental studies, and hiring a developer while the country is facing significant economic changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is also predicted that teleworking will be more acceptable and widely implemented in the future, which will likely lower traffic volumes on I-495 and I-270. Therefore, it only makes sense to hold off on next steps for this project until a new purpose and need is defined.”

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Don’t Push It: All City Pedestrian Signals Are Now Automated

Nearly 50 pedestrian signals, accounting for all the signals operated by the city on Rockville streets, are now automated as part of the city’s response to the COVID-19 emergency.

City signal technicians automated the 48 signals by revising the timing plan that controls the traffic signal timing and sequence. The traffic signals were reprogrammed to be on automated pedestrian recall, which means that the signal controlling software assumes that a pedestrian is pushing the button at every cycle. This will allow the pedestrian to get a “WALK” signal without the need to push the button.

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Looking Ahead with Vision Zero

The Mayor and Council are expected to put Rockville on a course for zero traffic-related deaths or serious injuries with a vote Monday, July 6 on the city’s Vision Zero Action Plan.

The plan, which the Mayor and Council discussed June 22, includes steps to create safer streets through policies promoting improved design, traffic law enforcement and education. While there are ongoing city efforts in these areas, the plan lays out a coordinated and systematic approach to explore ways to reach the goal. It included input from the Rockville Pedestrian Advocacy Committee, Rockville Bicycle Advisory Committee, the Traffic and Transportation Commission, and the Senior Citizens Commission.

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Food Giveaways June 20 and 27 to Impact Traffic Near Montgomery College

Up 2 Us Foundation will once again give away fresh produce to neighbors in need beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 20 in Lot 13 of Montgomery College’s Rockville campus, at 51 Mannakee St. The event, which was also held June 13, will return to the Rockville campus at the same time on Saturday, June 27.

Vehicles may begin lining up as early as 9:30 a.m.

The giveaway is first come, first served, and one box per vehicle and will mean traffic impacts beginning before 11 a.m. and continuing until all boxes are distributed. Rockville and Montgomery County police will direct traffic in the area.

A Christ for Justice peace rally will be held at noon June 20 in the parking lot of the Carver Educational Services Center (the Montgomery County Public Schools/Board of Education building) at 850 Hungerford Drive, across from the Montgomery College campus. Participants are expected to gather for the rally beginning at 10 a.m.

Motorists may experience heavy traffic on:

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Traffic Advisory: Road Closures, Delays Anticipated in Rockville on June 5

A planned demonstration is scheduled to take place in downtown Rockville at 1 p.m. Friday, June 5 at 1 p.m.

The protest will begin in front of the Montgomery County Judicial Center (Montgomery County Circuit Court), 50 Maryland Ave., and is expected to continue onto area roads. The Rockville City Police Department will be providing support in an effort to keep both protesters and drivers safe.

Portions of roadways surrounding the area maybe closed to traffic for several hours. Expect significant delays related to the event and plan accordingly.

Charged Up at Thomas Farm

The new electric vehicle charging stations at Thomas Farm Community Center are part of a network across Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

Pepco has powered up three new electric vehicle charging stations at the city’s Thomas Farm Community Center, 700 Fallsgrove Drive.

The charging stations are part of a statewide initiative to combat air pollution and the effects of climate change and provide communities with new, cleaner transportation options. Drivers will be able to charge their vehicles at competitive rates at our first DC Fast Charging station or two Level 2 smart chargers – both of which are fueled by 100% carbon-free energy.

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MobileNOW! Parking Meter Payment App Ceases Operations

Meters Accept Quarters Only; City Exploring Other Vendors

MobileNOW!, the City of Rockville’s mobile parking payment app, ceased operations on May 18 and is no longer an option for parking payments at city-owned on-street meters.

A message posted on MobileNOW!’s website announced that the parking app had ceased operations.

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Summer Street Paving Schedule is Posted

The city has released its road paving schedule for late-May through July.

Visit www.rockvillemd.gov/street-repairs to find updated paving schedules for Grandin Avenue, Edmonston and West Edmonston drives, Wootton Parkway, and Tower Oaks and Redland boulevards.

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Looking Ahead with Vision Zero

Rockville’s plan for meeting a goal of zero traffic-related deaths or serious injuries is moving ahead, with the Mayor and Council scheduled to adopt the city’s Vision Zero action plan on Monday, June 8.

The plan includes steps to create safer streets through policies promoting improved design, traffic law enforcement and education. While there are ongoing city efforts in these areas, the plan lays out a coordinated and systematic approach to explore ways of reaching the goal.

The city is scheduled to begin putting the plan in place in July.

The 25-page plan includes:

  • An explanation of Vision Zero, including how the Vision Zero approach to safe mobility differs from the traditional approach to traffic and pedestrian safety.
  • Background on Vision Zero efforts in the city, county and globally.
  • An explanation of how the plan will ensure fairness and equity.
  • A brief crash data analysis and an explanation of how further data analysis will help create a systematic approach to providing safe mobility citywide.
  • Descriptions of engineering, enforcement, education and policy actions to take toward achieving Vision Zero.
  • An explanation of how the plan will be implemented to ensure transparency and accountability to meet Vision Zero goals.

For more information, visit www.rockvillemd.gov/visionzero or find the May 4 Mayor and Council meeting agenda at
www.rockvillemd.gov/AgendaCenter.

Biking Safely During the COVID-19 Emergency

While there is a stay-at-home order in place, bicycle rides can still be one way of getting outdoors for exercise. With spring here, cycling, when done appropriately, is a great way to enjoy the weather and shake up your social distancing routine.

Bicycling is a cure for cabin fever during the COVID-19 emergency, but be sure to be safe.

Here are some helpful tips about keeping safe while cycling during the COVID-19 emergency:

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