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Description

This project provides for the review and analysis of existing physical structures and traffic controls in order to make modifications aimed at improving safety and infrastructure for pedestrians and bicycles. This project provides for the construction of physical structures and/or installation of traffic control devices which include, but are not limited to: new crosswalks; High-Intensity Activated crossWalK (HAWK) signals; pedestrian refuge islands; sidewalks; bus pull-off areas; fencing to channel pedestrians to safer crossing locations; bicycle signings and markings; relocating, adding, or eliminating bus stops; accessible pedestrian signals (countdown) or warning beacons; improving signage, etc. The improvements will be made in compliance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This project is data driven and supports the construction of improvements at and around schools identified in the Safe Routes to School program. The project also includes performing pedestrian safety audits at High Incidence Areas and implementing identified physical improvements, education and outreach.
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Phase

Ongoing

Status

Active
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Budget Snapshot
$44.16M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$23.25M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Cost Change

FY22 cost increase for more improvements related to Safe Routes to Schools.
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Justification

Montgomery County's history of pedestrian and bicyclist safety includes the 2002 Blue Ribbon Panel, 2007 Pedestrian Safety Initiative, and most recently the 2017 Vision Zero Two-Year Action Plan. This project seeks to improve the walkability along Montgomery County roadways and, in particular, in the Central Business Districts (CBD) where there is a high concentration of pedestrians and mass transit ridership. The improvements proposed under this project will enhance and/or add to the County's existing infrastructure to increase the safety and comfort level for pedestrians, which in turn will encourage pedestrian activity and safer access to schools and mass transit. This project is intended to support the strategies for enhancing pedestrian safety by piloting new and innovative techniques for improving traffic control device compliance by pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists. Various studies for improvements will be done under this project with an emphasis on pedestrian safety and traffic circulation. Safe Routes to Schools walkability audits for Montgomery County schools are completed through this program, and studies identify needs and prioritize schools based on the need for signage, pavement markings, circulation, and pedestrian accessibility.
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Other

This project is intended to address the Engineering aspect of the Three E's concept (Engineering, Education, and Enforcement), which is one of the recommendations included in the final Blue Ribbon Panel on Pedestrian and Traffic Safety Report. Additional efforts to improve pedestrian walkability by creating a safer walking environment, utilizing selected technologies, and ensuring ADA compliance will be addressed under the following projects: Annual Sidewalk Program; Bus Stop Improvements; Intersection and Spot Improvements; Neighborhood Traffic Calming; Transportation Improvements for Schools; ADA Compliance; Transportation; Resurfacing; Primary/Arterial; Sidewalk and Infrastructure Revitalization; Streetlighting; Traffic Signals; and Advanced Transportation Management System. This project will help the County achieve its Vision Zero goals to reduce deaths and serious injuries on County roadways to zero by 2030.
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Fiscal Note

In FY21, funding switch with CR: General to allocate $650,000 to GO Bond Premium. In FY20, funding switch with CR: General to allocate $300,000 to GO Bonds. In FY22, additional $200,000 in GO Bonds was added for studies.
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Disclosures

A pedestrian impact analysis will be performed during design or is in progress. Expenditures will continue indefinitely. The County Executive asserts that this project conforms to the requirement of relevant local plans, as required by the Maryland Economic Growth, Resource Protection and Planning Act.
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Coordination

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Mass Transit Administration, Maryland State Highway Administration, Wheaton Central Business District, Wheaton Regional Services Center, Commission on Aging, Commission on People with Disabilities , Montgomery County Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee, and Citizen's Advisory Boards, and various CIP Projects.
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Budget Snapshot
$44.16M Total
Expenditures/Funding
$23.25M 6 Year Total
Expenditures/Funding
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Project Details
Project NumberP500333
Date Last Modified05/24/21
Administering AgencyTransportation
CategoryTransportation
SubCategoryTraffic Improvements
Planning AreaCountywide
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Total Expenditures by Cost Element (000s)
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Total Funding by Source (000s)
EXPENDITURES (000s)
Cost ElementsTotalThru FY20Rem FY20Total 6 YearsFY 21FY 22FY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26Beyond 6 Years
Planning, Design and Supervision1257885780400035065065065055011500
Land00000000000
Site Improvements and Utilities92457695015502002502002502004500
Construction1988511521033177002200280026502700235050000
Other24542454000000000
Total Expenditures44162198791033232502750370035003600310066000
FUNDING (000s)
Funding SourceTotalThru FY20Rem FY20Total 6 YearsFY 21FY 22FY 23FY 24FY 25FY 26Beyond 6 Years
Current Revenue: General11466646655044502008508508508508500
G.O. Bond Premium65000650650000000
G.O. Bonds269558322483181501900285026502750225057500
PAYGO27822782000000000
Recordation Tax Premium (MCG)22092209000000000
State Aid100100000000000
Total Funding Sources44162198791033232502750370035003600310066000
APPROPRIATION AND EXPENDITURE DATA ($000s)
Appropriation FY 21 Request2750
Year First AppropriationFY03
Appropriation FY 22 Request3700
Last FY's Cost Estimate43962
Cumulative Appropriation23662
Expenditure / Encumbrances20894
Unencumbered Balance2768