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Montgomery County Base Realignment
And Closure (BRAC) Projects


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This page gives status updates on BRAC transportation projects in Bethesda.  Details on "Response" or "Studies and Reports" Pages.  
 

 

SUMMARIES OF MAIN BRAC PROJECTS:

  • PROJECT:  INTERSECTIONS IMPROVEMENTS 
    • AGENCY: MDOT / SHA (Maryland Dept. of Transportation / State Highway Administration).  Coordinating agencies include MCDOT, Navy, NIH, MNCPPC, NCPC
    • COST & BUDGET:
      • "Tier One" projects had initial funding of approximately $39 million, with MDOT providing approx. $30 million and Federal appropriations adding $9.4 million. 
      • $48.9 million funding for "Outer Phases" approved by Congress in FY2011appropriation bill
    • SCOPE OF WORK
    • Rockville Pike (MD 355) @ Cedar Lane
      • Tier One projects  (estimated completion, fall 2015):
      • From westbound Cedar Lane, add southbound left turn lane to Wilson Drive (NIH);
      • From North Wood Dr. (NNMC), add northbound right turn lane onto Cedar Lane; 
      • Add A.M.signal for southbound left turns into N. Wood Drive (WRNMMC);
      • Increase southbound left turn lane storage at N. Wood Drive (WRNMMC);
      • Increase northbound left turn storage at NIH commercial vehicle inspection facility;
      • Replace two culverts beneath MD 355 @ Cedar Lane;
      • Restriping on Cedar Lane (but no additional lanes) to facilitate turns and traffic flow.
      • Outer Phase projects  (estimated completion, 2016):
      • Widen Cedar Lane east and west of Rockville Pike to create dedicated turn lanes and realign culverts  (NOTE: Summer 2014 -- anticipated temporary closure of Cedar Lane just east of Rockville Pike);
      • "Phase 4" -- Create an additional northbound lane north of Cedar Lane by widening along ROW adjacent to, but not infringing upon, the service road parallel to Rockville Pike   (NOTE: this phase will not proceed until federal funds are released);
      • "Phase 5" -- Create an additional southbound lane north of Cedar Lane, to be a dual right turn onto Cedar Lane and through lane along Rockvilel Pike  (NOTE: Conservation easement issues remain and this phase is no longer being considered or planned.  Funding has not been requested or received for this phase.)
         
    • Connectuicut Avenue (MD 185) @ Jones Bridge Road
      • Tier One projects  (estimated completion, summer/fall 2013):
      • Add southbound lane from I-495 with dedicated right turn onto Jones Bridge Road    (Connecticut Avenue will not be widened to add lane; median will be reduced)
      • MCDOT will install interim signal on JBR @ Spring Valley Road; other mitigations to follow.  (see Chevy Chase Valley Traffic Safety Mitigation, below).
      • Outer Phase projects  (estimated completion, fall 2016) :
      • Widen Jones Bridge Road west and east of Connecticut Ave. along the south side of JBR to create an additional left turn lane onto northbound Connecticut Ave. and reduce congestion along JBR east of Connecticut Avenue during the PM peak.
      • Reduce the median on Connecticut Ave. north and south of JBR to create an  additional northbound lane.
         
    • Project:  Chevy Chase Valley Traffic Safety Mitigation:  To mitigate uintended impacts of the Intersections Improvement project at the northwest corner of Connecticut Avenue @ Jones Bridge Road and to improve safety and access to the Chevy Chase Valley community .
      • AGENCY: MCDOT.  Coordinating agencies include SHA and MNCPPC.
      • FUNDING:  Approx. $5 million in County budget
      • SCOPE OF WORK:
        • Install interim traffic signal on Jones Bridge Road @ Spring Valley Road prior to Sept. 2011;
        • Simultaneously, install temporary physical barriers at the three neighborhood portals at Connecticut Avenue to prohibit southbound right turns into the neighborhood;
        • Continue studying the design and construction of extending Montrose Drive through parkland to the signal on Jones Bridge Road at Platt Ridge Drive;
        • After the Spring Valley signal and temporary barriers have been installed, conduct a traffic study to determine their impacts on regional mobility and whether the Montrose Drive extension would be a better overall solution;
        • If deemed necessary, move forward with construction of the Montrose Drive extension, and make permanent the turn barriers on Connecticut Avenue concurrent with whichever of these comes first -- completion of the Montrose Drive extension or completion of the “Tier One project” southbound Connecticut Avenue turn lane onto westbound Jones Bridge Road;
        • On completion of the Montrose Drive extension, remove the signal on Jones Bridge Road  at Spring Valley Road; and
        • Consider the feasibility and neighborhood desirability of constructing an access driveway for  the Chevy Chase Valley homes on Connecticut Avenue that don't have access to  the internal neighborhood roads. 
      • PROJECT DETAILS:
    • Rockville Pike (MD 355) @ Jones Bridge Road
      • Tier One project  (estimarted completion, summer 2013):
      • Variable electronic signaling to create two p.m. southbound left turn lanes onto JBR.
      • Outer Phase projects  (estimated completion, fall 2016):
      • Add a southbound lane adjacent to NIH in order to create a permanent double left turn onto JBR.
      • Convert the southbound through lane into an exclusive left turn in the PM peak, add an exclusive left out of NIH at Center Drive, and change lane usage on eastbound Jones Bridge Road from a shared through/left lane to an exclusive left.
         
