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 Esther Bowring, Community Relations Manager   240.777.6513
 Office of the Director

 Portion of Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda to close during construction of new project ***(UPDATED - start date)


On or about September 7 at approximately 9:00 pm, Woodmont Avenue between Bethesda and Miller avenues in Bethesda will close for 20 months during construction of a public-private partnership project.  When completed, the project will more than triple the number of public parking spaces available on the former surface parking lots located at the intersection of Woodmont and Bethesda avenues (the lot across from the Barnes and Noble bookstore).

The adjacent Capital Crescent Trail will remain open during the entire construction project.

To assist parkers, MCDOT has enhanced other parking options in the area during construction.  At the Bethesda-Elm Parking Garage (Garage 57), which has more than 900 parking spaces and is located between Bethesda Avenue and Elm Street, staff has converted 103 long-term spaces to four-hour spaces.  In addition, a new messaging system at the garage’s entrance shows drivers how many parking spaces are available.

Drivers who need to park for longer periods of time are encouraged to use other garages in Bethesda.  Long-term parking spaces are available at the Woodmont Corner Garage (Garage 11) at Woodmont and Old Georgetown Road and the Auburn-Del Ray Garage (Garage 36), as well as at privately operated parking facilities.

Long-term parkers can also use the free Bethesda Circulator shuttle bus.  The hours of operation of the Circulator have been expanded and the frequency of service has been increased.

The construction project is scheduled for completion in fall 2013.  Additional information on the construction project is available at the Bethesda Urban Partnership's website.  For more information on parking in Montgomery County’s public lots and garages, visit the Division of Parking Management's website.