The Bradmoor Neighborhood Association’s Traffic and Safety Committee is co-chaired by Kathleen Stetson and Margery Shanoff. 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.
Approval of Bradmoor Drive/Roosevelt Street Traffic Circle. The BNA membership present at the March 20th meeting voted, by voice vote, to approve the installation of a at the intersection of Bradmoor Drive and Roosevelt Street by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT). Here are links to the traffic circle design and the associated traffic circle lighting. MCDOT expects to begin construction of traffic circle during the summer of 2017.
8700 Bradmoor Drive Block Traffic Calming Measures. The BNA Traffic and Safety Committee has formed a new subcommittee to consider proposed traffic calming measures to the 8700 block of Bradmoor Drive (between Folkstone and Madison). The 8700 block subcommittee consists of the standing BNA Traffic and Safety Committee membership and is open to all residents of the 8700 block. To date, four 8700 block households have agreed to participate on the subcommittee.
The above link is to an aerial photograph annotated by drawings of the prospective traffic calming measures. MCDOT prepared the annotated aerial photograph. Given discussions at the BNA’s March 20th annual meeting and ongoing discussions between members of BNA Traffic and Safety Committee, a scaled down version of the measures shown on the aerial photograph is the present preferred alternative.
Ewing Drive Traffic Study Request. BNA President Andrew Pessin, 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.
2014 Traffic Survey Results
In July 2014, BNA conducted a survey of the members and those on the neighborhood listserv to determine opinions regarding the county proposal to address some of the traffic and safety issues previously identified. A summary of the results of the survey is below and the complete results can be found here .
Roosevelt Intersection: Respondents supported a four-way stop at this intersection (72% for, 18% against) and, to a lesser degree the installation of a traffic circle (53% for and 38% against). Respondents did not support curb extensions at the Roosevelt intersection (42% for, 47% against)
Madison Intersection: Respondents supported raised crosswalks at this intersection (63% for, 21% against) and to a lesser degree the curb extensions (57% for and 38% against)
Bradmoor Mid-block near 8715: Respondents supported a traffic island mid-block near 8715 (56% for and 24% against). Respondents were mixed about curb extensions mid-block near 8715 (49% for and 24% against).
Folkstone Intersection: Respondents supported raised crosswalks at this intersection (62% for and 20% against) and also, to a lesser degree, the curb extensions (53% for and 38% against)
Respondents supported a four way stop at the intersection of McKinley and Irvington (75% for, 19% against).
Respondents supported a four way stop at the intersection of McKinley and Hempstead (77% for, 14% against).
Respondents supported a four way stop at the intersection of McKinley and Rayburn (62% for and 15% against).
Next Steps Regarding Traffic
The Traffic and Safety Committee along with a Board representative met with County officials from the Transportation department to discuss the results of the survey and explore next steps. The County explained that none of the intersections in question meet the minimum criteria for stop signs and that there was little flexibility in this regard. They also clarified that raised cross-walks require the same process as speed bumps (80% approval of residents on the street affected). Following the discussion and based on the Survey results, the Traffic and Safety Committee and the BNA Board agreed on the following recommendations for the County captured in two separate letters, one letter regarding Bradmoor Drive and one letter regarding McKinley Street.
For the intersection of Bradmoor and Roosevelt, we asked that the County proceed to develop designs for a traffic circle and that the designs should take into account not only the speed and volume issues at that intersection, but also work to address safety issues including visibility.
For the stretch of Bradmoor between Madison and Greentree, we asked that they develop additional design ideas for a “system” that might more aggressively slow speed by mixing curb extensions with islands while maintaining the neighborhood feel.
For McKinley Street, because the County’s study results fall just below the cut off levels for action, we requested high level political support for an exception that would allow the installation of stops signs, to provide funding for the installation of traffic circles, or to develop some other intervention at those intersections.
The Traffic and Safety Committee is continuing to work on these issues and would welcome additional members. If you would like to be involved, please contact committee chair, Kathleen Stetson.