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Connecticut Avenue Pedestrian Signal
Pedestrian Crossing Beacon Activated on Connecticut Avenue---Pedestrians Should cross with Caution
The new pedestrian crosswalk and flashing warning beacons are now active on Connecticut Avenue at West Lenox Street. Pedestrians must CROSS WITH CAUTION as this is NOT A FULLY ACTUATED SIGNAL, therefore, THERE IS NO RED LIGHT that will signal drivers along Connecticut Avenue to stop.
When using the crosswalk, please remember the following:
- Press the button to activate the yellow flashing beacons.
- An audible message will play alerting you that the flashing beacons have been activated (please remove earbuds and headphones so you can hear this message) and will continue for the duration of the flashers’ activation: “Yellow flashers activated for Connecticut; cross with caution”.
- TRAFFIC IS NOT REQUIRED TO STOP unless a pedestrian is within the crosswalk.
- DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CROSS UNLESS YOU ARE SURE THAT IT IS SAFE TO DO SO.
- The flashing beacons may stop flashing before you are able to completely cross Connecticut Avenue. The beacons are programmed to flash for 32 seconds, which may not provide sufficient time for pedestrians to wait until it is safe to cross and safely do so.
The Village office is currently working with the State Highway Administration to erect additional signage to warn pedestrians that drivers are not required to stop unless a pedestrian is present in the crosswalk.
Should you have any questions regarding the new crosswalk and flashing warning beacons, please contact the Village Communications Center at 301-654-7300.
State Highway Administration to Install a Pedestrian Crossing on Connecticut Avenue at Lenox Street
After many years of discussions, next week the State Highway Administration (SHA) will begin to install a pedestrian-activated warning signal and a painted crosswalk across Connecticut Avenue just south of its intersection with Lenox Street (at the north end of the Village Hall). Although this signal fails to provide the fully-actuated traffic signal that Village officials have requested (and we continue to urge SHA officials to reconsider), installation of this signal does provide a clear location for pedestrians to cross the avenue and it will provide a basis for further analysis by SHA for warranting a fully-actuated signal. The project includes installation of conduit connected to the traffic signal at Bradley Lane, which would allow for future reconfiguration to a full traffic signal.
In the interim, we are grateful that SHA has seen the need for safe access across Connecticut Avenue within the Village. Please see the following notice for more information regarding the construction project, which is expected to last approximately 6 weeks:
Chevy Chase Village Continues Efforts for a Pedestrian Signal On Connecticut Avenue at West Lenox Street
In March, then-Chair of the Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers, Ms. Patricia Baptiste, appointed an ad hoc Pedestrian Safety Committee to continue efforts to obtain a pedestrian-activated traffic signal to allow pedestrians to cross Connecticut Avenue at Lenox Street. The signal must be approved by the State Highway Administration, which has denied the request stating that the area currently lacks the minimum number of pedestrians seeking to cross the avenue in accordance with thresholds that the State uses to determine if a signal is warranted. Although the Village has argued that residents of and visitors to the area are not attempting to cross given the current unsafe conditions, but would undoubtedly seek to cross if there was a safe way to do so, the State continues to point to the failure to meet the warrants as insufficient basis to proceed with the installation of a signal.
In July, the ad hoc Pedestrian Safety Committee sent a letter to the State Highway Administrator, Ms. Melinda Peters, reaffirming the Village's request, and reiterating the unique factors that exist along this corridor that should serve as the basis for the State's approval of our request. Please visit the Village website to view the community's letter to Ms. Peters and for any further updated communication between the Village and the State Highway Administration.
As many residents know it is very difficult to travel on foot between the east and west sides of the Village. This issue is exacerbated for residents east of Connecticut Avenue traveling who want to visit the Village Hall or post office. The lack of safe pedestrian access across Connecticut Avenue between Bradley Lane and Chevy Chase Circle has been a decades-long concern for the residents of this and neighboring communities.
At the March regular meeting of the Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers, the Village Traffic Committee presented its research and recommendation requesting that the State Highway Administration (SHA) install a pedestrian-activated traffic signal at the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Lenox Street. The Board unanimously voted to support the Committee's recommendation and has sent a letter to the SHA Administrator urging SHA to expedite installation of a signal. A copy of the Traffic Committee's report and the Village Board's letter to SHA can be viewed by clicking on the links below.
The Board thanks the members of the Traffic Committee, specifically Committee member Jan Acton and Committee Chair Porter Wheeler, for their efforts on this important public safety initiative. More information regarding this pending request will be uploaded to the Village website and included in future issues of the Crier as it becomes available.
- Letter from new SHA Administrator to Village ad-hoc Pedestrian Safety Committee Chair - October 5, 2
- Letter from SHA Administrator to Village ad-hoc Pedestrian Safety Committee Chair - August 14, 2014
- Letter from SHA to Board Chair Ms. Patricia Baptiste - April 15, 2014 (PDF)
- Letter of Support from Maryland State Delegate Al Carr to the Maryland State Highway Administration
- Letter of Support from Maryland State Delegate Jeff Waldstreicher to the Maryland State Highway Admi
- Letter to new SHA Administrator from Village ad-hoc Pedestrian Safety Committee Chair - September 16
- Letter to SHA Administrator from Village ad-hoc Pedestrian Safety Committee Chair - July 28, 2014 (P
- Letter to SHA Administrator from Village Traffic Committee Chair - March 5, 2014 (PDF)
- Montgomery County Council Presidents letter to the Maryland State Highway Administration (PDF)
- Response received from SHA Administrator to Village Traffic Committee Chair - March 24, 2014 (PDF)
- Response received from the Maryland State Highway Administration to Chevy Chase Village - February 1
- Response received from the Maryland State Highway Administration to Chevy Chase Village letter (PDF)
- Response received from the Maryland State Highway Administration to Montgomery County Council Presid
- Response received from the Maryland State Highway Administration to Village of Martins Additions (PD
- Response received from the Maryland State Highway Administration to Chevy Chase Village (PDF)
- Traffic Committees Report (PDF)
- Village Board of Managers letter to the Maryland State Highway Administration (PDF)
- Village of Martins Additions letter to the Maryland State Highway Administration (PDF)
Maryland State Legislature
- Senator Richard S. Madaleno, Jr., Maryland District 18
James Senate Office Building, Room 203
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
- Delegate Alfred C. Carr, Jr., Maryland District 18
House Office Building, Room 222
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
- Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez
House Office Building, Room 220
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
- Delegate Jeffrey D. Waldstreicher
House Office Building, Room 221
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
Maryland State Highway Administration
- Gregory Johnson
Administrator, Maryland State Highway Administration
- Pete K. Rahn
Secretary of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation
- Brian Young
District Engineer, State Highway Administration District 3
- Augustine Rebish
Assistant District Engineer, State Highway Administration District 3
- Anyesha Mookherjee
Assistant District Engineer - Traffic
- Cedric Ward
Director, Office of Traffic & Safety, State Highway Administration
- Felecia Murphy
Deputy Director, Office of Traffic & Safety, State Highway Administration