TAKOMA PARK — The Takoma Park City Council on Wednesday approved a traffic study which will further advance the Takoma Junction redevelopment process.
“The city’s study is to identify options to address safety concerns and mitigate traffic congestion at Takoma Junction and evaluate the extent of cut-through traffic in adjacent neighborhoods,” City Manager Suzanne Ludlow said during the Council’s Wednesday evening meeting. “The findings will be used to advocate for roadway and intersection improvements.”
The study would examine traffic flows at eight intersections along Carroll and Ethan Allen Avenues as part of the city’s capital improvement project budget and provide the city with recommendations to address congestion issues along with cyclist and pedestrian safety.
Ward 2 Council member Cindy Dyballa praised the scope and depth of the study.
“It seems that this is a substantively different effort from what people were talking about a month ago,” she said.
Ludlow explained the city’s study is contracted to the Rockville-based surveying firm A. Morton Thomas and Associates, Inc., and is separate from another traffic study by Neighborhood Development Company, which examines the impact of additional traffic directly from the Takoma Junction proposed development.
Some residents demanded an independent traffic study to examine the wider effects of the Takoma Junction development project over the course of Council meetings on October 12 and 26, both of which lasted into the early morning hours.
NDC presented a concept plan to redevelop the parking lot adjacent to the Takoma Park-Silver Spring Co-op in front of the city council on Sept 27 after being selected for the project in 2015.
Initial plans included the co-op as part of the development, but negotiations in 2016 between the two parties did not produce an agreement.