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 Bethesda Avenue-Woodmont Avenue project (parking lot #31) update: blasting concludes; concrete pouring soon to begin


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. Text in italics is new information since the last MCDOT News update.

* 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. That will change starting next week. The Contractor will complete this session of blasting by Wednesday, February 27, (assuming no significant weather delay).  Next week the first of three tower cranes will start to be erected on the site.  Concrete pouring will begin in March for specific locations.  Foundations, footings and a permanent drainage system will also begin installation in March.

Individuals near the site may 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 made changes to the signal timing at Bethesda/Woodmont to improve traffic on Bethesda Avenue.  Additional pedestrian crossing signs have been installed within the Bethesda/Woodmont intersection.  As the concrete operation begins the project will be utilizing the Bethesda Avenue construction entrance in addition to the Woodmont Avenue entrance. The Contractor will utilize flag personnel as necessary to manage the project’s truck traffic.

* Capital Crescent Trail restoration: The overhead protection of the trail is in place and the restoration of the trail immediately adjacent to Lot 31 has been completed.

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