New Bridge Opening on Rockville Pike
Commuters have been watching this construction since last summer on heavily-traveled Route 355 in Montgomery County. Over the next two weekends, the Maryland State Highway Administration is scheduled to shift traffic from the nearly year-old detour route onto the bridge, which will take vehicles over Randolph Road/Montrose Road.
The switch over will affect southbound traffic first, starting this Friday night into Saturday. Northbound traffic will begin using the new bridge the following weekend, Sept. 18-19. During these times, consider using Interstate 270 as a route around traffic delays.
During the week of the traffic shift, motorists who travel along East Jefferson Street will be detoured to Executive Boulevard and back to the northbound pike.
This starts the final phase of the Rockville Pike/Montrose Parkway /Randolph Road project, the State Highway Administration says. The $47.2 million interchange project will move Randolph Road slightly south to align with the new Montrose Parkway and with the interchange under construction on the pike at Montrose Parkway.
The rebuilt portion of Rockville Pike will have six lanes and the relocated Montrose /Randolph Road will have two lanes in each direction. The interchange project is scheduled to be done by late-fall 2010,
Details on Traffic Switch
Watch for the variable message boards directing drivers through the work zone. The southbound switch will require crews to work between 8 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday, removing barrier walls, grinding asphalt and removing and installing pavement markers, The pattern will repeat for the northbound traffic on the following weekend.
September 9, 2009; 1:40 PM ET
Categories: Commuting , Construction , Driving | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Maryland State Highway Administration, Rockville Pike
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