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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

MontgomeryCounty BRAC Information Now Available on Twitter

Montgomery County’s latest effort to provide the most up-to-date information related to BRAC construction projects, community involvement and other news items now extends to Twitter. Follow details @BracMoCoMD. Or, continue to check the latest happenings on the County’s BRAC website
 
BRAC is the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Act that generated the closure of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and its relocation to the campus of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. These two iconic hospitals were consolidated this fall as the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (NMMC), the crown jewel of military medicine serving our nation’s active, wounded, and retired uniformed personnel.
 
The good news is that this move has brought over 2,500 jobs to the facility. The challenge is that visits to the NMMC are expected to increase from 500,000 a year to nearly one million. The result is even more traffic on an already congested Rockville Pike.
 
Montgomery County has been working closely with the State of Maryland to address the impact, including plans to construct projects at key intersections, improved pedestrian and bicycle access, and ensuring safe and efficient pedestrian access at the Medical Center Metro station. Stay informed about all these projects on the website and Twitter.
CATEGORIES: BRAC
POSTED: 7:00:00 AM |

Monday, February 27, 2012

County Receives $90 Million to Address BRAC Traffic Congestion in Bethesda

Montgomery County has received $90 million from the U.S. Department of Defense for transportation projects in Bethesda to address traffic congestion resulting from the Base Realignment & Closure Act (BRAC).   Under BRAC, the Walter Reed Army Medical Center was moved to the National Naval Medical Center site in Bethesda.
 
About $40 million in BRAC funding will be used by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) to construct the Maryland Route 355 crossing, a pedestrian tunnel under the road for bus and carpool commuters and walkers. The project will install deep elevators on the east side of Rockville Pike to the Metro Station platform. The State of Maryland will use $49 million to construct improvements at four major intersections: Rockville Pike at Cedar Lane and at Jones Bridge Road; Connecticut Avenue at Jones Bridge Road; and West Cedar Lane at Old Georgetown Road.
 
These projects will be constructed in addition to new or renovated bike paths and sidewalks already completed by MCDOT at the medical complex. For more information on these and other projects to improve traffic and pedestrian access, visit the County’s BRAC website.
CATEGORIES: BRAC
POSTED: 6:00:00 AM |

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Funding Awarded for BRAC-Related MD 355 Crossing Project

The County has received $90 million from the U.S. Department of Defense for transportation projects in Bethesda.  The funds will be used to address traffic congestion resulting from the move of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center to the National Naval Medical Center under the Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC).

Forty million dollars will be used by the County to construct a Maryland Route 355 crossing, which involves installing deep elevators on the east side of Rockville Pike to the Metro Station platform and a pedestrian tunnel for bus and carpool commuters and walkers.

Forty-nine million dollars will be used by the State of Maryland to construct improvements at four major intersections: Rockville Pike at Cedar Lane and at Jones Bridge Road; Connecticut Avenue at Jones Bridge Road; and West Cedar Lane at Old Georgetown Road.

These projects are in addition to new or renovated bike paths and sidewalks the Montgomery County Department of Transportation has already constructed at the medical complex.  Together they will improve transit and vehicle mobility and promote pedestrian safety.  For more information, visit the County’s BRAC website

CATEGORIES: BRAC
POSTED: 6:00:00 AM |

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

$90 Million in Federal Funds will Help Relieve Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Issues in Bethesda Related to BRAC

Montgomery County received $90 million for transportation projects from the Office of Economic Adjustment, an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense. The funds will be used to address traffic congestion in Bethesda resulting from the move of Walter Reed to the National Naval Medical Center as a result of the Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC).

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett made the announcement, saying, “These funds will enable us to construct and complete six separate projects that will reduce gridlock, improve vehicular mobility, and promote pedestrian safety in Bethesda around the newly-designated Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and NIH.

“Last April, thanks largely to the tireless efforts of Congressman Chris Van Hollen and Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin, Congress established a fund for certain BRAC-related transportation programs. This announcement is the culmination of their hard work.” 

These projects are in addition to new and renovated bike paths and sidewalks the County’s Department of Transportation has already constructed around the Medical Center. The newly-funded projects include:

$40 million for the Montgomery County Department of Transportation to construct the Maryland Route 355 Crossing Project. This supplements $28 million already provided by the Department of Defense for deep elevators on the east side of Rockville Pike to the Medical Center Metro Station platform and a pedestrian tunnel that will accommodate bus and carpool commuters and pedestrians. This project will enhance transit use, provide safe and convenient access for pedestrians and alleviate gridlock around the Navy’s main gate.

