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 Mayor and Council approved the Pedestrian Master Plan on Oct. 30, 2023. The plan provides an overview of the pedestrian network and identifies policy and infrastructure improvements to address unique issues faced by people walking and rolling.
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.
Twinbrook Safe Routes to School and Pedestrian Access
The city is moving forward with a multimodal safety project in the Twinbrook neighborhood. This project will identify opportunities to improve intersection safety for all modes of transportation, especially for trips to and from Twinbrook Elementary School and the Twinbrook Metro Station. The intersections to be studied include:
- Ardennes Avenue and Crawford Drive
- Ardennes Avenue and Halsey Road
- Ardennes Avenue and Halpine Road
- Ardennes Avenue and Ridgway Avenue
- Ardennes Avenue and Wainwright Avenue
- Chapman Avenue and Bouic Avenue
- Chapman Avenue and Twinbrook Parkway
- Lemay Road and Ridgway Avenue
Additionally, this project will evaluate the feasibility of constructing a sidewalk along several street segments in Twinbrook. The study will evaluate existing rights-of-way, trees, slopes, drainage, and other factors that would be impacted by a sidewalk. The sidewalk gap segments include:
- Brooke Drive between Lewis Avenue and Rockland Avenue
- Crawford Drive between Rockcrest Circle and Hillcrest Park
- Crawford Drive between Atlantic Avenue and Ardennes Avenue
- Halsey Road between Henry Road and Ardennes Avenue
- Lemay Road between Vandegrift Avenue and Ardennes Avenue
- Midway Avenue between Crawford Dive and Stillwell Road
- Wade Avenue between Edmonston Drive and Crawford Drive
Scott Drive and Veirs Drive Shared Use Path
The City of Rockville recently completed a feasibility study for designing and constructing a shared use path along Scott Drive and Veirs Drive between the city boundary and Wootton Parkway, with a connection to the Carl Henn Millennium Trail. This shared use path will be one component of a Bikeway Master Plan "Crosstown Route."
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 added new protected bicycle lanes and bike boxes along N. Washington Street and a widened sidewalk along E. Middle Lane, among other improvements. Please contact Daniel Seo for questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beall Avenue Complete Streets
The city evaluated opportunities to improve the intersections of Beall Avenue & Maryland Avenue and Beall Avenue & Hungerford Drive (MD 355). This feasibility study was funded through the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Regional Roadway Safety Program and assessed the feasibility of improving these intersections as well as the segments of Beall Avenue between Hungerford Drive and North Washington Street.
A virtual public meeting was held on May 18, 2023 to share information about this project and present an opportunity for residents and stakeholders to learn more, ask questions, and provide comments to the city. A recording of the meeting is available online. Additionally, the May 18 presentation slides are available online.
The city was awarded a Bloomberg Philanthropies Asphalt Art grant to implement an on-street art project on Beall Avenue. The city is currently seeking a contractor to complete the complete streets road design suggested in the Beall Avenue Complete Streets study. This project will seek to repurpose a motor vehicle lane to improve roadway safety and provide adequate space for the asphalt art to draw attention to Town Center and highlight the multimodal facilities.
Fleet Street and Monroe Street Complete Streets
The city evaluated opportunities to create Complete Streets along Fleet Street between Maryland Avenue and Richard Montgomery High School and along Monroe Street between Fleet Street and East Middle Lane. Complete Streets are streets that provide facilities for motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users so that everyone may travel safely. Potential improvements for these streets may include separated bicycle lanes, shared use paths, and signalization changes.
A virtual public meeting was held on May 4, 2023, to discuss the findings of this study and allow for residents and stakeholders to provide input, ask questions, or raise questions with city staff. A recording of the meeting is available here. Presentation slides are available here.
Shared Roadways are designated low-volume and low-speed roads where motor vehicle and bicycle traffic may share the same roadway space. The Bikeway Master Plan includes recommendations for 36 different roadway segments to be designated as Shared Roadways. Please contact Daniel Seo for questions at email@example.com.
Sidewalk Construction Feasibility
Sidewalk gaps are evaluated for feasibility according to the city's Sidewalk Prioritization Policy. Department of Public Works staff are evaluating the following six sidewalk gaps:
- Frederick Avenue between N. Stonestreet Avenue and Westmore Avenue.
- Highland Avenue between S. Stonestreet Avenue and Grandin Avenue.
- Monroe Street between New Mark Esplanade Trail and Dogwood Park.
- Nelson Street between Azalea Drive and Beall Avenue.
- Reading Terrace between S. Stonestreet Avenue and Grandin Avenue.
- Wood Lane between N. Adams Street and N. Washington Street.
The studies are evaluating the feasibility of constructing sidewalks only. This project does not include construction. Before any advances toward further design or construction, city staff will provide opportunities to discuss sidewalk projects with residents, nearby property owners or other interested groups.
Intersection Safety Audits
Two key action items in the Vision Zero Action Plan are related to improving intersections and crossings throughout the City of Rockville. The city has carried out intersection safety audits at five intersections in the city and evaluated traffic patterns; pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle counts; crash history; and the existing intersection geometry. The first five intersections to be studied include:
- East Gude Drive and Taft Court
- Edmonston Drive and Lewis Avenue
- Wootton Parkway and Fleet Street
- Wootton Parkway and Preserve Parkway
- Wootton Parkway and Seven Locks Road
The intersection safety audits have been completed and staff has proposed improvements to address the causes of crashes at each intersection. Click here to view the proposed improvements.
Should you have any questions or comments about the other intersections, please feel free to email the project manager, Daniel Seo, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
- Twinbrook Pkwy/Chapman Ave: LPI to cross Twinbrook Pkwy
Projects on State-Maintained Roadways
The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is responsible for planning, designing, and constructing, and maintaining roadway projects on state-maintained roadways and rights-of-way. State-maintained roadways are designated by a number as well as a name, for instance, Rockville Pike, Hungerford Drive, and Frederick Road are all part of MD 355.
Veirs Mill Road & Atlantic Avenue Intersection Improvements
In fall of 2022, MDOT SHA installed hardened centerlines, flex-post curb extensions, signal back plates, and refreshed pavements markings at this intersection to help discourage motorists from using the right-turn lanes as through lanes, and to improve pedestrian safety.
Americans with Disability Act Sidewalk Improvements
There are two roadway segments along MD 355 in which ADA improvements, including rebuilding sidewalks and curb ramps will occur. The first segment is on MD 355 from Edmonston Drive to First Street, and the second segment is on MD 355 from Monroe Place to MD 28. These projects are planned to be advertised this coming fiscal year. Once plans and review meetings are completed, and permits secured, these projects will move forward to construction.
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).