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U.S. Open: Potomac Resident Turns Yard into Parking Lot

While players get ready for the first round of the U.S. Open, parking continues to be an issue.

According to the United States Golf Association, spectators attending the U.S. Open Championship at Congressional Country Club this week are reminded that there is no general spectator parking at or around the club.

Fifteen homeowners in Potomac, Maryland learned of the limited parking issue and decided to get permits for visitors to park on their lawns one week out of the year including David Stupar, whose two-acre lot has been in his family since 1960.

“We are the original owners. Horses used to graze our lot, but in 1997 we parked cars here for the U.S. Open and saw what a lucrative arrangement it was. We heard it was coming back this year, and knew we had a great business opportunity on our hands,” said Harrington Drive Resident, David Stupar.

State Highway Administration Rehabs Two Frederick County Bridges on I-270

State Highway Administration Rehabs Two Frederick County Bridges on I-270

This information is provided by The Maryland State Highway Administration:


(June 13, 2011) –The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is rehabilitating two bridges on northbound and southbound I-270 over MD 80 (Fingerboard Road) and Bennett Creek in Frederick County.  Both bridges are structurally sound but are in need of preventive maintenance to extend their service life after decades of carrying more than 82,000 vehicles a day.  Weather permitting the $8.9 million project will be completed in fall 2012.

Spend It Like It’s Your Own

Spend It Like It’s Your Own

You may have heard that tempers are flaring over the planned metro station at Dulles. According to news reports, the board at Dulles International Airport stands behind its decision to build an underground station because it would be more 1) convenient for travelers, and 2) attractive than an above ground station.

So, it behooves us to ask about the degree of perceived inconvenience. How would using an above ground metro station compare with:

Cherry Blossom Traffic Pattern

This community notice comes to us from the U.S. Park Police:

Montgomery County Roadways to Receive Spring Cleaning

Montgomery County Roadways to Receive Spring Cleaning

From Montgomery County:

Starting the week of March 28, Montgomery County’s residential roadways will get a spring cleaning with the launch of the annual street sweeping program on  the County’s 5,000 curb miles of roads. 

Crews put finishing touches on ICC for next week's debut

Crews put finishing touches on ICC for next week's debut

The Washington Examiner is reporting that road crews will be working steadily in the next week on the final touches of the InterCounty Connector, posting the final 55 mph speed limit signs, securing guardrails and sealing fence gaps.

After decades in the making, the first leg of the $2.5 billion roadway is finally scheduled to open to drivers at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

When viewed from Google's satellite images, the road remains a gash of dirt across Montgomery County. But on the ground, it is more than 5.6 miles of fresh asphalt weaving between housing developments, over streams and under existing roads. It is lined by sound barriers, earth-tone guardrails, and hundreds of thousands of newly planted shrubs and saplings in an effort to blend in and protect the surrounding environment.

Montgomery County Bike Projects Moving Slowly

The WashCycle reports that with the Bradley Boulevard bike project having recently been presented, it joins a growing list of future bike projects in Montgomery County. But only one project has money budgeted for it so far. That's the MacArthur Boulevard Bikeway project.

The project will include an 8-foot-wide shared-use hiker/biker path running parallel to MacArthur on the south side, Miller said. The shoulder of the road will also be widened to provide a 2-foot shoulder on each side of the road for faster cyclists.