$48.9 million for the State Highway Administration to construct improvements at four major intersections: Rockville Pike at Cedar Lane; Connecticut Avenue at Jones Bridge Road; West Cedar Lane at Old Georgetown Road; and Rockville Pike at Jones Bridge Road. The new funds will supplement approximately $30 million already budgeted by the Maryland Department of Transportation and $9.4 million already appropriated by the United States Congress for the projects. These projects will improve vehicular and pedestrian operations at the busy intersections and help ease gridlock in the area around the Medical Center.

CATEGORIES: BRAC
POSTED: 6:00:00 AM |

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Revamped BRAC Website Provides Traffic Updates and Commuter Information

Montgomery County has redesigned its Base Realignment and Closure BRAC website to provide helpful transportation, traffic and other information to residents and employees traveling to or through Bethesda . The closure of Walter Reed Army Medical Center means that more than 2,500 new jobs are being relocated to the campus of the National Naval Medical Center and visits are expected to double to nearly one million a year.

BRAC was enacted by Congress in 2005. Montgomery County has worked closely with the State of Maryland since the relocation was announced -- and with a very engaged Bethesda community -- to devise plans to address the oncoming impact. These plans include projects at key intersections, improved pedestrian and bicycle access and ensuring safe and efficient pedestrian access at the Medical Center Metro station.

CATEGORIES: BRAC
POSTED: 11:00:00 AM |

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Cedar Lane Bridge Project Completed Ahead of Schedule

The Cedar Lane Bridge in Bethesda that carries traffic over Rock Creek reopened to traffic on August 5, three weeks ahead of schedule. The bridge was closed to traffic on June 16 to allow MCDOT to refurbish concrete beams and piers that were in poor condition.

The construction is related to transportation improvements in progress to address the increased traffic expected as a result of the Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC) changes at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda . For more information on BRAC, visit the County’s BRAC website.

When the bridge reopened, Ride On bus route 34, which was detoured during the bridge’s closure, returned to its normal routing. For Ride On schedule and route information, visit the Ride On’s website.

CATEGORIES: BRAC , Projects
POSTED: 9:00:00 AM |

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Leggett Thanks Federal Delegation for New Funding to Address BRAC-Related Traffic in Bethesda

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (left) thanked the County’s Federal delegation for their success in obtaining a $300 million appropriation for projects to relieve traffic congestion caused by BRAC (Defense Base Closure and Realignment) in Bethesda and other communities with BRAC-impacted military hospitals. Joining Leggett were (from left to right) Senator Barbara Mikulski, Neil J. Pedersen, administrator of the Maryland State Highway Administration and Senator Ben Cardin.  Congressman Chris Van Hollen, who was also instrumental in securing the critically needed funds, was not able to attend the event.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett hailed the appropriation of $300 million by the United States Congress for projects to relieve traffic congestion in Bethesda and other communities with BRAC (Defense Base Closure and Realignment)-impacted military hospitals.
 
“We owe a great debt to our Congressional delegation for their very hard work and leadership in securing these urgently needed BRAC funds,” said Leggett. “Congressman Chris Van Hollen and Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin took the lead and worked hand-in-hand to move this funding through both houses of Congress. I also want to commend Bethesda’s good friends, Congressman Bill Young of Florida, the late Congressman John Murtha of Pennsylvania, and Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, whose selfless devotion to our men and women in uniform is well known, particularly at Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval hospitals. It may take awhile, but the projects that will go forward with this additional funding will truly make a difference in alleviating traffic gridlock in Bethesda – ensuring that patients, doctors and families visiting our wounded warriors can receive the service they deserve.”
 
Under BRAC, the Walter Reed Army Medical Center will close its Northwest Washington campus on September 15 and consolidate in Bethesda, with the National Naval Medical Center becoming the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Personnel working at the Bethesda campus will increase from 8,000 to 10,500 – almost a 33 percent increase – and visits to the hospital campus will double from 500,000 to one million per year. All BRAC-related construction on the Navy campus has been fully funded, but until now the federal government had not properly funded the cost of adapting Bethesda’s roads, transit network or pedestrian facilities to accommodate this dramatic growth.
 
The County and State of Maryland have collaborated on a number of improvements that have been completed or are underway. The new funding will be used for essential upgrades to major intersections, improvements to vehicle and pedestrian mobility and enhanced access to the Medical Center Metro station.   
 
