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Speak Out: Rockville Pike Would Be Better If ...

The city’s planning commission discussed a final draft of the Rockville Pike Plan, which could take decades to come to fruition. What changes would you like to see?

The Rockville Planning Commission discussed a final draft of the Rockville Pike’s Plan during its meeting Feb. 13.

On Wednesday, The Gazette highlighted some of what the plan envisioned, although much of it may not be completed for decades:

  • Low-speed access roads and pedestrian crossings
  • More side streets
  • Buildings that are closer to sidewalks
  • Breaking up the expanse from just south of Town Center to the city’s southern border into smaller, more “walkable” blocks.

Also of interest is incresed development near Twinbrook Metro station, which means more people on foot, on bikes and in cars.

The full story is posted at The Gazette’s website, Gazette.net.  

While scheduling was still tentative, according to the planning commission’s records, the final draft the plan could be released to the public on March 1, with a public hearing March 20.

The draft would be brought up for mayor and council consideration in May, city planning records show.

A report from the city planning staff on the city’s website.

Here's what Rockville residents told Patch more than a two years ago, when a prior draft plan was unveiled:

“I want a walkable, livable city. I take Metro all the way to Capitol Hill to work and then [at home] I have to get in my car to get my dry cleaning. Something’s not right.” —Joe McClane,  President of Cambridge Walk II HOA

“The street design of Rockville Pike today is one of the greatest deterrents to more people feeling comfortable using it outside cars, and even in cars.” — Joel Mann, a transportation consultant with AECOM Technical Services, Inc.

“The pike needs this redevelopment to stay economically competitive in the region and become the signature address that the community wants it to become.” — Gianni Longo, co-founder and principal of ACP Visioning and Planning, which the City Council hired in 2007 to develop a new plan for the Rockville’s main thoroughfare

Speak Out: What changes would you like to see on Rockville Pike? What do you think would make it better?

mark February 21, 2013 at 01:47 AM
Sorry, has nothing to do with the article but has Sean Sedam moved on?
Eric S. February 21, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Rockville Pike would be better if it had blackjack. And hookers. In fact, forget the blackjack. Ah screw the whole damn thing.
jan smith February 22, 2013 at 08:03 AM
Well, I am a driver but I think it would behoove the city to add more cross walks and more crossing lights accessible for the disabled. I also would like to see trees and flowers built down the median strip and maybe one or two cross over bridges...
Inside Info February 22, 2013 at 05:13 PM
If anyone has traveled in NYC during rush hour, cops keep (or at least try) the main arteries flowing. Rockville Pike should be easier as we are talking one main strip, maybe add in Veirs Mill Road/Rt 28 as well..... Have the cops take control and keep the traffic flowing in place of the traffic lights for the critical hours. Do not allow left turners to "overflow" the left turn lane (especially at Edmonston Road). Simple fixes like this will make Rockville Pike more bearable.....

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