Friday, February 26, 2010
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.
POSTED AT: 2:00:00 AM