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Photo Flashback: Georgia Avenue On My Mind

Here's a photo from July 18, 1951, that I found in The Post's "Highways: Construction" file:

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The caption:
Here's a pictorial progress report from the Maryland State Roads Commission on the conversion of Georgia Avenue, from Silver Spring to Glenmont, in Montgomery County, into a wide, divided highway that should serve the traffic needs of the area for years to come. As the photo shows, pavement has been laid on the right-hand half of the highway while traffic uses the old road. When this portion is ready for use the pattern will be reversed and vehicles will use the new pavement while the other half of the road is rebuilt. The Wilmoth Paving Company were low bidders on all three of the contracts into which the project was divided. The first section, from Colesville Road to Seminary Avenue, part of which is shown in the photo, is about 40 per cent completed. Work on the second section, from Seminary Avenue to Viers Mill Road, was started May 15. Notification to start work on the third section, from Viers Mill Road to Glenmont, was given the contractor recently. The three contracts total approximately five miles.

Georgia Avenue is a lot busier today. I drive on it nearly every day. This stretch is lined with office buildings, though there are a few houses on the east side, perhaps even these very houses. And note how they spelled "Viers Mill Road."

By John Kelly  |  November 23, 2009; 7:15 AM ET
 
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Georgia is still primarily residential from Spring St. up to the Seminary business district. That photo looks like it might include the intersection of Ballrd and Georgia -- I think the white house on the right is still there. The Methodist Church is now across Georgia on the left, but I bet the current building post-dates the photo.

Posted by: Epigon | November 23, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

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