Construction work to improve the transportation infrastructure associated with the BRAC actions at the enlarged Naval Medical Center are expected to cause certain disruptions along a portion of Jones Bridge Road in Bethesda over the next two months.
Since last year the Navy has been working to improve traffic flow in and out of the five gates on Rockville Pike and Jones Bridge Road that serve the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. To date, the Navy has completed work at both gates on Rockville Pike and at two of three gates on Jones Bridge Road. These gate upgrades will help address traffic in the area by working in concert with projects that are under way to improve pedestrian and vehicular movement at the Medical Center Metro Station and at intersections on Rockville Pike, Jones Bridge Road, Cedar Lane, Connecticut Avenue, and Old Georgetown Road.
Construction on the final gate project at the Gunnell Road/Navy Exchamge Gate on Jones Bridge Road near the corner of Rockville Pike has reached a point that will require intermittent single lane closures on westbound Jones Bridge Road and the temporary closure of a portion of the sidewalk on the north side of Jones Bridge Road.
Beginning Thursday, September 6 through Friday, November 9, weather permitting, the northern sidewalk along Jones Bridge Road extending from Rockville Pike to the Grier Road Gate will be closed. Pedestrian detours, with existing accessible ramps, exist at both of these locations. Lane closures on westbound Jones Bridge Road will be intermittent (only as required), and should only occur between 9AM and 3PM. Safety measures will be in place to include signage, cones, tapering of cones and even flagmen as necessary.
For more traffic information and general information about the Base Realignment and Closure act's impact in Montgomery County, visit the County's BRAC website.