Parkland Drive

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Parkland Drive is a major north-south connecting route through Aspen Hill.

Route

Parkland Drive has a southern terminus at Veirs Mill Road. It travels roughly north-northeast along a hill ridgeline to the vicinity of Falcon Street, where it briefly descends towards the floodplain of the Turkey Branch of Rock Creek as it passes Wheaton Woods Elementary School, then climbing to a high point at Faroe Place. It then descends again into the floodplain of Turkey Branch at Grenoble Drive. Passing the Millian Memorial United Methodist Church, it rises gently to the intersection with Aspen Hill Road, and climbs a small hill to run level and straight north from Landgreen Street to Frankfort Drive, again climbing small hills to its northern terminus at Chesterfield Road.

Parkland Drive, aside from a very short part at the northern end, runs entirely and only through the Wheaton Woods subdivision. However, it is considered part of the Wheaton Woods neighborhood only south of Aspen Hill Road. To the north, is is considered to be more a part of the Aspen Knolls and English Manor neighborhoods.

Parkland Drive is a connecting route and a circuit-route component.

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Road Type

Parkland Drive is a Snow Emergency Route.

For about half of its length, and in all places north of Aspen Hill Road, Parkland Drive has two traffic lanes and two parking lanes.

For most of the distance from Veirs Mill Road north to a bit south of Keating Street, Parkland Drive is a parkway, with a broad center median between two traffic lanes and two parking lanes. Between Grenoble Drive and Independence Street, the boulevard area widens significantly, and the broad center median lies between four traffic lanes and two parking lanes. However, there are no lane marking stripes and technically each side of the median is considered only one traffic lane and one parking lane.

History

The odd design features of Parkland Drive in the vicinity of the intersection with Grenoble Drive are supposed to be a legacy of both the original settlement and land-use patterns, and subsequent planning decisions by the Planning Board.

Parkland Drive was originally a part of the set of roads which grew up running parallel to Rock Creek, and may be thought of as a northern unconnected segment of "Beach Drive", which is also known as the Rock Creek Parkway farther south in the District of Columbia.

At one time, traffic southbound on Parkland Drive could cross Veirs Mill Road and follow Gaynor Road across Rock Creek, and then cross Randolph Road onto Rocking Horse Road, and follow that to the Boiling Brook Parkway. One turn and a bridge crossing later, one would be on Beach Drive and could drive south into the District of Columbia.

Sometime in the late 1950s or early 1960s, the Planning Board included a Master Plan element called the "Rockville Facility" which later became known as the "Montrose Parkway". It was to travel from Interstate 270 at Montrose Road to intercept the "Outer Beltway" near the vicinity of the present-day Plaza del Mercado Shopping Center. Much of that route was intended to follow the stream valley of the Turkey Branch of Rock Creek, with exits at or near the eastern end of Grenoble Drive, as well as at Connecticut Avenue where the parkway would pass beneath the infamous "cloverleaf to nowhere". Thus, the intersection of Parkland Drive and Grenoble Drive was engineered to be the highest-capacity intersection with the highest-capacity approaches, aside from intersections planned and built much later for State Highways such as Georgia Avenue and Connecticut Avenue.

In 1970, the immense floods caused by Tropical Storm Agnes washed out all of the old dirt-and-gravel roads along Rock Creek, as well as taking out the bridge on Gaynor Road. Public inquiry regarding replacement of the bridge was referred to the State Highway Administration, which held rights to the stream valley. For a variety of reasons, mostly fiscal, no progress was ever made on approval for the highway, yet the potential for construction made it impossible to secure permits for any bridging across either Rock Creek or the Turkey Branch. The Gaynor Road bridge was never repaired.

In the early 2000s, the State Highway Administration transferred title and rights to the Department of Natural Resources, and the stream valley of the Turkey Branch of Rock Creek was renamed the Matthew Henson State Park.

In 2007, the County Council approved plans to start work on the Montrose Parkway West segment. Interestingly, there are provisions in the plan which will make it all but inaccessible from Aspen Hill without making significant detours and turns.

Homeowner and Property Information

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