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Status of traffic signaling on Rockville Pike (MD355) at Cedar Lane/West Cedar Lane

Dear Residents,

As you know, there have been many concerns about changes in the traffic signaling on Rockville Pike (MD 355) at Cedar Lane/West Cedar Lane. This is a very complex intersection with many lanes and many varied movements. Any signaling changes must be considered with great care because changing one traffic movement will affect many other traffic movements.

Here is a message from Anyesha Mookherjee of the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), which she has asked me to share with you, regarding these changes. Please note that before the changes she discusses can be implemented, the changes must undergo further testing prior to being integrated into the signaling system. The testing may cover a period of weeks and, if successful, would require traffic at the intersection to be halted for a short period of time during off-peak hours in order to install appropriate signaling technology. SHA intends to issue a formal announcement once the signaling changes have advanced successfully through these processes.

“This is in further response to your constituent’s traffic and safety concerns at the subject intersection in Montgomery County. The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) District Three traffic office appreciates the opportunity to be of assistance to you.

We are pleased to inform you that flashing red left-turn operation was recently approved along southbound MD 355 except during the evening peak period and along northbound MD 355 except when the movement is currently restricted at the subject intersection. With this flashing red left-turn signal, southbound and northbound left-turn vehicles are allowed to turn left after a complete stop when the red left-turn arrows are flashing. This should address the issue that you brought to our attention, namely having to wait a full cycle for the green arrow in case one misses it. As this flashing red left-turn operation was only recently approved by our Office of Traffic and Safety, a schedule for its implementation is not yet available at this time.

Sincerely,

Anyesha Mookherjee
Maryland DOT – SHA
Assistant District Engineer–Traffic”

Phil Alperson
Military Installations / BRAC Coordinator
Office of the Montgomery County Executive
c/o MCDOT Div. of Transportation Engineering
100 Edison Park Drive, 4th Floor S.E.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Dual NORTHBOUND lane closures on Rockville Pike in Bethesda at NIH/Walter Reed

The Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation will close two northbound lanes of Rockville Pike (MD 355) between Woodmont Avenue and Center Drive, near the Medical Center Metro Station, NIH, and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Naval Support Activity Bethesda.

Weather permitting, these two northbound lanes will be closed starting at 10:00 PM on Friday, May 19 through 5:00 AM on Monday, May 22.

These lane closures are part of the ongoing construction of the Crossing Project at the Medical Center Metro Station, which will establish a shallow pedestrian underpass between NIH and Walter Reed, and deep elevators on the Navy side of MD 355 to the Metrorail mezzanine. Construction of the Crossing Project is anticipated through mid-2021.

Phil Alperson
Military Installations / BRAC Coordinator
Office of the Montgomery County Executive
c/o MCDOT Div. of Transportation Engineering
100 Edison Park Drive, 4th Floor S.E.
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

Driveway Apron Ordinance

The Town Council is in the process of reviewing the Town’s current Driveway and Driveway Apron Policy.  A draft Ordinance has been published and can be reviewed using the following link:  Draft Driveway Apron Ordinance 72 (updated 5/13/2017)

Information on the current policy can be found at the Charter, Municipal Code, & Policies page of the Town website.

Dual Lane Closures on Rockville Pike

The Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation (MCDOT) plans four weekends of dual lane closures on Rockville Pike between Woodmont Avenue and Wilson Drive (NIH) in Bethesda during late April and early May.  The lane closures will occur beginning Friday at 10 p.m. through 5 a.m. Monday, weather, and progress of work permitting.

The dual lane closures are planned to occur Friday night, May 12 through early Monday, May 15.

These lane closures are required during construction of the Multimodal Crossing Project at the Medical Center Metro Station and Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB). The Crossing Project will include a pedestrian underpass beneath Rockville Pike and deep elevators to the Metrorail mezzanine on the east side of Rockville Pike.

Construction of the Crossing Project will occur through mid-2021, so MCDOT has developed a long-term Maintenance of Traffic Plan to keep travelers safe while accommodating the needs of the construction contractors. Closure plans for Rockville Pike, between Woodmont Avenue and Wilson Drive, could include any of the following:

  • Daytime, off-peak single lane closures 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through  Friday.
  • Overnight dual lane closures from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Weekend dual lane closures from 10 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday.

Full closure of Rockville Pike near the Medical Center Metro Station will occur for five to 10 minutes when blasting is required to construct a new elevator shaft.  Blasting will occur at off-peak hours that will be arranged in coordination with the County Fire Marshall.

MCDOT will announce in advance the actual dates and times of future lane closures.

The Crossing Project was conceived following the federal BRAC law enacted in 2005 and implemented in 2011, which mandated an increase of personnel at NSAB, home of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, by nearly 45 percent and doubled the number of annual campus visits to approximately one million.  Daily pedestrian crossings of Rockville Pike at NSAB/Walter Reed have increased from 3,000 prior to 2011 to 7,000 after 2011.  The Crossing Project, which is fully funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, will enhance safety for users of Metrorail, commuter buses, carpools and neighborhood pedestrians, and provide safe access to and from the NSAB campus.

Additional information about the Crossing Project is available at http://md355crossing.com/

Phil Alperson

Military Installations / BRAC Coordinator

Office of the Montgomery County Executive

Report Street Light Outages

Street lights are an important safety feature within the Town.  If you notice that a street light is not working properly,  please report the outage immediately and directly to Pepco’s outage center online address at http://www.pepco.com/pages/connectwithus/outages/streetlightoutage.aspx

Providing specific information about the location, address and pole number of the light will help field personnel make repairs expeditiously.  Additionally, if you discover a downed streetlight pole, exposed electrical wires or any other hazardous situation, please call Pepco immediately at 1-877-737-2662 with information that includes the closest address, intersection or another landmark.  Thank you for helping to keep the neighborhood safe by ensuring that our street lights work correctly.

A Wider Circle Pick Up

A Wider Circle (AWC), a wonderful organization whose goal is to end homelessness, collects and redistributes usable furniture as well as many other household items.  AWC would like to team up with the Town of Chevy Chase View to collect donations on a regular basis.

AWC needs anything suitable for a family moving from homelessness into a first apartment, including furniture, lamps, linens, toys, dishes and pots/pans.  A more detailed list is available at http://awidercircle.org/get-involved

Stay tuned for the next collection date.

MVA On Wheels Schedule

According to the MVA, their mobile office will be in Friendship Heights, between 10am and 2pm, on the following days:

  • May 22, 2017
  • June 19, 2017

MVA On Wheels is in its eighteenth year of service to Friendship Heights and continues to be a very popular and useful amenity. The bus parks on Friendship Boulevard adjacent to the Village Center.

The services offered will be:

  • Renew a non-commercial drivers license
  • Renew a Maryland photo identification card
  • Obtain a duplicate drivers license
  • Obtain a certified copy of a driving record
  • Obtain disability placards
  • Renew a vehicle registration
  • Obtain substitute stickers
  • Obtain duplicate registrations
  • Return tags
  • Change your name and/or address
  • Register to vote
  • Register as an organ donor