Public Works

2 Hour Delay Today

Due to the weather conditions, City of Takoma Park offices will open at 10:30 am today. Takoma Park’s Morning Addition and Afternoon Addition programs are canceled.

About Public Works

The Public Works Department is responsible for the maintenance of City-owned roads, buildings, stormwater management systems, gardens, parks, vehicles, and equipment. The department also provides solid waste collection and recycling services to single-family residential properties in the City and in the various business districts.

These functions are accounted for in eight divisions. They are Administration, Building Maintenance, Equipment Maintenance, Right-of-Way Maintenance, Solid Waste Management, Gardens, Urban Forest, and City Engineer.

Current Projects from the Public Works Department

New Sidewalks Proposed For Pinecrest Neighborhood

The City has held three community meetings to discuss the development of six new sidewalks in the Pinecrest neighborhood. The process for new sidewalk requests, established by the City Council, requires that affected residents be involved in the decision through a series of meetings and votes. The first community meeting to discuss the request was held September 18, 2012.  The first vote, which took place in October, 2012, gauged support for proceeding with development of a design. The City received 77 total votes of which 63 were in favor, so the design process went forward.  The engineering firm of Whitman, Requardt and Associates was hired in November, 2013 to develop the design. Design proposals were presented to the community on April 23, 2014 and October 8, 2014. Based on feedback received from the meetings, five of the six sidewalks have a final design. The affected community has been asked to vote on whether to construct the five sidewalks and responses must be received by November 14, 2014.

The final design plans can be accessed below as PDF files. (Click "Read More" to access.)

Boyd Avenue Sidewalk Improvement Project (400 block of Boyd Avenue)

The City has held three community meetings to discuss the development of a sidewalk in the 400 block of Boyd Avenue. The process for new sidewalk requests, established by the City Council, requires that affected residents be involved in the decision through a series of meetings and votes. The first community meeting to discuss the request was held in October, 2012.  The first vote, which took place in November, 2012, gauged support for proceeding with development of a design. The City received 27 votes, 21 in the affirmative, so the design process was approved.

Sligo Mill Overlook Park Playground Plan

About the Sligo Mill Overlook Park Playground Plan Project

The City is developing a playground plan for a section of the Sligo Mill Overlook Park.

The current schedule includes the development of the design in the summer of 2014 and the construction of the playground in the following fiscal year - between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.

There is the possibility of needing to relocate some of the existing garden plots in order to provide for sufficient room for the playground. If plots are relocated, the schedule will be developed to minimize impact to the gardeners during the growing season.

The land is owned and managed by the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCPPC). The City and MNCPPC have agreed to work cooperatively to develop the playground plan. The City has hired Symbiosis, Inc to develop the playground design. The City will oversee the development and construction of the playground design. MNCPPC will oversee relocation of any garden plots.

The playground project manager is Daryl Braithwaite, Public Works Director, who can be reached at 301-891-7615 or DarylB@takomaparkmd.gov.

This webpage has been developed as a repository for meeting minutes and design plans developed through the design process. Additional items will be added as they become available.

Flower Avenue Green Street Project

Flower Avenue is a two lane, two way roadway with posted speed limit of 25 miles per hour. High numbers of pedestrians walk or wait for a bus along the Flower Avenue. Montgomery County Ride-On operates 3 routes & there are sixteen bus stops in the corridor, eight in each direction. Eastern side of the street lacks sidewalk & the sidewalk along western side is in need of renovation. Pedestrians face difficulties crossing the street due to the limited crosswalk. Study done by SHA shows that 85 percent of vehicle travelling along Flower Avenue is approximate 10 mph over posted limit.