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Flower Avenue Green Street Project

About the Flower Avenue Green Street Project

The City has selected the E&R Services for the project construction. The project includes traffic calming, pedestrian improvements, bus stop improvements, energy efficient lighting and stormwater management features.

Current Project Status

In accordance with City procurement procedures, the Public Works Department issued an RFP for the construction of the Flower Avenue Green Street Project and received four bids. Out of the four bidders, City Staff recommended E&R Services to be the lowest qualified responsible bidder.

In June, 27, 2018 the  City council approved  the staff recommendation to enter into the contract with E&R Services. Here is the link to approved ordinance: Ordinance

The project is awaiting a final project construction award approval from the MD State Highway Administration (SHA). We anticipate to receive the approval by end of September. The next step is to apply and receive the material clearance from the SHA District 3 Office of Material Technology. Weather permitted construction is expected to begin in the spring, 2019. Property owners and business within the project area will be notified a month prior to the construction. The City will host a kick-off event so the neighbors can meet the contractor and review the project plans.

Project Lead & Contact Info

Nima Upadhyay
Special Projects Coordinator
Phone: 301-891-7621
Email: NimaU@takomaparkmd.gov

Robert Gillespie
Consultant Project Engineer
Phone: 410-462-9192
Email: rgillespie@rkk.com

Flower Avenue Green Street Project Details

Project Info & Timeline

  • September 2018: Contract Award to E&R Services
  • June 2018: Project Award
  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018: Mandatory pre-bid meeting will be conducted on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 10:00 am. It will be held in the Public Works Conference Room located at 31 Oswego Avenue, Silverspring, Maryland, 20910
  • Wednesday, March 21, 2018: Qualification and Bids are due in separate sealed envelopes by 3:30 pm.
  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018: Review Qualifications, (Notify Bidders only if they do not meet Qualifications)
  • Monday, April 2, 2018: Bid Opening at 2:30 pm.
  • Takoma Park’s role in project: Lead
  • Departments involved: Public Works

Budget & Funding Source

Budget:  $3,131,288 (Estimate)

  • Design Cost:  $573,676
  • Construction Cost:  $2,884,719 (Estimate includes Construction Inspection)

Funding Source: Grant and City Funds

Grant Amount and Source:

  • State Highway Administration:  $696,000
  • Montgomery County: $200,000
  • TAP Funding: $1,040,330
  • National Fish and Wildlife: $168,750
  • CDBG Block Grant: $91,000
  • City Fund: $ 1,154,234

Links & Notes

Flower Avenue 100% Plan (August  2017)

Signing and Pavement Marking Plan (August 2017)

About Flower Avenue

  • Two-lane, two-way roadway with posted speed limit of 25 miles per hour; traffic study found 85% of vehicles travelling along Flower Avenue 10 mph over the posted limit.
  •  Three bus routes (Ride-On) with 16 bus stops in the corridor, eight in each direction.
  • The eastern side of the street lacks sidewalks and the sidewalk along the western side is in need of renovation. Limited crosswalks.
  • Flower Avenue has no stormwater infrastructure. There are two inlets opposite each other on Flower near Domer, serving a pipe that runs perpendicular to the street. The water is shunted into Sligo Creek and Long Branch Creek without slowing or filtering. There are no other inlets for the full length of the Flower Avenue project area. All other stormwater on Flower Avenue simply runs onto side streets or private property. In order to address the stormwater issues, the project proposes low-impact stormwater retention facilities.

Proposed improvement at Flower and Houston Avenue Intersection

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