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County’s OK Paves The Way For New Germantown Road Intersection


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By Kevin O’Rourke

The ride on Germantown Road between Dawson Farm Road and Wisteria Drive will be changing in the future after the Montgomery County Planning Board approved on January 29 a connection from Waters Road – currently a cul-de-sac with no outlet - to Germantown Road (Maryland Route 118). Waters Road is the site of a new development, the Village at Germantown West, that will have 304 multi-family dwellings, 166 one-family attached dwellings and 14,426 square feet of retail space. It’s under construction by Gaithersburg-based Buchanan Partners, on what is known as the Marten Property.

In 2013 the County approved the residential development on the condition that Waters Road be connected to Germantown Road. According the Planning Board Staff Report on the matter, “The required construction of realigned Waters Road to Germantown Road will be done as a business district road based on a cross section approved by MCDOT including four total lanes (48 feet of pavement), a seven foot wide sidewalk, and a four foot wide green panel with street trees across the property’s frontage.”

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The intersection will be built as a full access intersection directly opposite Bowman Mill Drive. The proposed plan will have Waters Road curve slightly to line up with Bowman Mill Drive creating a fluid intersection that may have a traffic signal in the future.

According to Benjamin Berbert, a senior planner with the Montgomery County Planning Department, “Based on the signal warrant study submitted for review to State Highway, it shows the warrants for a traffic signal are projected to be met.”

Berbert said that the Master Plan envisions an intersection with a traffic light to provide safe pedestrian crossing from the north side of Germantown Road to the MARC station on the south side.

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“The warrants will need to be re-tested after the intersection is open to traffic without a signal before State Highway will allow the signal to be installed. If the actual traffic is less than predicted and the warrants are not met for a signal, the intersection may remain unsignalized for a time. If unsignalized, the signal warrants will be re-teste