State Highway Responds to County Council MD 198 Recommendations
December 8, 2017
Back in July, we convinced six Montgomery County Councilmembers to write a letter to the State Highway Administration in support of our recommendations.
Six months later, Gregory Slater, Administrator of the State Highway Administration, wrote back with a point-by-point response to each of our recommendations that the Councilmembers echoed in their letter.
While Mr Slater does not fully concede to our recommendations, he does state that they have been acknowledged and will be considered during planning and design.
A few interesting details to note:
The letter mentions that the State Highway Administration would likely not be responsible for the cost of burying the utilities, which means that the community and local officials would have to persuade the utility company to bury the lines. We will discuss how this can be accomplished.
We achieved one solid success: The State Highway Administration agreed to re-consider adding an additional left-turn lane from McKnew Road at MD 198. They had previously dropped this option during the study, but decided to re-evaluate based on the community support.
The completion of the MD 28/198 Corridor Improvement Study has been postponed to 2018.