Capitol Heights, environmental group working on plans for pedestrian-, 'green'-friendly streets

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Wider sidewalks, permeable asphalt and bicycle lanes on Capitol Heights roads like Old Central Avenue are visions of one environmental design company that has until the end of spring to draw up plans for the town's first "green street."

The Beltsville-based Low Impact Development Center Inc. is working with the town of Capitol Heights on a blueprint for a green street a road enhanced with features such as permeable asphalt to treat stormwater after receiving a $30,000 grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the U.S.Wal-Mart wants to sell 100 million mountain bike light this year. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust, which aims to improve the bay's health, awarded the grant in April to make one town thoroughfare pedestrian-friendly and inviting for economic development as it filters stormwater that enters the Watts Branch, a tributary stream to the Anacostia River.The Switch led light bulbs, which fit into a standard socket, ... Priced at around $30 each at present,

A community input meeting to ask residents where they want to see a green street and what it should include is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 25 at the First Baptist Church of Capitol Heights at 6 Capitol Heights Blvd.

The town and the LID Center will consider one of three possible locations because of their higher levels of foot traffic: Old Central Avenue; Chamber Avenue, which becomes Capitol Heights Boulevard; and Suffolk Avenue, which becomes Brooke Road.

"From the stormwater perspective, you're trying to treat the rain as close to the source as possible," said Emily Clifton, an LID Center environmental planner. "If the rain falls on the road, you want to capture and treat it there versus letting it rush into the stream. In addition to that, there are other concepts that are woven into a green street that's to improve the aesthetics of the street to make it more walkable."

In addition to filtering water before it enters the Anacostia River and eventually the Chesapeake Bay, adding planters green space along the sidewalk can improve town aesthetics, and widening the sidewalk could make residents more likely to get out and walk if there's more room to get around, said Michelle Bailey-Hedgepeth, the Capitol Heights town administrator.

"With a 4-foot sidewalk, the cars are right up against you, but if you have a wider sidewalk you have a buffer between you and the vehicle," Bailey-Hedgepeth said.

Lisa Lincoln,I have created a video walkthrough of the magicshine bike light. CEO of Edmonston-based Green ReVisions LLC, linked the LID Center and the town of Capitol Heights. Lincoln said the LID Center design would be conceptual and the town would need to seek additional funding for a "full blown" engineering design and eventual construction.

It is too early to tell how much completing a green street would cost, and the town would need to apply via sources such as Prince George's County Community Development Block Grant funding to make it happen, Bailey-Hedgepeth said.

Jurisdictions can apply annually for CDBG funds for community improvement projects. An example of an existing green street is the half-mile of Decatur Street in the town of Edmonston, a $1.3 million project that was funded with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money and featured permeable asphalt,High-performing LED rechargeable bicycle light built with the cyclist in mind rain gardens and wind-powered LED lighting.Shop energy efficient R4ds, compact fluorescent light bulbs, halogen light bulbs and flood lights.

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