In the meantime, anyone traveling through Bethesda may want to consider alternatives to driving alone, including transit, carpools, vanpools, biking or walking rather. For more information on transportation alternatives, go to http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/commute.  The County’s BRAC web site will carry construction updates at http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/BRAC.  
CATEGORIES: BRAC
POSTED: 8:00:00 AM |

Thursday, April 28, 2011

BRAC-Related Construction Update: Cedar Lane Bridge

The following construction is related to the Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC) associated with the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. It may impact traffic in the vicinity of the Center.
 
Rehabilitation of the bridge on Cedar Lane over Rock Creek is ongoing. In mid-April, traffic patterns switched to allow work along the southbound side of Cedar Lane. Drivers are urged to exercise caution and watch for signs to help navigate through the work zone.
 
For more information, call 240-777-7223 or visit the Division of Transportation Engineering’s website. For more information about BRAC in Montgomery County, visit the County’s BRAC website.
CATEGORIES: BRAC
POSTED: 1:00:00 AM |

Friday, February 26, 2010

No Truth to the Rumor about “Secret Plan” to Widen the Beltway

Call it what you will -- urban legend, rumor, a wild story -- there is no plan, secret or otherwise, to widen the Beltway and construct an off-ramp to the Bethesda Naval Hospital.  In reality, the County has no authority over the Beltway, which is under the jurisdiction of the State Highway Administration (SHA), and has rejected the concept.  
 
In 2008, at the request of the surrounding community, SHA analyzed the issue and published a technical paper explaining why a Beltway off-ramp at that location was not feasible. A year later, a local company produced an unsolicited concept for a Beltway off-ramp that it thought addressed the issues SHA expressed in its paper.  SHA reviewed the new concept and produced another technical paper in September 2009 that concluded an off-ramp still wasn't feasible.  Both SHA papers are available on the County's BRAC website.
CATEGORIES: BRAC
POSTED: 2:00:00 AM |

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Other BRAC-Related Funding Recommended for Naval Medical Infrastructure

Funding has been recommended for the U.S. Department of Transportation that includes an additional $4.4 million designated for improvements along MD Route 355/Rockville Pike at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.  Three million dollars and $1.97 million were already appropriated for FY2009 and FY2008, respectively, and supplement $29.2 million in funding from the State of Maryland for the intersections improvement project.
 
The funding would pay for intersection improvements at:
  • Cedar Lane and Rockville Pike
  • Jones Bridge Road and Rockville Pike
  • Jones Bridge Road and Connecticut Avenue
  • Cedar Lane and Old Georgetown Road, which includes the Trolley Trail extension to the National Institutes for Health
 For more information about projects related to the expansion of the Medical Center as a result of the federal Base Realignment and Closure policies (BRAC), visit the County’s BRAC website.
 
CATEGORIES: BRAC
POSTED: 10:37:00 AM |

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

BRAC-Related Transportation Funding Approved

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year 2010 Defense Appropriations Bill which includes $300 million for BRAC-related transportation mitigation efforts at the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD and facilities in Virginia. Congressman Chris Van Hollen and Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin fought for funds to prepare Maryland communities and military bases for the 2005 BRAC process. The BRAC Commission’s recommendations are expected to bring 45,000 to 60,000 new jobs to Maryland by 2020 as well as new sources of state revenue.
CATEGORIES: BRAC
POSTED: 10:37:00 AM |

Thursday, August 27, 2009

CountyExecutive Urges Federal Action to Improve Metro Access at New Naval MedicalCenter

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett called on the Department of Defense and the United States Congress to act quickly to construct a pedestrian access project at the Medical Center Metro station. Leggett supports a new entrance to the Metro station with access from the east side of Rockville Pike. 
 
Leggett issued the urgent call because the Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC) will significantly expand the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. He noted that 3,000 pedestrians cross Rockville Pike every day to get to the Navy Medical campus. These pedestrians are already at risk as they compete with vehicles traveling north and south and entering and exiting the campuses. When the new Navy Medical Center is completed in September 2011, an additional 2,500 daily employees and 400,000 more visitors throughout the year will add more vehicles and pedestrians to the already congested area. 
 
For more information on the Executive’s position or how BRAC affects Montgomery County, go to the County’s website.
CATEGORIES: BRAC
POSTED: 10:08:00 AM |
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