While no one knows for certain what the priorities will be of the new administration, sweeping changes are expected at the Federal level regarding environmental protections. Therefore, we believe it is going to be more important than ever before to act locally to ensure the protection and preservation of our rivers and streams, our rustic roads and bridges, and our established neighborhoods.
The New York Times, Pro-Publica, and other media organizations have seen a surge in subscriptions in this post-election period. We hope that in that same vein, our members will recognize the importance of actively taking part in environmental watchdog organizations like WMCCA, to speak up when possible zoning violations occur in their neighborhood, and to notify their neighbors and question authority when it means protecting the character of a neighborhood or the health of a local stream, river, or piece of land. These are things that can be done and will be done if a community works together.
At the November WMCCA General Meeting, we heard from Barry Fuss, Chief of Bridges and Structures for Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation, on various bridge improvements underway.
Mr. Fuss identified and described four bridges on rustic roads currently being evaluated for future rehabilitation. While the four described are safe, all bridges receive a Bridge Sufficiency Rating (BSR), ranging from Poor (0) to Very Good (100). Structurally deficient means an element of the bridge will soon need to be replaced and is eligible for federal matching funds. Functionally obsolete means an element of the bridge does not meet today’s standards. The beautiful Montevidio Road Bridge and the Mouth of Monocacy Road Bridge have been identified as "structurally deficient." The Glen Road Bridge M-015 and a second Glen Road Bridge M-148 have been identified as "functionally obsolete." Mr. Fuss is committed to repairing all four of these bridges while keeping their rustic character in place. That is a far cry from what happened with the Esworthy Road Bridge project some 20 years ago, which serves as a cautionary tale of horrendous results when local transportation officials ignore the pleas of the local community and refuse to listen to the advice of their own bridge structural engineers.
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West Montgomery County Citizens Association Newsletter
P. O. Box 59335
Potomac, MD 20854-9335
President - Carol Van Dam Falk, 301-221-3405
Website – WMCCA.org - Peter Poggi, Newsletter Editor – Nancy Madden
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