Fenton Village Bicycle & Pedestrian Projects

The Fenton Village Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects are three related projects in the Fenton Village and downtown Silver Spring areas. They are in various stages of planning and design.

The projects are:

Upcoming Meetings:

A Virtual Public Meeting will be held for the Grove Street Neighborhood Greenway on September 29, 2020 at 7PM to present the plans for Stage 1 of the pilot and gather your feedback. Implementation is expected to occur in late October.

A Virtual Public Meeting will be held for the Fenton Street Bikeway Study and an update provided for the Fenton Street/MD 410 Intersection Project on November 18, 2020 at 7PM to present the findings of the bikeway study and show design alternatives. The meeting will provide an opportunity for you to ask questions and provide feedback.

You are required to register beforehand for both meetings, using the linked form. Within a few days, you will receive a confirmation email. Log-in information will be sent directly to those who have registered a day or two before the meeting.

Fenton Street / MD 410 Intersection Redesign

The intersection of Fenton Street and MD 410 was built with high-speed right turn ramps on the northern half of the intersection. These elements add additional impervious surface and do not represent a safe design for pedestrians and cyclists. MCDOT is undertaking a redesign of this intersection to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety and to reduce the amount of impervious surface.

The project will include the development of conceptual and final design plans, followed by construction.

The design process is expected to last through 2020, with construction potentially occurring in 2021, contingent on receiving permits from the Maryland State Highway Administration.

Grove Street Neighborhood Greenway Pilot

Grove Street project webpage

A neighborhood greenway is a street where the safe movement of bicyclists and pedestrians is prioritized, and the fast, through movement of vehicles is minimized. Tools can include speed treatments such as speed humps and diversionary treatments. Grove Street is identified as a future neighborhood greenway in the County’s adopted Bicycle Master Plan.

The Grove Street project will be a pilot project. Treatments will use temporary materials that can be modified or removed. Before implementation, a study of Grove and adjacent streets will be conducted to determine baseline conditions. Meetings were held on January 21 and July 15 to present ideas and gather feedback. A third community meeting is scheduled for September 29 to present plans for the first stage of the pilot.

MCDOT’s anticipated approach to the pilot project envisions a two-stage pilot. The first step will be to collect speed and volume data on Grove Street and the adjacent streets. Then MCDOT will implement a set of neighborhood greenway treatments for a defined period. During this period, MCDOT will collect data on Grove and the adjacent streets. For the second stage, MCDOT will modify the treatments or add additional treatments based on the data and community feedback. The revised treatments will remain for a defined period. At the conclusion of the pilot, MCDOT will present findings to the community and will seek direction regarding the treatments. Based on that feedback and the collected data, the pilot treatments may be modified, removed, or left in place.

Fenton Street Bikeway Study

MCDOT is restarting the feasibility study for the Fenton Street Bikeway that originally kicked-off in 2017. The study was put on hold based on feedback from the community and to allow MCDOT to expand the scope of the study to collect additional data.

Fenton Street is identified in the County’s adopted Bicycle Master Plan for a separated bikeway. MCDOT will study the feasibility of including a bikeway in the corridor and will develop a set of alternatives to test to better understand the tradeoffs of different options in the corridor.

This study will look at the possible configurations of a bikeway in the Fenton Street corridor between Cameron Street and King Street. The study will examine the benefits and tradeoffs between different options, including cost, parking, loading, traffic congestion, and urban design.

At a virtual community meeting on November 18, MCDOT staff will present the findings of the bikeway study and present several design alternatives. Based on the study results and community feedback, the County is expected to select an alternative to move into design in early 2021.

The Fenton Street / MD 410 Intersection Redesign is expected to continue into mid-2021. A construction schedule will be determined in 2021.

The Grove Street Neighborhood Greenway Pilot will be implemented in two stages. The first stage will focus on speed treatments and pedestrian safety improvements. Stage 1 is expected to be implemented in October 2020 and to remain in place for at least 3 months before Stage 2 is implemented.

The Fenton Street Bikeway Study is expected to be completed in late 2020. The County is expected to select a preferred alternative based on community feedback and the study results in early 2021. Design would begin once an alternative is selected.

Contact Us

Matt Johnson, A.I.C.P.
Program Manager
Division of Transportation Engineering
100 Edison Park Dr., 4th Floor
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
E-mail: Matt.Johnson@montgomerycountymd.gov
Phone: 240-777-7237

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