Traffic and Safety Committee

The Bradmoor Neighborhood Association’s Traffic and Safety Committee is co-chaired by Andrew Pessin and Kathleen Stetson.  We encourage you to participate and help create a collaborative, informed process. If a number of us do a little, it will be a stronger team effort.

Construction of Bradmoor Drive/Roosevelt Street Traffic Circle.  The BNA membership present at the March 20, 2017 annual neighborhood meeting voted, by voice vote, to approve the construction of a traffic circle or roundabout at the intersection of Bradmoor Drive and Roosevelt Street by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT).  On April 12, 2017, MCDOT provided the BNA Traffic and Safety Committee with revised plans for the traffic circle.  MCDOT began and completed construction of the traffic circle in October 2017.  The traffic circle is now in operation.

Installation of Two Speed Humps on the 8700 Block of Bradmoor Drive.  On July 11-12, 2018, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) installed two speed humps on the 8700 block of Bradmoor Drive (between Folkstone and Madison).  The installation of these two speed humps is the culmination of a multi-year effort by the BNA to enhance both pedestrian and traffic safety on this busy segment of Bradmoor Drive.  The BNA identified the 8700 block as a street segment of concern in 2013.  MCDOT conducted a speed study in November 2013, which indicated that the 8700 block would qualify for speed humps.

In March 2017, the BNA Traffic and Safety Committee formed a subcommittee to consider proposed traffic calming measures to the 8700 block.  The 8700 block subcommittee consists of the standing BNA Traffic and Safety Committee membership and five homeowners of the 8700 block.  The drawing of the initial proposed measures (see link immediately above), consisting primarily of curb bump-outs, was prepared by MCDOT in October 2016.

The subcommittee met several times during the spring and summer of 2017, to consider the October 2016 proposal, variants of the October 2016 proposal, and the installation of speed humps.  After several meetings, consultation with MCDOT, and a public meeting held on August 7, 2017 at Bradley Hills Elementary School (BHES), the subcommittee voted in August 2017 to approve the installation of two speed humps on the 8700 block; two speed humps are the maximum allowed under the current Montgomery County speed hump regulation (MC Executive Regulation No. 32-08) given the length of the 8700 block.

The BNA held a public meeting on November 7, 2017 at Bradley Hills Elementary School to discuss the proposed speed hump installation, in which the BNA president, supported by MCDOT technical staff, presented the justification for the speed hump proposal.  The primary requirement for speed hump installation is the affirmative approval by 80% of all 8700 block residences (one vote per residence).  There are 24 single family homes on the 8700 block.  Thus, the approval of 19 residences was required to satisfy the 80% threshold requirement.

Following the public meeting, by letter dated November 14, 2017, the BNA informed MCDOT that it wanted to proceed with the installation of the two speed humps.  MCDOT prepared the Official Resident Concurrence Form (ORCF) and the final speed hump location plan and transmitted it to the BNA.  In accordance with the speed hump regulation, the BNA had 90 days to collect the required number (80%) of homeowner signatures.  As shown in the top block of the ORCF, the 90 day clock started on January 8, 2018, giving the BNA until 5:00 pm, EST on Friday, April 6, 2018 to collect the needed signatures.  A speed hump fact sheet along with the final speed hump location plan was provided to 23 of the 24 8700 block residences (one homeowner stated that he was not interested).  By late March 2018, the BNA obtained 21 ORCFs in favor of installing the speed humps.  The BNA president, Andrew Pessin, hand-delivered the 21 ORCFs to the MCDOT office in Gaithersburg, MD on March 27, 2018, thus completing the resident concurrence process.  For further information, please see the BNA’s April 5, 2018 letter to MCDOT.

Ewing Drive Traffic Study Request.  The BNA , by email dated April 5, 2017, requested that MCDOT conduct a traffic study of the segment of Ewing Drive between Bradley Boulevard and McKinley Street.  Ewing Drive is a major “cut-through” route for traffic moving between the major east-west arterial routes of Bradley Boulevard and Greentree Road (Bradmoor Drive is the other major “cut-through” route in Bradmoor).  In addition to the volume, many vehicles appear to travel at speeds above the posted speed limit.  If MCDOT approves the traffic study, and if the results of the study show heavy traffic volume and/or speeding, then traffic calming measures may be warranted.  Please see related Roosevelt Street-Ewing Drive intersection item below.

Roosevelt Street-Ewing Drive Intersection.  MCDOT has prepared two conceptual drawings (drawing 1 and drawing 2) to narrow the Roosevelt Street and Ewing Drive intersection in order to improve safety.  The two drawings can be found here [add links].

This page last updated on July 28, 2018.

 

 

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