Design and construction of a hard surface trail connection between the Capital Crescent Trail and Little Falls Trail, including a safe crossing of Hillandale Road in Bethesda, MD near the Bethesda Pool located at 6300 Little Falls Parkway Bethesda, MD 20816.
The goal of this project is to provide a safe, functional, barrier-free and experimentally pleasant trail connection between the Capital Crescent Trail and the Little Falls Trail. The connecting trail segment will be accessible and meet the spirit and intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The design process will focus on incorporating principles of sustainable site design and low impact development.
The Capital Crescent Trail follows an abandoned railroad right of way and extends 11 miles from Georgetown, in the District of Columbia, to Silver Spring in Montgomery County. Approximately 5.5 miles of the trail are in Montgomery County. This trail is heavily used at all times and also serves as a commuter trail to Georgetown during the week. The trail, one of 500 rail-to-trail projects in the nation, traverses neighborhoods and parkland and includes stretches along the Potomac River. The 3.5-mile Little Falls hiker-biker paved trail is largely shaded and offers unobstructed views of Little Falls. The trail parallels the Capital Crescent Trail (CCT) starting at Mile 6 of the CCT and for about a mile shares the same right of way.
The current route used by bikers to connect the Little Falls Trail to the Capital Crescent Trail is through the Bethesda Pool parking lot which has led to conflicts when the pool is open. To improve safety, efficiency and reduce conflicts, a trail connector is proposed for construction near the Bethesda pool.
Parks received comments from various groups and individuals following two community meetings held last summer to inform the public and seek their input on three connector alignment options. The comments varied from supporting the different option alignments (A, B, or C); to recommending a new option (D); and to requesting no trail connector be built in this area. Parks instructed the design consultant to study the public recommended option (D) which takes trail users along Hillandale Road (across the street from the Bethesda Pool parking lot frontage) and crosses at the traffic light at the intersection of Hillandale and Little Falls Parkway.
After consideration of all comments received, the staff was to present three Concept Design Options to the Board with a recommendation. The options included:
The project was placed on hold pending the decision on safety improvements in November 2016.
October 2019 Update
The Capital Crescent Trail Connector project has been merged with the nearby Capital Crescent Trail Crossing Little Falls Parkway Safety Improvements project.
For more information, visit the project website for: Capital Crescent Trail Crossing Little Falls Parkway Safety Improvements Project
Opportunities for public participation are shown below. Links to review meeting notes and Planning Board memos will be attached to each applicable calendar event as it is scheduled and completed.
DISCUSSION AND MEETING NOTES
|April 27, 2015||Design Kick-Off Meeting held to discuss:
– Development of design & construction documents
9500 Brunett Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20901
|June 11, 2015||Development of preliminary concept plan – 15% design|
|July 28, 2015
7pm – 9pm
|Community Meeting #1 – To solicit community input on planned trail connector alignment
– View the presentation (5.5mb)
– View trail connector alignment options
– View the meeting notes
|Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814
|October 2015||The project has been placed on hold in order to weigh all comments received and to study new alignment options|
|November 2016||– Consultant directed to study new alignment option “D” as proposed by the public
– Received new alignment Option D and cost estimate from the consultant
– Discussion with Montgomery County Recreation on possible aquatic center impacts and coordination due to proposed options
|March 2016||Additional environmental improvements being considered alone with the trail options|
|March 10, 2016||The staff report for Planning Board meeting
– View Staff Report
– View exhibits (Options A, D and ‘No Build’)
|March 17, 2016||Planning Board Meeting to obtain Board approval of recommended alignment option and budgetary cost estimate – For the accurate time go to Agenda Archives, then ‘Upcoming Meetings’||MNCPPC
Montgomery Regional Office
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
|April 5, 2016||Metrobike LLC submitted an application for consideration to install a bike share station near the trail connector|
|October 17, 2017||Bicyclist killed in a traffic accident at the intersection of Little Falls Parkway and Capital Crescent Trail|
|October 2016||Project on hold pending full safety analysis of the Little Falls Parkway and trail crossing|
|November 2016||Staff developed a preliminary safety improvement concept plan to be further studied|
Kurt Wiebusch, Construction Section Supervisor