Vision Zero Projects
The City of Rockville regularly plans and carries out transportation projects to improve safety for people driving, walking, rolling, bicycling, and using transit. While projects can often take several years between conception to implementation, some of the recently completed and ongoing projects include the following:
Pedestrian Master Plan
The Department of Public Works is currently engaged in developing a new Pedestrian Master Plan for the City of Rockville. Creating a pedestrian plan is one of the Vision Zero action items and is recommended in Rockville 2040: Comprehensive Plan. A pedestrian master plan provides an overview of the pedestrian network and identifies policy and infrastructure improvements to address unique issues faced by people walking and rolling. You can visit the Pedestrian Master Plan website to learn more about the project including status updates and contact information.
The Baltimore Road project includes roadway repaving and improved drainage, stream restoration, new sidewalks, and a shared use path along Baltimore Road between MD 28 (First Street/Norbeck Road) and the City limits. This project is currently under construction and will be complete in spring 2022. More information about this project, including status updates and project manager contact information is available on the Baltimore Road project page.
The Maryland Avenue road project created new bicycle lanes along Maryland Avenue and eliminated one motor vehicle travel lane between Great Falls Road and S. Washington Street. In addition to the new bicycle facility, this project includes reducing the posted speed limit and resurfacing the roadway. This project was completed in December 2021. Maryland Avenue project plans are available here.
Town Center Road Diets
The Town Center Road Diets project is designed to add pedestrian and bicycle facilities along N. Washington Street between MD 355 (Hungerford Drive) and MD 28 (Jefferson Street) as well as along E. Middle Lane between N. Washington Street and MD 355 (Hungerford Drive). This project will add new protected bicycle lanes and bike boxes along N. Washington Street and a widened sidewalk along E. Middle Lane among other improvements. The final plans for the Town Center Road Diets project are available here. Please contact Daniel Seo for questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In December 2021, the City of Rockville Public Works Department held a public meeting to share information and solicit feedback for the upcoming roadway project on N. Washington Street and E. Middle Lane. Watch a video of the public meeting and view the proposed plans.
Shared Roadways are designated low-volume and low-speed roads where motor vehicle and bicycle traffic may share the same roadway space. The City of Rockville Bikeway Master Plan includes recommendations for 36 different roadway segments to be designated as Shared Roadways. The City has posted shared roadway signage for 50% of the recommended roadway and continues to install shared roadway signage. Signage will be added to 70% of the recommended shared roadways by July 2022. Please contact Daniel Seo for questions at email@example.com.
Leading Pedestrian Intervals
A leading pedestrian interval (LPI) is an advance WALK signal displayed for the crosswalk while red indications continue to be displayed to parallel through and/or turning traffic. The LPI is used to reduce conflicts between pedestrians and turning vehicles at intersections with high pedestrian volumes and high conflicting turning vehicle volumes. City staff implemented LPIs at the following intersections in Town Center:
- MD 28/Monroe St: LPI to cross MD 28
- MD 28/Maryland Ave: LPI to cross MD 28
- MD 28/Washington St: LPI to cross MD 28
- N. Washington St/E. Montgomery Ave/Courthouse Sq: LPI to cross N. Washington St.
- N. Washington St/Middle Ln: LPI to cross N. Washington St
- N. Washington/Beall: LPI to cross N. Washington St
- E. Middle Ln/Maryland Ave: LPI to cross E. Middle Ln
Other Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Roadway Safety Projects
The City of Rockville continues to implement various safety projects to improve the transportation network for walking, bicycling, and driving. These include new sidewalks, new crossings, and intersection improvements such as pedestrian refuge islands and curb extensions.
A new curb bump-out on McAuliffe Drive at Linthicum Street (left), and a new sidewalk and curb-ramp on Vandegrift Avenue near the Twinbrook Community Center (right).
A pedestrian refuge island on Monument Street at Great Falls Road (left), and a new flashing pedestrian beacon and crosswalk installed crossing Wootton Parkway at Wootton High School (right).
Two new sidewalks, the first along North Horners Lane (left) and second along Southlawn Lane (right).