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Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 01/ 4/2010

New traffic pattern on Rockville Pike

By Washington Post editors

A shift in traffic patterns along Rockville PIke and Randolph Road is slated to take place Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 10 a.m. state highway officials said, today.

The change in traffic patterns orginally was slated to take place in December, but was delayed due to the massive snowstorm that blanketed the area Dec. 19.

The shift is a bit complicated so stay with us as we try to explain.

Now, motorists traveling west on Randolph Road beyond Rockville Pike must use Montrose Parkway, which connects to Randolph near Maple and Chapman avenues.
Westbound traffic will have direct access from Randolph Road to the new underpass beneath Rockville Pike.

Drivers hoping to get to I-270 or and other points west will simply stay on westbound Montrose Parkway. This is because the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has opened the last segment of Montrose Parkway between East Jefferson and “old” Old Georgetown Road.

While a new ramp is being constructed, motorists driving west on Randolph Road will not be able to turn left or right onto Rockville Pike. Drivers must follow westbound Montrose Parkway, go under Rockville Pike, make an immediate right onto “old” Old Georgetown Road and then another right onto Montrose Road to get to Rockville Pike. Drivers will then be able to turn left to go north or right to go south.

Motorists driving north on Rockville Pike will no longer be allowed to turn left at Montrose Road. Drivers wishing to access westbound Montrose Road will be required to use the new exit ramp to Montrose Parkway. At the bottom of the ramp, drivers will take a left at the new signal onto westbound Montrose Parkway, make an immediate right onto “old” Old Georgetown Road and then turn left onto Montrose Road.

Motorists driving west on Randolph Road will no longer be allowed to cross over Rockville Pike to access Montrose Road. To get to Montrose Road from westbound Randolph Road, drivers will take westbound Montrose Parkway, pass under Rockville Pike, make an immediate right onto “old” Old Georgetown Road and then a left onto Montrose Road.

If all that is a bit to confusing, you can look at a map at MCDOT's website.

By Washington Post editors  | January 4, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
Tags:  new traffic pattern at Rockville Pike and Randolph Road  
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