Sidewalk Problems

On February 16, 2011, in Development, Transit, by Evan Glass

It has been a fact of life in our neighborhood over the last few years that major construction resulted in the closure of many sidewalks, making pedestrian travel ever more dangerous. Many of us chose to live in this community expressly because it is a walkable neighborhood that is close to public transportation and businesses. But when all of the residential buildings at the tri-intersection of East-West Highway, Blair Mill Road and Newell Street opened, yet the sidewalks remained in disarray, it was time to investigate the problem.

I joined Eastern Village resident Rodney Elin and East Silver Spring resident William Smith in bringing this problem to the attention of the Greater Greater Washington blog, which focuses on transportation and redevelopment issues. What we found is that the developers were not following guidelines set up by the Maryland State Highway Administration when their buildings were under construction.

Go to this GGW entry and read/watch for yourselves.

Hopefully this online investigation will result in better policing and safer sidewalks in future development projects.

Walk safely.


2 Responses to Sidewalk Problems

  1. Woody says:

    Thanks for this story. I live near this intersection and have been wondering what was going on for some time now.

  2. TC says:

    Agreed! Silver Spring leaders cannot seem to decide whether it will be a urban or suburban community. The lack of walkability is bad and bikeability is downright shameful. If they want downtown SS to develop as neighborhood, then it’s time to decrease lane capacity, build bike lanes, and reduce traffic. Most people passing through downtown still use Colesville and Georgia as commuter lanes.

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