Workers prepare the Bethesda Court Hotel for demolition. Credit: JOE ZIMMERMANN

Pedestrians and drivers will have to navigate around sidewalk and lane closures in coming weeks around the site of the future Marriott International headquarters in downtown Bethesda.

Underground utility work – scheduled to begin May 30 and last for about two months – will cause the periodic, temporary closures along Woodmont Avenue, Norfolk Avenue and southbound Wisconsin Avenue, the developers announced Wednesday. Signage will be posted around the work site during the sidewalk and lane closures.

Demolition on the site could begin by June 18 and last about eight weeks, according to the development team. While crews are tearing down existing buildings, the sidewalks and lanes along Wisconsin, Woodmont and Norfolk avenues will close temporarily for pedestrian safety.

Construction on the $600 million corporate campus is slated to start in July and take about three years to finish.

“Additional disruptions as we finish the interior of the building may continue for an additional year after construction is completed,” the project team wrote in an email to the community.

The project will give rise to a 300-foot-tall office tower for Marriott’s roughly 3,500 headquarters employees and a 238-room flagship hotel.

More information about the development proposal is posted online at

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