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Connector Construction Affects Route 29

Construction of the Intercounty Connector along Route 29 in Montgomery County is becoming more visible today. Drivers, bikers and walkers will see changes because of bridge pier construction and roadway widening.

In this phase, all the lanes north of East Randolph Road/Cherry Hill Road and south of Briggs Chaney Road are being reduced from 12 feet to 11 feet. They also are being shifted slightly toward the median.

The inside shoulder will remain closed behind concrete barriers until grading around the median piers is completed. Once the inside shoulder is re-opened, the outside shoulders will be closed using concrete barriers.

The speed limits won't change: 50 mph south of Fairland Road, 55 mph north of Fairland Road.

Also starting today, the bicycle-pedestrian path will be re-routed. The old path will re-open once construction along Route 29 is done in late 2011.

The biker-walker detour from Route 29 goes to Old Columbia Pike at East Randolph Road/Cherry Hill Road to the south. To the north, it goes over to Briggs Chaney Road. The Maryland State Highway Administration, which is in charge of the project, says the detour is being coordinated with an upcoming traffic shift from the old Old Columbia Pike to the new Old Columbia Pike, which will include a bridge designed to carry traffic over the Intercounty Connector.

Today's changes shouldn't add much to travel times, but let me know if your experience varies.

By Robert Thomson  |  July 7, 2009; 6:36 AM ET
Categories:  Biking , Commuting , Construction , Driving , intercounty connector  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Intercounty Connector  
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