The Bethesda South Metro Entrance and the Second District Police Station were both recommended for funding delays in County Executive Isiah Leggett's proposed amendments to the six-year capital spending plan, released Tuesday.
The proposed plan “recognizes the vital need to control future debt and focuses on funding critical safety-related capital needs or projects that will boost the County’s recovering economy and spur job growth,” according to a county statement released to the media.
New projects proposed in the $4.37 billion CIP include elementary school security systems, bridge repair projects, storm drain culvert replacements and the replacement of the remaining Champion buses in the Ride On bus fleet, which were taken out of service following fire safety concerns.
Leggett has also recommended $7.6 million to fund concept planning of a proposed rapid transit system along Route 355, U.S. Route 29 and Randolph Road, which he called a “critical next step in developing the County’s future generation transit operations.”
In addition, Leggett recommended allocating $462,000 for technology upgrades at county libraries and new phone systems at the Bethesda, Davis, Potomac, Long Branch, and Wheaton libraries.
Several projects were flagged for delay, including a six-month delay for the new south entrance to the Bethesda Metro Station.
The new entrance is planned to be built in conjunction with the Bethesda station on the Purple Line, a state project that’s facing funding hurdles. Earmarking capital improvement funds for the new Bethesda Metro station entrance and the Capital Crescent Trail without secured funding for the Purple Line last year placed the Council at odds with Leggett.
“Due to the current lack of state construction funding for these projects, this reduction is not likely to cause a delay in the project,” read the county release announcing the CIP amendments.
The new second district police station also was recommended for delay, along with the Colesville Depot, North Potomac Community Center, the Good Hope Neighborhood Recreation Center, and Platt Ridge and Metropolitan Branch Trail projects.
After a developer backed out of a deal to build a replacement for the aging second district police station as a part of a mixed-use residential project in downtown Bethesda, including issuing a new RFP.