5 VotesFix it! Voted!4950 Elm Street Montgomery County, MD
On 26 JUN 2013, I was legally parked in the Bethesda Row parking garage to go out for dinner with friends. We parked and paid the meter with coins for the 2 hr limit. After dinner (which lasted less than 2 hours), we returned to our car and drove home. There was no parking ticket left on our vehicle and there was time remaining on the meter. So, I was shocked to find that 3 weeks later we receive a notice in the mail for an overdue parking fine of $70 ($45 + $25 for the late fee). I tried to call the number on the notice, but was told that because of the timing (greater than 15 days from the date of the penalty), our only option was to pay the fine and contest the ticket in person. However, I am an Army surgeon who has been reassigned and am preparing to deploy to Afghanistan and have no time to report back to Bethesda in person to contest this ticket. I asked kindly to speak with the manager, knowing that the person who answers the phone has no power to help with these issues. I was told that I had to leave my cell phone number and would get a call eventually but that it was imperative that I pay the fine as soon as possible. I'm not contesting this ticket because of the fine (as I can easily pay this). The issue is the predatory policy that is in place whereby motorists are not given a ticket, there is no proof that a ticket was placed on my vehicle, and there is no way to contest the ticket by email or letter without paying the increased fine first. There are many many military personnel who live in the DC/MD metropolitan area who are relocating constantly. How are we expected to comply with such policies?
11 VotesFix it! Voted!4641 Montgomery Ave Bethesda, MD 20814, USA
For over a year there have been potholes on this corner. Every time it rains the potholes reappear. Is there any chance this is going to get a permanent fix? Does anyone know if this is on the list for repair once Wisconsin Ave from Bradley to E/W Highway is repaired?
4 VotesFix it! Voted!
Intersection Briggs Chaney Rd & Rt 29 Montgomery County, Maryland
The signage that at this relatively new interchange is dangerously inadequate in all directions. It is difficult for those of us who live nearby and perilous for visitors. Usually I drive eastbound on Briggs Chaney and find the directions confusing but last night my friend who lives in Columbia missed the southbound exit to Rt. 29 and turned around to go westbound to try again, This signage was worse yet. My suggestion is that whoever is responsible for signage placement drive through in all directions and start again. This is too busy an intersection to risk accidents because of a sign or no sign.
Redland Extension Derwood, Maryland
Three lanes exit the Shady Grove parking areas and merge into two on the garage side...
One (the right) lane exits directly onto Redland Road at the light. Many people queue into two lanes there as a courtesy even though the exit was designed for one lane. Issue #1 is that curb demolition is needed along with repaving and repainting the lines to allow two lanes at the exit. That would improve traffic flow and reduce the backup at the light. The backup impedes exit onto Redland Extension when volume is high. That leads to Issue #2 which is the exit at Redland Extension. This exit that was recently upgraded with a pedestrian light. Two left lanes merge into one two exit here. Originally this exit was designed for two lanes to turn left but the road was restriped to force a merger prior to the turn. Many people stay in the middle lane and jump the queue waiting to make the left. This is very unfair to the patient drivers in the queue. This lane should be re-signed so that the middle lane is designated RIGHT TURN ONLY (onto Redlands Road). That would hopefully retard the line jumpers..
7420 Lakeview Dr. Bethesda, MD
Montgomery County MD recently installed speed cameras on their roads. Even though the speed limit on the Beltway is 55 the average speed is actually about 72 mph. If a person because of their awareness of speed cameras decides to actually go 55 this creates a dangerous situation. Anybody doing 55 on the Beltway even in the far right lane is a sure thing to get tailgated. And tailgating greatly increases the likelihood of a serious accident. The speed cameras may be doing more harm than good.
7420 Lakeview Dr. Bethesda, Md
Montgomery County MD is making lots of money due to the installation or Red Light Cameras. If a person is highly aware of these cameras and is determined not to get a ticket they may very well jam on the brakes if a yellow light comes when they are close to the intersection. If the driver directly behind them has no knowledge or care about these cameras there is a fair chance that they are going to plow right into the car in front of them.
General Getty Park Silver Spring, Maryland
There are dozens of rats running around the parking lot of General Getty Park. If you pull into the lot at night you can see them running across the lot to the wooden fence and bushes that divide the homes from the lot. There are a lot of children that play in that park and it's dangerous having large rats running around there.
Beltway North Bethesda, MD
To get onto the Beltway Inner Loop from Southbound Wisconsin Ave (MD-355) there is a left hand merge lane which ends in about 3/4 mile. However, many self-centered types are jumping the queue during congested times and treating this as a passing lane. It's bad enough that this was engineered as a left merge to begin with, but these jerks are adding to the merge issue, not helping.
Someone please post a "No Queue Jumping" or "No entry from right lanes" notice, post a high fine for this behavior, and enforce it. I have witnessed at least 5 rear-end collisions at this location caused by thru traffic entering this lane for no reason other than selfishness.
10801 Macarthur Boulevard Potomac, MD 20854, USA
There are numerous, large potholes to the entrance of the parking lot across from old anglers inn. Smaller cars are bottoming out and all cars taking a left have to slow down considerably to avoid the potholes which them puts them in danger of getting hit by oncoming traffic. Short term, the potholes should be filled. This such a highly used area that a permanent solution should considered such as permeable concrete that will not erode but will still absorb water and not effect the ecosystem near the water.