Wednesday, November 30, 2011
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.
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