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$90 Million In Federal Funding For Transit, Road & Pedestrian Improvements
Transportation
$90 Million In Federal Funding For Transit, Road & Pedestrian Improvements

 

The following information was sent to us by Phil Alperson:

 

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett announced the approval of nearly $90 million dollars worth of transportation projects to address traffic congestion in Bethesda.  The funds were awarded by the Office of Economic Adjustment, an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense.

 

 The newly-funded projects include constructing a new entrance and improving pedestrian access at the Medical Center Metro Station, and improving traffic operations at major intersections along Rockville Pike, Connecticut Avenue, Cedar Lane, Jones Bridge Road, and Old Georgetown Road.  These projects are in addition to new and renovated bike paths and sidewalks the County’s Department of Transportation has already constructed around the Medical Center.

 

           The funding announced today includes:

 

  • $40 million for the Montgomery County Department of Transportation to construct the Maryland Route 355 Crossing Project.  This supplements $28 million already provided by the Department of Defense and will construct deep elevators on the east side of Rockville Pike to the Medical Center Metro Station platform and a pedestrian tunnel which will accommodate bus and carpool commuters and pedestrians using the Metro Station but who don’t use Metrorail.  This project will enhance transit use, provide safe and convenient access for pedestrians, and alleviate gridlock around the Navy’s main gate.

 

  • $48.9 million for the State Highway Administration  to construct improvements at four major intersections:  Rockville Pike at Cedar Lane; Connecticut Avenue at Jones Bridge Road; West Cedar Lane at Old Georgetown Road; and Rockville Pike at Jones Bridge Road.  Funds announced today will supplement approximately $30 million already budgeted by the Maryland Department of Transportation and $9.4 million already appropriated by the United States Congress for these projects.  These projects will improve vehicular and pedestrian operations at these busy intersections and help ease gridlock in the area around the Medical Center.
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