County Holding Public Meeting On Rockville Pike Tunnel


The Montgomery County Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, June 18 about its progress on a shallow pedestrian tunnel at the Medical Center Metro station. The $68 million, federally-funded MD 355 Multimodal Crossing Project is supposed to help Metro riders who now must cross busy Rockville Pike to get to the Medical Center gate on the east side of the road. The county Department of Transportation will build the tunnel, with construction expected to start in 2014 and last two years. MCDOT held an informational meeting with contractors in April and released a formal Request for Expressions of Interest on May 29. In February, Metro gave the go-ahead for a new entrance to the station. Four new escalators and two new elevators will provide access to the tunnel from the street level on the west side of Rockville Pike. The tunnel will be just beneath the street. On the east side of the street, three high-speed elevators will connect the pedestrian tunnel to the station platform 120 feet below ground. MCDOT officials will update residents on their progress and go over some of the things they have presented to the county's Walter Reed BRAC Integration Committee. The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. on June 18 at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center (4805 Edgemoor Lane), immediately after a brief meeting of the Integration Committee. Check out the project page for more information. Image via Montgomery County Department of Transportation

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