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Complete Streets Design Guide

About Complete Streets

Montgomery County is developing a new approach to designing county roads using a concept called “Complete Streets.” Complete Streets are roadways that are designed and operated to provide safe, accessible, and healthy travel for all users of the roadway system, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and motorists. On a Complete Street, it is intuitive and safe to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to school. The approach to Complete Streets will vary in different parts of Montgomery County. This new document provides a one-stop guide for designing new streets and reconstructing or retrofitting existing streets following these principles:

  1. Safety – maximize safety for all (pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicles),
  2. Sustainability – enhance ecological functions and economic appeal of a streetscape, and
  3. Vitality – create streets that are great, dynamic places.

The guide provides policy and design guidance on the planning, design, and operation of county roadways and will be used in the following situations:

  • When designing future streets or reconstructed streets in an area experiencing redevelopment,
  • When implementing a capital improvement project, such as the construction or reconstruction of a street, intersection, or bridge, and
  • When resurfacing a street or conducting major work in the street, which may create an opportunity to reconsider some aspects of the street’s design.

Video series

To help the community gain a better understanding of the Complete Streets Design Guide, here is a series of videos that provide an overview of street types and how they are classified.

Downtown Boulevards
Downtown Streets
Town Center Boulevards
Town Center Streets
Area Connectors
Neighborhood Connectors
Neighborhood Streets
Neighborhood Yield Streets
Industrial Streets
Country Connectors
Country Roads
Controlled Major Highways
Rustic and Exceptional Rustic Roads
Shared Streets