Wednesday, December 30, 2009
The State Highway Administration will soon announce when in January they will significantly shift traffic patterns at the new interchange at Rockville Pike and Randolph Road. Changes follow the shifts recently made to traffic patterns involving Montrose Road to the west of the interchange. The new traffic pattern is part of the $47.2 million MD 355/Montrose Parkway/Randolph Road interchange project in Montgomery County, which should be completed in late fall 2010.
The new traffic patterns will:
1) Motorists traveling west on Randolph Road beyond Rockville Pike must use Montrose Parkway, which connects to Randolph near Maple and Chapman avenues. Westbound traffic will have direct access from Randolph Road to the new underpass beneath Rockville Pike. Drivers wishing to access I-270 or all other points west will simply stay on westbound Montrose Parkway, as the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has now opened the last segment of Montrose Parkway between East Jefferson and “old” Old Georgetown Road.
2) While a new ramp is constructed, motorists driving west on Randolph Road will not be able to turn left or right onto Rockville Pike. Drivers will be required to follow westbound Montrose Parkway, go under Rockville Pike, make an immediate right onto “old” Old Georgetown Road and then another right onto Montrose Road to get to Rockville Pike. Drivers will then be able to turn left to go north or right to go south.
3) Motorists driving north on Rockville Pike will no longer be allowed to turn left at Montrose Road. Drivers wishing to access westbound Montrose Road will be required to use the new exit ramp to Montrose Parkway. At the bottom of the ramp, drivers will take a left at the new signal onto westbound Montrose Parkway, make an immediate right onto “old” Old Georgetown Road and then turn left onto Montrose Road.
4) Motorists driving west on Randolph Road will no longer be allowed to cross over Rockville Pike to access Montrose Road. To access Montrose Road from westbound Randolph Road, drivers will take westbound Montrose Parkway, pass under Rockville Pike, make an immediate right onto “old” Old Georgetown Road and then a left onto Montrose Road.
To view a map, go to MCDOT’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcdot
, click on “New Traffic Pattern at Randolph Road and Rockville Pike” and follow link and directions in news item. For more information about Maryland Route 355 or any State numbered roadway in Montgomery County, call SHA’s District 3 office at 1-800-749-0737.