New section of Montrose Parkway set to open
This should begin to untangle a big bottleneck in North Bethesda: Eastbound Montrose Parkway between East Jefferson Street and Randolph Road is scheduled to open over the weekend. Drivers coming from the west -- from I-270, for example -- will travel east along the parkway and pass under Rockville Pike to reach Randolph Road
Meanwhile, drivers heading north on Rockville Pike will find a new ramp leading to Randolph Road.
This is part of the Maryland State Highway Administration's reconstruction of the Rockville Pike/Montrose Road/Randolph Road junction, and it's also part of Montgomery County's Montrose Parkway West project. Ultimately, the Montrose Parkway will link I-270, Rockville Pike and Veirs Mill Road.
In the current round of this controversial program, the big traffic change is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Friday, and the work will continue till about noon Saturday. (This would be a great time to avoid that heavily-used intersection.) If the weather is bad, and the switch is delayed past Saturday or Sunday night, then it will be rescheduled for Dec. 4, skipping over Thanksgiving weekend.
This is a breakdown of the upcoming traffic changes:
-- Drivers from the west who are heading along Montrose Road for Randolph Road will be directed off to the right near Tilden Lane onto Montrose Parkway.
-- The Montgomery County Department of Transportation will open the last segment of Montrose Parkway West between East Jefferson and Old Georgetown Road. So eastbound traffic on the parkway will have direct access to the new underpass beneath Rockville Pike and will emerge onto Randolph Road on the other side of the pike.
-- Local traffic heading east on Montrose Road will be able to turn right or left onto East Jefferson Street and Rockville Pike, but will not be allowed to cross the pike to Randolph Road. Drivers on eastbound Montrose Road who want to reach Randolph Road will need to turn right on Old Georgetown Road, then make an immediate left onto the new eastbound Montrose Parkway.
-- Traffic going north on Rockville Pike will need to use a new ramp to turn right onto Randolph Road.
November 17, 2009; 6:43 AM ET
Categories: Construction , Driving | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Maryland State Highway Administration, Montgomery Department of Transportation, Montrose Parkway, Rockville Pike
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