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Media ID: 14-071

Contact: Valerie Burnette Edgar, SHA 410-545-0303 or Esther Bowring, Montgomery County240-777-6507

Transportation Secretary Smith and County Executive Leggett Will Join State and Local Elected Officials to Break Ground on MD 97 / Randolph Road Interchange Project

Project to ‘Unlock the Gridlock’ Will Benefit Drivers, Transit Users, Cyclists and Pedestrians

Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at 10:00 a.m.

12251 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring


(Location of the former Kensington Volunteer Fire Department)


Groundbreaking ceremony for the $74.8 million project to replace the MD 97 (Georgia Avenue) and Randolph Road signalized intersection with a new interchange in Montgomery County. The groundbreaking will mark the start of a major traffic safety and gridlock relief project in the Washington Region.


The construction of a new interchange to replace the existing intersection will reduce congestion and improve traffic safety by separating through traffic by lowering Randolph Road nearly 25 feet under Georgia Avenue. The project also includes extending the Glenmont Greenway Trail an additional 900 feet, which will enhance access to the Glenmont Metro Station and help to increase transit ridership.


Transportation Secretary James T. Smith, Jr.

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett

Senator Richard S. Madaleno, Jr.

Senator Jennie M. Forehand

Delegate Sam Arora

Montgomery County Council Vice President George Leventhal

Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Floreen

Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Navarro

Montgomery County Councilmember Phil Andrews

State Highway Administrator Melinda B. Peters 


To access the event: Take eastbound Randolph Road and go through the Georgia Avenue intersection. Take an immediate right into the former Kensington Volunteer Fire Department. Park in the parking lot. The event will be held in front of the fire station.


This is a groundbreaking ceremony complete with dirt and shovels.

ADDITIONAL VISUALS INCLUDE: Live traffic backdrop at the existing MD 97 / Randolph Road intersection, maps, boards and graphics.

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