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Pedestrian Bridge Completed, Crosswalk Reopened on Piney Branch Road

Silver Spring crossing operational following controversy about danger of its temporary relocation

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Construction of a pedestrian bridge on Piney Branch Road at the intersection with Sligo Creek Parkway in Silver Spring is complete.

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Final touches are being completed on a project near a Silver Spring crosswalk deemed dangerous by county and state officials.

Construction of a pedestrian bridge on Piney Branch Road at the intersection with Sligo Creek Parkway in Silver Spring forced the temporary relocation of a crosswalk to about a half-block from the intersection. The crossing was at its location for several months before a video surfaced, showing a family attempting to cross the road. As a child on a bicycle neared the crosswalk’s midpoint, a car in the right lane flew by, narrowly missing the child.

The video sparked a flurry of public backlash about the crossing’s location, and the Maryland State Highway Administration (MDSHA) responded within days, posting flaggers at the crosswalk to help pedestrians and bicyclists cross the road safely.

Now the flaggers are gone, the permanent crosswalk is reopened and construction on the nearby pedestrian bridge is complete. The bridge reopened Oct. 13, according to the MDSHA and flaggers were utilized for two days until pedestrian signals became operational.

Minor work is ongoing near the intersection, with curb, gutter, sidewalk and sign foundations left to be installed. Work is expected to be complete by “late fall,” the MDSHA said Monday.

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