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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

7-10-14 County Planning Board Completes approval process for BRAC-related project to extend Platt Ridge Drive from Jones Bridge Rd to Montrose Drive

Planning Board Action/Decision: Approved Mandatory Referral with Comments and Disposition of Parkland.

(Scroll down to Item 8):  http://www.montgomeryplanningboard.org/agenda/2014/agenda20140710e.html

POSTED: 8:48:00 AM |

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

6-27-14 Fort Detrick Standard: Public Comment Period and July 23 Information Session Regarding Toxic Waste at Forest Glen Annex

The Army invites community members to comment on an Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis report and attend a public information session to learn more about its proposed alternative to prevent public exposure to historical waste disposal areas and contamination on the Forest Glen Annex. These areas are adjacent to Rock Creek Regional Park off Linden Lane just south of I-495 in Silver Spring, Maryland.

EE/CA Public comment period: June 27-Aug. 11

Information Session: July 23, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Coffield Community Recreation Center at 2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, Maryland.

The Army is proposing installation of a fence within the Forest Glen Annex property around the Ball Field Landfill area outside the current Forest Glen Annex’s security fence line. The fence will still allow public access to portions of the Ireland Trail, while prohibiting access to the areas where contamination has been found. This includes the wooded western-most portion of the Army property and the upper-reach portion of a stream that flows through the annex and outside the Forest Glen Annex property line.

The Army proposes a fencing option as the best alternative to address environmental investigation findings of wastes within the installation boundaries, but outside the security fence line, in the former Ball Field Landfill area and adjacent stream. The Army prepared a detailed environmental report that looked at preventing public exposure to on-site waste and contamination that is outside the existing security fence line. The alternatives considered included installation of signs, several different fencing options, landfill removal, or capping.

Community members are encouraged to review the project document in the public record and submit comments. The document is available at the Silver Spring Library at 8901 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Maryland, and online at: http://www.nab.usace.army.mil.

A 45-day public comment period for the Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis report will run from June 27-August 11. Please send written comments to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, P.O. Box 1715, ATTN: CENAB-EN-HM (Russell Marsh) or by email to Russell.e.marsh@usace.army.mil. Comments to be considered must be received no later than August 11.

The public is encouraged to attend the information session on July 23 to learn more about its proposed alternative to prevent public exposure to historical waste disposal areas and contamination on the Forest Glen Annex. Written comments will be accepted during the session. For additional information, please contact the Fort Detrick Public Affairs Office at (301) 619-2018.

POSTED: 11:05:00 AM |

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

6-24-14 Bethesda Now: Website For Info, Feedback On Cedar Lane Closure, Summer 2014

The State Highway Administration has established a website to provide updates and a feedback form about its project that will have Cedar Lane closed at Rockville Pike until August.

The website includes photos, schedules, a full environmental analysis and an all important page to submit comments and complaints.

SHA says the closure of about 1,000 feet of Cedar Lane is necessary primarily because it must rebuild a culvert that allows a small stream to flow under the road. The project will bring two new lanes — a left-turn only and thru lane — to help ease traffic back-ups heading to Naval Support Activity Bethesda and NIH each morning.

The road was closed at midnight on June 6. SHA hopes to finish before or by Friday, Aug. 22, before the MCPS school year begins on Monday, Aug. 25.

POSTED: 3:36:00 PM |

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

6-3-14 Montgomery County Govt: Ride On Route 34 Detour around part of Cedar Lane -- Friday, June 6 through approx. Aug 22

The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is starting construction on improvements to the Cedar Lane and Maryland Route 355 (Rockville Pike) intersection that will require the detour of Ride On Bus Route 34 beginning June 6 through August 22.

To avoid the construction, the bus route will bypass Cedar Lane between Parkhill and Beach drives, skipping six bus stops (three in each direction) in that stretch of the road. These stops will be temporarily discontinued. A map of detour route is available online.

Route 34 between the Wheaton Metro and Medical Center Metro stations will take the following detour route: Cedar Lane, Beach Drive, Connecticut Avenue, and Jones Bridge Road. The bus will only stop at Route 34 bus stops along this detour route.

Passengers boarding the Route 34 bus at the intersection of Parkwood Drive and Cedar Lane and headed in the direction of the Medical Center Metro Station are advised to board at the westbound bus stop #20868 on Parkwood Drive. If heading towards Wheaton, board the eastbound bus on Parkwood Drive at bus stop #20840.

For more information, visit Ride On’s website or call 311 from within Montgomery County or 240-777-0311 from outside the County.

POSTED: 5:49:00 PM |

Monday, August 12, 2013

Forest Glen Annex's temporarily closure of gate due to sequestration affects Ride On Route 4

On July 15, the Forest Glen Annex closed its Linden Gate entrance to vehicles and pedestrians as a result of sequester staffing reductions. Vehicles and pedestrians must now use the Brookville Gate for all entries and exits.

With this change, the Ride On Route 4 bus will no longer be allowed to enter the Annex. Instead, riders on this route must use the bus stop at the intersection of Linden and Warren streets, and then walk to the Brookville Gate entrance. An option for northbound riders is to use the Ride On Route 2 bus, which will continue to enter the Annex.

More information and maps are available on Fort Detrick’s website or contact the Fort Detrick Public Affairs Office at 301-619-2018.

POSTED: 10:44:00 AM |

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