Wednesday, August 31, 2011
County Executive Ike Leggett celebrated the completion of a 1.2-mile extension of Father Hurley Boulevard from Wisteria Drive to Germantown Road/Maryland 118. This is an important north-south link for Germantown communities separated from the Town Center and I-270 employment corridor by the CSX railroad tracks . from the Town Center and the I-270 employment corridor.
The $11 million extension is a four-lane divided highway that includes a bridge over the railroad tracks. Two retaining walls minimize impacts on adjacent properties. These walls feature a simulated stone pattern that was chosen to mimic what the B&O Railroad built in the early 1900s when the entire Metropolitan Branch was upgraded. At that time engineers used large, rectangular blocks of stone laid horizontally for strength. Many of these structures are still in service on tracks that go though Germantown .
The project also includes a bikeway; street lighting; storm water management features, such as a porous concrete sidewalk; landscaping and reforestation. For more information about this and other construction projects, visit the Division of Transportation Engineering’s website.