Monday, October 31, 2011
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett celebrated the completion of a 1,500-foot extension of Watkins Mill Road from Frederick Road/MD355 to I-270. In the future, the State will construct an interchange onto I-270, with Watkins Mill bridging over I-270 and becoming a vital east-west transportation link, as designated in the Gaithersburg Vicinity Master Plan. The road will also provide a future link to the Corridor Cities Transitway.
For now, the new segment provides access to a new townhouse development under construction and will allow development of the Monument Office Park . Kaiser Permanente will build a new road to access their Gaithersburg facility, which is under construction, from Watkins Mill Road . The $7.7 million project was built thanks to a partnership between Montgomery County ’s Department of Transportation (MCDOT), the City of Gaithersburg and BP Realty Investments.
The extension is a four-lane divided roadway that includes a new sidewalk and bikeway. To further improve safety, the traffic signals at 355 and Watkins Mill Road were upgraded. A wildlife management plan, in partnership with the Humane Society of the U.S. , moved vulnerable animals away from the path of the roadway.
For more information about MCDOT’s transportation construction projects, visit the Division of Transportation Engineering’s website.
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