Area Road Construction Updates
State Highway Administration officials provided updates on a number of area road projects at Tuesday's meeting of the Walter Reed BRAC Integration Committee. Montgomery and Prince George's County construction manager Kevin Nowak detailed the progress of a few projects meant to mitigate Wisconsin Avenue traffic, and a separate project closer to the Washington D.C. line: Wisconsin Avenue near Cedar Lane: The utility installation and resurfacing project just north of the Wisconsin Avenue and Cedar Lane intersection is scheduled to be completed in late spring of 2013. The SHA dug a 20- to 25-foot deep hole to place a new Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission sewer line under Wisconsin Avenue. That work caused much of the most noisy work, Nowak said, and is "90 to 95 percent done." Other advanced utility work on that section included gas line installation and Verizon cable line work. Nowak said crews will pave temporary patches on spots that are now covered by steel plates before winter, in part to protect snow plows from the uneven surface. The project was supposed to be completed this fall, but crews will have to hold off on final paving work until the spring, Nowak said. Connecticut Avenue southbound near the Beltway: The project, which calls for the creation of a dedicated right-hand turn lane extending from the Beltway exit to Jones Bridge Road, will allow Walter Reed National Military Medical Center commuters to more quickly access the south side of the campus. It should also be done by next spring, Nowak said. Crews will leave the existing sidewalk curb in for safety purposes as they create the new lane on what is now the sidewalk. They hope to take the curb out for paving by the end of the year. Wisconsin Avenue "Green Mile": The 1.2-mile stretch of road stretching to the Washington DC border was supposed to have been repaved, upgraded to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards and given a more effective traffic signal at the Bradley Boulevard intersection by the end of summer. Nowak said because of a late WSSC request for installation of a new 800-foot section of pipe, paving on that project won't be completed until spring of next year. Rockville Pike from Cedar Croft Lane to Strathmore Avenue: One project moving swiftly is the resurfacing of a 3.3-mile stretch of Rockville Pike from just north of Cedar Lane across the Beltway and I-270 interchange into North Bethesda. Nowak said the paving on the project should be done by the end of the year.