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 Esther Bowring, Community Relations Manager   240.777.6513
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 Bethesda Avenue-Woodmont Avenue project (parking lot #31) update: blasting to resume January 29 ***(UPDATED: schedule)


The work at the site formally housing the Division of Parking Management's parking lot at the corner of Bethesda Avenue-Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda continues. This lot was designated Lot 31 by MCDOT. The new develpment, when finally completed, will feature some 940 underground, public parking spaces. Here's an update on the project.

* On the construction site: The Lot 31 excavation has reached a level of dense, hard rock that requires blasting. Clark Construction began blasting December 5, 2012 and will be blasting daily for approximately the next two to three months [see paragraph below]. The blasts will occur between the hours of 9 am and 3 pm, with the majority between 10-2. Most days there will be two blasts. All blasts are independently monitored. The commercial and residential properties immediately adjacent to the Lot 31 project have been informed of the blasting and blast protocol.

The contractor reports that the majority of the work continues to be site excavation, sheeting/shoring and support of excavation. The project has completed about 80% of the excavation. The contractor is now anticipating blasting to resume next week, on or about Tuesday, January 29, 2013.  UPDATE FROM CONTRACTOR: Due to the inclement weather Monday, the blasting will not occur on Tuesday. At this time (1/29/13) blasting will resume on Wednesday, January 30.  Please note however, that Wednesday is also predicted to rain so it may get pushed depending on weather.

Individuals near the site may also hear or feel the blast or hear the horn notifications of the blasting subcontractor. The horn is predominantly a notification for the construction workers on site, however the horn is loud enough for individuals immediately adjacent to the site to hear. The horn will sound approximately 15 minutes and 5 minutes prior to the blast. In addition, immediately after the blast the horn will sound again.

* Woodmont Avenue Closure: Automobile traffic is reminded that Woodmont Avenue remains closed from Miller to Bethesda. Only automobiles with business on Miller or who live off Miller Avenue should enter Woodmont Avenue northbound at Wisconsin. MC DOT Traffic and the Lot 31 development team continue to monitor pedestrian and automobile traffic around the Woodmont Avenue closure.  MCDOT has recently made changes to the signal timing at Bethesda/Woodmont which should improve traffic on Bethesda Avenue.

* Capital Crescent Trail restoration: The seeding and mulching along the trail is complete. The overhead protection of the trail has been completed as well as the restoration of the portion of trail immediately adjacent to Lot 31.

For more information on parking options in Bethesda, visit the Division of Parking Management's website.