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Transportation and Environment and Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committees meet on June 24 at 9:30 a.m. for a briefing on Open Streets initiative

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The following Committees will meet virtually on Wednesday, June 24. Council staff reports and additional information on items scheduled for Committee review can be viewed at: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/ondemand/index.html. The Committee meeting schedule may change from time to time. The current Committee agendas can be viewed at: http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/COUNCIL/ondemand/index.html.

On the guidance of Health Officer and Chief of Public Health Services Dr. Travis Gayles, there is currently no public access to the Council Office Building. The virtual Council meeting will be streamed live on the Council’s web page via YouTube (MoCoCouncilMD) and on Facebook Live (MontgomeryCountyMdCouncil) and can be watched on County Cable Montgomery on channels 30 (Fios), 1056 (RCN) and 996 (Xfinity).

Committees: Transportation & Environment (T&E) and Planning, Housing & Economic Development (PHED) Committees
Date: Wednesday, June 24
Time: 9:30 a.m.
T&E Committee: Council Vice President Tom Hucker (chair), Councilmembers Evan Glass and Hans Riemer
PHED Committee: Councilmembers Hans Riemer (chair), Andrew Friedson (lead for parks) and Will Jawando 
Topic:
Open Streets

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, Montgomery County‘s Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Parks Department have implemented temporary modifications to public spaces including sidewalks, streets, parkways and parking areas to meet the evolving needs of the community during the pandemic and its recovery period. These modifications are intended to facilitate physical distancing while allowing the public to engage in commerce and travel, enjoy outdoor recreation and support business recovery. The Committees requested a briefing about these ongoing efforts.

The briefing will be conducted by: Emil Wolanin, deputy director, DOT; Hannah Henn, senior engineer for strategic innovation, DOT; Darren Flusche, trails program supervisor, Parks Department; Kristy Daphnis, chiar, Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee. Also invited to participate in the meeting to comment and answer Councilmember questions are: Casey Anderson, chair, Montgomery County Planning Board; Mike Riley, director, Parks Department; Andre Futrell, District 3 engineer, State Highway Administration; Dave Anspacher, functional planning & policy, Planning Department.

The Council staff report can be viewed here.

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Release ID: 20-275
Media Contact: Sonya Healy 240-777-7926 , Juan Jovel 240-777-7931