Thursday, October 4, 2012
One advocate says the closure jams streets and endangers those on bike and on foot.
As developments break ground and Bethesda adjusts to shovels and cranes, one advocate says the closure of Woodmont Avenue is endangering pedestrians and cyclists. A portion of Woodmont Avenue near busy Bethesda Row was closed in September for 20 months to allow for the construction of a major public parking garage and two mixed-use residential developments. Traffic heading south on Woodmont must now either turn right or left onto Bethesda Avenue rather than connecting to Wisconsin Avenue. Ben Ross, of the Action Committee for Transit, wrote in a post on the blog Greater Greater Washington that the closure has "put pedestrians and cyclists at risk, while needlessly jamming up car traffic." Sidewalk closures are a detriment to pedestrians …
Monday, September 10, 2012
The long-awaited road closure is now in effect on Bethesda Row.
A stretch of Woodmont Avenue between Bethesda Avenue and Miller Avenue has closed to traffic. The road will be closed for 20 months to allow for the construction of a public parking garage and two residential developments at the intersection. Following delays, the road closed Friday at 9 p.m. Officials are closely monitoring traffic patterns, especially during the morning rush. Since a portion of Woodmont carries traffic one way from north to south, officials predicted morning rush commuters may be most impacted by the closure. On Monday morning, traffic appeared to be routing smoothly around the detour, turning right or left on Bethesda Avenue.
Friday, September 7, 2012
Bethesda drivers only have a few more hours to drive on Woodmont through to Wisconsin Avenue.
Enjoy it while you can, Bethesda drivers. There's only a few hours left to drive the entire stretch of Woodmont Avenue south to Wisconsin. A portion of the busy thoroughfare, between Bethesda Avenue and Miller Avenue, will close beginning at 9 p.m. Friday for 20 months to allow for the construction of a public parking garage and two residential developments. The closure was originally slated for Tuesday, but was pushed back. If you were hoping for another delay, no such luck. The closure is officially scheduled for this evening, according to Ken Hartman, director of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center. The closure is sure to affect traffic on busy Bethesda Row, but the real test will come Monday during morning rush hour. …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Commuters will have to maneuver around a stretch of Woodmont Avenue that will close for 20 months.
The closure of a stretch of Woodmont Avenue south of Bethesda Avenue has been pushed back. The road will be closed between Bethesda Avenue and Miller Avenue starting Friday, Sept. 7, at 9 p.m., according to Ken Hartman, director of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center. Initial estimates called for the closure to begin Tuesday. The 20-month closure will allow for the construction of a major public parking garage—with 940 public parking spaces—and two residential developments. The project has already prompted the shutdown of two popular surface parking lots at the intersection. The shutdown of a stretch of a major thoroughfare near busy Bethesda Row is sure to impact traffic, but morning rush commuters may be impacted the most, …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center releases info as the county prepares to close a stretch of Woodmont Avenue Sept. 4.
It’s been a long time coming, but it’s finally happening—a stretch of Woodmont Avenue is set to close Sept. 4 for 20 months to allow for construction of a major public parking garage and two residential developments. The shutdown of a stretch of a major thoroughfare near busy Bethesda Row is sure to impact traffic, but morning rush commuters may be impacted the most, officials have said. Ahead of the closure, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center has released more info about new traffic patterns when Woodmont closes between Bethesda and Miller Avenues: Only local traffic will be permitted on Leland Street between Wisconsin Avenue and Miller Avenue. Drivers will be able to turn from Bradley Boulevard onto Leland Street. However…