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MDOT SHA Takoma Junction Vision Study

The Maryland Department of Transportation, State Highway Administration has committed to work with the City of Takoma Park to develop a vision for the intersections and traffic of the Takoma Junction.

In 2019, the SHA  initiated a vision study of transportation needs at Takoma Junction, the intersection of MD 195 (Carroll Avenue) and MD 410 (Philadelphia Avenue/Carroll Avenue/Ethan Allen Avenue) in Takoma Park. The goal is for SHA to engage the public to develop a vision for Takoma Junction roadways and transportation and to publish a final report that will be available to the public to facilitate implementation strategies for potential future improvements. The vision study will be completed in 2019.

Status Update – 2020

July 24, 2020
City Manager’s response to inquiry about recent staff communications with SHA regarding the draft Vision Study:

“Kandese Holford gave a repeat, though virtual, presentation of the Draft Vision Study to several City staff on May 28. It was the identical presentation that was given to the Stakeholders. I believe she took down notes about our comments as was done in the previous presentation. We expressed our dismay that it recommended little more than some lane striping and signs. At one point after that I inquired with Greg Slater about the status of the draft Vision Plan and he said he had not yet seen it. I have heard nothing since.
We have not weighed in about mitigation measures. We remain unsure what SHA meant by its cryptic submission to the Development Review Committee regarding the Takoma Junction project other than SHA acknowledges responsibility for the problems with the intersection. How the County will interpret it is not known.”

MDOT SHA Stakeholders Advisory Group meeting
MDOT SHA held a public meeting with the Stakeholders Advisory Group to present a summary of the Vision Study recommendations and get feedback.
February 25 , 2020, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Takoma Park Middle School Cafeteria.

Status Update – 2019

Community Survey
 Click here to take the Takoma Junction Vision Study Community Values Survey. Survey closes at 11:59 p.m. on June 10, 2019.

Takoma Junction Vision Study June Workshops
MDOT SHA will host two different workshops in June for the community to help shape the vision for transportation at Takoma Junction.  Location: Takoma Park Seventh Day Adventist Church; 6810 Eastern Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20012

  • Part I – Crafting a Vision Statement; Tuesday, June 4, 2019,  6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Part II – Bringing the Vision to Life; Monday, June 10, 2019, 6 pm – 8:30 pm

Stakeholders Advisory Group Meetings

  • Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Takoma Park Middle School cafeteria; Minutes
  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Takoma Park Middle School cafeteria. Minutes. Documents
  • Monday, May 13, 2019, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Takoma Park Middle School cafeteria. Minutes
  • Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Takoma Park Recreation Center

For more information and updates on future opportunities to participate as the study develops, contact Kandese Holford   or view the website:

SHA’s list of selected participants in the Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG):

Rachel Anderson             Jessica Landman
Daryl Braithwaite             Rick Leonard, Jr.
Jackie Davison                 Cynthia Mariel
Mimi Diez                          Lorraine Pearsall
Michael Houston              Andrew Strongin
David Koelsch                   Betsy Taylor
Emanuel Wagner

Please note that MDOT SHA will make available a list of meeting attendees and meeting minutes, within one week of each SAG meeting.

Relevant Correspondence

The Mayor received a letter from Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administrator, Greg Slater, dated September 13, 2018,  which states that SHA “is committed to working with the City to develop a vision for Takoma Junction.”

On October 18, 2018  the City, MDOT SHA, and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission staffs met to discuss potential approaches to conducting a vision study.

Project Lead & Contact Info

Kandese Holford, Regional Planner
Regional and Intermodal Planning Division
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration

Takoma Junction Intersection

State Highway Administration – Takoma Junction Vision Study Details

Project Info & Timeline

Budget & Funding Source

Budget: State Highway Administration is conducting and funding the study.

Links & Notes

SHA page on the project:

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