    • Old Georgetown Rd (MD 187) @ W. Cedar Lane projects  (estimated  completion, summer 2015):
      • Wideningn along southbound MD 187 south of Cedar Lane to create a new  northbound dedicated right turn lane onto Cedar Lane; change lane usage on  westbound Cedar from a through lane to a shared through/left; construct an exclusive right turn lane.
      • Construct a ten-foot wide shared use bike/pedestrian path along MD 187 from north of Cedar Lane to NIH as part of the historic Bethesda Trolley Trail.  (NOTE:  Funding for this phase not currently available.)
         
    • Sligo Creek/Anacostia Tributary Trail:
      • These park improvements are mitigation for BRAC-related storm water management construction on park lands at Rockville Pike @ Cedar Lane.

 

  • PROJECT:  CROSSING PROJECT AT MEDICAL CENTER METRO STATION, ROCKVILLE PIKE (MD 355)  (estimated completion, December 2016)
    • AGENCY: Montgomery County DOT is lead agency, coordinating with MDOT, SHA, Navy, DOD Defense Access Road (DAR) Program, NIH, DOD, Federal Highway Administration (FHwA), WMATA, M-NCPPC, National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), and Maryland Historic Trust (MHT).
       
    • PREFERRED DESIGN:  MCDOT and associated agencies have agreed on a design that includes two main components -- a pedestrian underpass between the Medical Center Metro station and NNMC, and deep elevators to the Metro platform near the Navy gate at South Wood Drive.  The underpass would serve pedestrians needing access to NNMC, including bus and car/vanpool commuters and neighborhood pedestrians and cyclists who do not use Metrorail.The deep elevators would provide direcft access to NNMC for Metrorail commuters.  The design would also include at-grade Transportation Systems Management and Transportation Demand Management (TSM/TDM) elements to promote pedestrian safety and improve traffic operations.
       
    • COST & BUDGET:  In anticipation of significant federal funding for this project, MCDOT conducted an Environmental Assessment required for federally funded transportation projects.  MCDOT and associated agencies reached consensus on a design that would cost approx. $68 million.
       
    • FUNDING:  The Dept. of Defense requested, and Congress has appropriated, $20 million in FY2011 funds under the Defense Access Road (DAR) Program.  DoD subsequently increased DAR funding to $28.174 million.An additional FY2011 federal appropriation for transportation projects at BRAC-impacted military medical facilities provided an additional $40 million to complete this project.
       
    • SCOPE OF WORK: The project has two main components -- a pedestrian underpass and deep elevators -- along with at-grade pedestrian safety and traffic operations improvements.  Extimated completion 2017.
       
    • STATUS:   MCDOT has received approval of this plan from the Federal Highway Administration.  MCDOT anticipates sufficient federal funding, in addition to the DAR Funds, to construct all components of the project.  A design-build process will be used to expedite construction once a contract has been awarded.
  • PROJECT:  SIDEWALKS AND BIKE PATHS   (projects completed)
    • AGENCY: Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation (MCDOT).  Coordinating agencies include SHA, Navy, NIH, MNCPPC.
    • COST & BUDGET:
      • $750,000 Facilities Study funded by Office of Economic Adjustment (DOD).  Construction estimated at approx. $5 million; fully funded in County budget.
    • SCOPE OF WORK:
      • Sidewalk, east side Rockville Pike from Cedar Lane to Jones Bridge Road;
      • Shared Use Bike/Pedestrian Path, north side Jones Bridge Road from Rockville Pike to Platt Ridge Drive, then south side to Connecticut Avenue;
      • Shared Use Bike/Pedestrian Path, south side West Cedar Lane from Old Georgetown Road to Rockville Pike;
      • Wayfinding signage and lighting, neighborhoods south of NIH
         
  • PROJECT:  CEDAR LANE / ROCK CREEK BRIDGE RECONSTRUCTION WITH NEW SHARED USE PATH  (project completed)
    • AGENCY: Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation (MCDOT).  Coordinating agencies include MNCPPC.
    • SCOPE OF WORK:
      • Reconstruction of Cedar Lane brodge over Rock Creek, with the addition of a 12'8" Shared Use Bike/Pedestrian Path -- PROJECT COMPLETED NOVEMBER 2011.
      • Project Details
         
  • PROJECT:  NAVY ON-CAMPUS PROJECTS / TRANSPORTATION DEMAND MANAGEMENT
    • AGENCY:  U.S. NAVY.  Coordinating agencies include MDOT, SHA, MCDOT, MNCPPC, NCPC.
    • FUNDING:  Fully funded in federal BRAC budget
    • SCOPE OF WORK:
      • Traffic flow Improvements at gates: two on Rockville Pike and three on Jones Bridge Road  (completed);
      • On-campus roadway and intersection improvements (ongoing);
      • Three additional parking garages for staff, patients and visitors. (completed)
      • Transit and car pool incentives for NNMC personnel. (ongoing)
         
  • PROJECT:  COMMUTER BUS ENHANCEMENTS
    • AGENCIES:  Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), MCDOT and WMATA.
    • SCOPE OF WORK:
      • MTA has established three new express bus routes on the ICC, connecting the Medical Center and Shady Grove Metro Stations to BWI and Fort Meade.  More routes are planned when the ICC is completed to Laurel.
      • MCDOT and WMATA are studying reallocation of bus resources to Medical Center  based on increased demand.


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