A plan to improve pedestrian safety and public transportation on Veirs Mill Road was just approved by the Montgomery County Council.
The Veirs Mill Corridor Master Plan is in place to develop the corridor between Rockville and Wheaton. Veirs Mill Road, which is a major artery in the county, has limited areas for pedestrians to cross making it difficult to use public transit.
The plan also adjusts roadway signals by getting rid of left turn lanes and reduces the speed limit to 35 miles per hour and as low 25 miles per hour in some sections. Officials say the plan will also make way for affordable housing.
“Put in a more moderate speed you have to change the turns, the intersections, and when you do that you create an environment where people drive at a more comfortable pace – they are more relaxed they aren’t always trying to race up to the next intersection,” said Hans Reimer – Montgomery County Councilmember.
Studies have shown the plan will reduce the number of pedestrian deaths.