Montgomery Parks will host a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at 7 p.m. to present data from traffic studies conducted on Little Falls Parkway between Arlington Road and Dorset Avenue during May, July, September, and December of 2022. The traffic studies were conducted as part of the Little Falls Parkway Pilot Project,(opens in a new tab) which was initiated to address concerns with cut-through traffic in adjacent neighborhoods associated with the weekend closures of Little Falls Parkway while retaining space for recreation on the parkway.
WHAT: Virtual public meeting on traffic studies on Little Falls Parkway
WHEN: Wednesday, February 15, 2023, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Online, To Join Meeting: Zoom Link:https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89503849253(opens in a new tab)
Phone Number: 1 301 715 8592 Webinar ID: 895 0384 9253
WHY: Learn about the Little Falls Parkway Pilot Project, details of the traffic studies conducted along the parkway, and the next steps in the process.
MORE: View the traffic data and park concept design on the Little Falls Parkway pilot project webpage.(opens in a new tab)
The public will be able to provide comments on the project during the virtual meeting. Following the February 15th public meeting, Montgomery Parks will present the findings of the traffic studies at a public hearing before the Montgomery County Planning Board in March, where members of the public will have the opportunity to testify. The Planning Board will then review the Parks Department’s recommendations and the public testimony and determine whether to proceed with the pilot project at a subsequent meeting. Dates will be publicly announced and posted on Montgomery Parks’ website once they are finalized.
The Little Falls Parkway pilot project is currently a 24/7 open parkway for two of the four lanes. This section of Little Falls Parkway, between Arlington Road and Dorset Avenue, was previously part of Montgomery Parks’ Open Parkways program(opens in a new tab) between River Road and Arlington Road (1.3 miles).
The Open Parkways program launched at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to provide more outdoor space for recreation and exercise by closing portions of three parkways to vehicles on weekends. Since its inception, hundreds of thousands of visitors have used the Open Parkways and the program remains popular. The other two open parkways, Sligo Creek Parkway and Beach Drive will not be affected by the Little Falls Parkway pilot program.