“No Parking” on Cool Spring Rd at 26th Ave

The following text is quoted from a letter sent to residents along the affected area. Please keep this in mind in case you drive to the NWB trailhead to walk – popular parking spots are no longer allowed!

“Dear Resident:

The Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) recently investigated parking conditions along the north side of Cool Spring Road in front of your residence and we are writing to inform you of the findings. DPW&T’s Traffic Safety Division determined that vehicles parked along the north side of Cool Spring Road near 26th Avenue create a potential traffic safety concern.

Specifically, we determined that vehicles parked along the north side of the Cool Spring Road are forcing westbound Cool Spring Road motorists to cross the double-yellow center line into the eastbound travel lanes. Over the last three (3) years, this situation has led to several collisions involving vehicles traveling in opposing directions (head-on) and parked vehicles being struck. It should be noted that the Maryland Vehicle Law prohibits vehicles from parking in a manner that decreases the width of the travel lane to less than nine feet wide or forces a motorist to cross the center line of a roadway.

To address this concern, we have determined that the appropriate traffic safety option requires prohibiting parking in this area in order to provide for a travel lane of a  sufficient safe width. In January, DPW&T will install “No Parking Any Time” signs along the north side of Cool Spring Road, beginning at a point approximately 115 feet wets of 26th Avenue and continuing east to a point approximately 400 feet east of 26th Avenue. The parking prohibition area includes the frontages of 2500 Cool Spring Road through 2510 Cool Spring Road and along the side of 8300 6th Avenue. The signs should be installed within the next two (2) to three (3) weeks, weather conditions permitting. Also, we regret to inform you that it is not possible to install “tree box cut-aways” (thereby creating a parking bay) at this location since the width of the pavement is insufficient to accommodate parking and the required two (2) lanes of travel.

While we recognize the inconvenience that the parking prohibition action may create for residents in the area, DPW&T is responsible for providing a safe travel environment for all County citizens. If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact Mr. Armen Abrahamian, Chief, Traffic Safety Division, Office of Engineering and Project Management, at (301)883-5641.”


CSR “No Parking” letter pdf

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Halloween Safety Reminders

batsHere are some Halloween safety tips for kids and their parents from the Prince George’s Police Department:

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights (with fresh batteries) to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision.
  • Only visit well-lit houses. Do not enter homes of strangers.
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right, and left again when crossing, and keep looking as you cross.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
  • Don’t eat any candy or treats until they have been inspected for tampering by an adult.
  • Avoid candy that has loose wrappings, is unwrapped, has puncture holes, or is homemade.
  • Don’t approach unfamiliar pets or animals.

In case of an emergency, dial 911, or call 301-352-1200 for non emergencies.

Changes to UMD Alerts

The University of Maryland recently notified subscribers to its UMD Alerts system that it will no longer send alerts to people who are not currently affiliated with the University of Maryland. The alerts will now go only to registered students, faculty, and staff.

If you want to stay current with what’s happening on campus, you can follow the University of Maryland Police Department on Twitter (@UMPD) or on their Facebook page (University of Maryland Department of Public Safety). Instructions for subscribing to UMPD News are available at http://www.umpdnews.umd.edu/node/55.

Snowstorm Information

Let’s hope we’ve seen the last of the snow for this season!! However, if we DO get more snow, here are a few things the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) would like you to know and do.

To assist snow removal crews, citizens and residents are requested to:

  • Move and keep vehicles off snow emergency routes
  • Park in driveways or other off-road locations wherever possible
  • Park only on the EVEN NUMBERED sides of roads and streets

Single-family homeowners, renters and business owners are responsible for removing snow and ice from sidewalks abutting their homes or businesses.

During a snow and ice event, residents and citizens are encouraged to wait 12 hours after the precipitation has stopped to call the Snow Information Center at 301.350.0500 or CountyClick 3-1-1 to report emergencies or concerns about roadway conditions.

To learn more, visit DPW&T’s Snow and Ice Control page.