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:

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

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. At the January 21, 2020 community meeting, basic concepts will be introduced. However, a second public meeting will be held before implementation of pilot treatments to gather additional feedback.

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.

The multi-stage approach to the pilot will be presented at the community meeting, and may be changed based on community feedback.

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.

This project includes only a study. Design is not included as part of this project. No determination will be made whether to advance this project until the study has been completed and its merits evaluated.

The Fenton Street / MD 410 Intersection Redesign is expected to continue through the end of 2020, with permitting in early 2021. Construction could begin in Spring or Summer of 2021.

The Grove Street Neighborhood Greenway Pilot is expected to be implemented in two stages. The schedule will be updated following the January 21, 2020 community meeting.

The Fenton Street Bikeway Study is expected to continue through the end of 2020.

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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