Jefferson Streetscape Task Force

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Jefferson, Maryland

A project of  the
Jefferson Ruritan Club
in cooperation with
local organizations and residents
and the
Maryland State Highway Administration.

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The Jefferson Streetscape Project

 

 

The Jefferson Streetscape Project is a cooperative endeavor between the Maryland Department of Transportation and the Jefferson Streetscape Task Force.

 

Mission and Scope

The mission of the Jefferson Streetscape Task Force is to represent the community of Jefferson in work with the Maryland Department of Transportation in a project to improve Jefferson’s main street. The improvements are called “streetscaping” and include improvements to the curbs, gutters, and pavement of the roadway, as well as drainage, pedestrian safety, lighting, landscaping, and historical highlights along the roadway.

 

The scope of the project covers approximately two miles of Jefferson Pike (Route 180) and a quarter mile portion of Lander Road.  The scope includes nearly 180 properties, both business and residential.

 

Accomplishments To Date (March 28, 2002)

The Jefferson Streetscape Task Force was formed in May of 2000, following a presentation to the Jefferson Ruritan Club by Robert L. Fisher, District Engineer from the State Highway Administration (SHA).  Mr. Fisher described a state sponsored program, known as the "Streetscape Initiatives", designed to assist communities improve the appearance, safety, drainage, and traffic flow along their main streets. He showed slides from many of the Streetscape Projects to illustrate the improvements. He explained how nearly 100 communities in Maryland had initiated the program and how the programs operate.

Following Mr. Fisher’s presentation, the Jefferson Ruritan Club decided that it would explore the possibility of starting a Streetscape project in Jefferson. The task was assigned to the Ruritan Environment Committee. It is noteworthy that Jefferson is the first unincorporated community in Maryland to initiate a Streetscape Project. Therefore, with the help of many other local organizations, a community meeting was held on May 22, 2000 that resulted in the creation of a task force committee. The committee consists entirely of local volunteers who elected officers from among their ranks, set their mission and operating procedures, and obtained a small amount of funds from the Jefferson Ruritan Club.

 

 

Since its first organizational meeting on June 5, 2000, the Jefferson Streetscape Task Force has met regularly each month.  Accomplishments include the following:

·        Several walkthroughs of the targeted areas involving residents, Task Force members, engineers and an archeologist from MDOT.

·        Publicity campaigns, including door to door canvassing, public meetings, a web site, and a display booth at two Jefferson Ruritan Carnivals

·        Opinion surveys of property owners and residents

·        Discussions with county officials and utility company engineers

·        Assistance to SHA engineers in concept planning

·        A series of block meetings where owners and residents gave their feedback on SHA draft concept plans

·        Follow-up discussions with individual owners and residents to address concerns over SHA drafted concept plans and to obtain verbal approval of the plans as amended by SHA.

The Task Force has obtained verbal approval of SHA amended concept plans from nearly all affected property owners.

 

Remaining Work

For the SHA to proceed to the design stage of the project, SHA needs the official backing of the local government with jurisdiction over the community.  The Task Force has drafted a resolution for adoption by the FBOCC which will satisfy the SHA’s requirement.

 

If State funding is approved, the design and construction stages may be completed within two years, finishing well within the normal four year time span of these projects.

 

For more information on the work of the Jefferson Streetscape Task Force, visit our web site at