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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

8-4-14 Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) Opens Eastern Leg of Cedar Lane in Bethesda

(August 4, 2014) – Last night, the State Highway Administration (SHA) opened the eastern leg of Cedar Lane from Elmhirst Parkway to MD 355 (Rockville Pike) in Bethesda, Montgomery County. The closure began in early June as part of the $13.8 million BRAC intersection improvement project.
 
During the closure, crews performed culvert construction, repaved all traffic lanes and applied new pavement markings within the work zone.  While the road is now open to vehicular traffic, the 1000-foot section of Cedar Lane near MD 355 is still an active work zone. Continuing construction activity may require sidewalk closures on this section of Cedar Lane through late 2014. Sidewalk users may be directed to safe crossings within the work zone via orange construction signs, cones, barrels, and fencing.
 
While SHA and its transportation partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving to help prevent crashes. Stay alert and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers.  Slow down and don’t follow too closely.  Drivers, passengers as well as workers are at risk. Safer driving. Safer work zones. For everyone.
POSTED: 1:16:00 PM |

Friday, August 01, 2014

8-1-14 Washington Post (Associated Press): Forest Glen Annex / Ireland Trail -- Army extends comment period in Md. trail dispute

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Army Corps of Engineers is giving people more time to comment on a disputed plan to fence off part of a popular Silver Spring running trail near an old Army landfill.

Officials said Friday they will accept comments through Sept. 11 regarding the Ireland Trail near the Forest Glen Annex. The previous deadline was Aug. 11.

Engineers want to install nearly 2,500 feet of chain-link fence around an area officials believe is contaminated with toxins and medical waste from the landfill. More than 30 chemicals have been found in the soil, groundwater and a stream.

The plan would close off about 30 percent of the trail. Some area residents say warning signs are enough.

The annex is operated by Fort Detrick in Frederick. It includes a medical research facility.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

POSTED: 10:49:00 AM |

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