REOPENING PLANS AROUND THE REGION:
- Northern Virginia
- Montgomery County
- Prince George’s County
- Frederick, Anne Arundel and Charles counties
As parts of the D.C. region reopen and more people head outdoors amid the coronavirus pandemic, there’s a new plan in Maryland to turn some roads into open spaces.
The Shared Streets initiative in Montgomery County is turning some county sidewalks, roads and parking lots into spaces where businesses and pedestrians can take part in activities while also maintaining social distancing measures.
This will allow for retail pickup zones, restaurant space and more outdoor activities.
The goal is to take a balanced approach by providing opportunities in various communities, according to Montgomery County Department of Transportation officials.
Shared Streets will be implemented in areas where pedestrian traffic is high and space is limited.
Lane closures will also take place to test the best methods in certain areas.
Some streets may also be designated for only local access, with traffic being redirected to better accommodate some of the changes.
The Maryland State Highway Administration is making similar changes to state roads.
So far, 42 temporary ‘no parking’ curbside food pick up zones have been set up in Bethesda, Pike and Rose in North Bethesda, Silver Spring, and Wheaton.
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