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COMMENTS ON TRAFFIC DIVERSION PLAN FOR WATTS BRANCH
Posted on Feb 24th, 2018

The City of Rockville is considering a morning rush hour traffic diversion plan on Watts Branch Parkway. As described in more detail in the below email from the City, one option would be:
 
A “No Left Turn 7 - 9 AM Monday - Friday” sign on Hurley Avenue for traffic coming onto Hurley Avenue from MD 28 to prevent the left-turn movement onto Watts Branch Parkway during weekday morning peak hours.
 
The city is seeking public comments with a deadline of Friday March 16. It is quite possible that a Public Hearing will be held after March 16 to discuss any proposal.
 
My understanding is that a large number of individuals have already conveyed their views – both pro and con – to Rockville staff. The city’s Department of Public Works would welcome responses from residents in the Fallsmead community.
 
I expect that the Watts Branch Traffic Diversion Plan will be a topic of discussion at the upcoming Fallsmead Community meeting on March 14.
 
As always, if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at: president@fallsmead.org
 
Thanks,
Rob DeLucia
President
Fallsmead Homeowners Corporation
 
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Request for Comments: Traffic Diversion Plan at the intersection of Watts Branch Parkway and Hurley Avenue
 
Dear Fallsmead Homeowners Association President or Representative,
 
The City of Rockville has received a petition from residents to install traffic diversion measures at the intersection of Hurley Avenue and Watts Branch Parkway due to the high number of vehicles traveling on Watts Branch Parkway. In response to this request, the City has conducted a traffic study to evaluate vehicle traffic on Watts Branch Parkway. This study confirmed the high number of vehicles traveling southbound on Watts Branch Parkway during weekdays’ morning peak hours. According to the City’s Guidelines for Neighborhood Traffic Management, Watts Branch Parkway meets the eligibility requirements for a traffic diversion plan.
 
One option to address this issue is to install a “No Left Turn 7 - 9 AM Monday - Friday” sign on Hurley Avenue for traffic coming onto Hurley Avenue from MD 28 to prevent the left-turn movement onto Watts Branch Parkway during weekday morning peak hours.
 
As the first step in the public outreach process, the City is requesting input on this option from the community’s civic and homeowners’ associations as well as the Fallsmead Elementary School. Please provide your comments and concerns by Friday, March 16, 2018. City staff is also interested to hear other options or suggestions you may have. Based on the comments we receive during this first step, a public meeting might be proposed to discuss the issue and proposed options with the public as a second step.
 
If you have any questions about the project or would like to submit comments, please contact me at 240-314-8527 or okotov@rockvillemd.gov.
 

Sincerely, 

 Oleg Kotov, AICP

Senior Transportation Planner

Department of Public Works

City of Rockville

111 Maryland Avenue

Rockville, MD 20850

240-314-8527

okotov@rockvillemd.gov