Updated at 5 p.m. – A new road that will connect two major thoroughfares in the White Flint area is partially paved and could be completed by spring 2016.
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) this week finished paving phase one of its Chapman Avenue Extended project and crews are now doing grading and drainage work on phase two.
The $3.2 million, two-lane road will run north and south and connect Randolph Road with Old Georgetown Road through an area of light industrial and residential buildings east of Rockville Pike. The entire project cost $21 million, which includes money for buying land that will one day be home to a new county fire station.
While planning for the road started more than 10 years ago, it’s one of the new streets meant to beef up the road grid in White Flint to get traffic off of Rockville Pike as new development comes in.
Chapman Avenue project in North Bethesda, via Montgomery County
The road will have two sharp turns, which MCDOT has said is necessary to avoid encroaching on privately-owned land. The county purchased some land to make way for construction.
The road was designed to have six to eight feet of grass and tree buffer between the street and five-foot-wide sidewalks. The speed limit will be 30 miles per hour.
The northern terminus of the road at Randolph Road will have a traffic signal. Drivers will be able to cross Randolph Road to head into the Montrose Crossing Shopping Center.
Last year, MCDOT officials projected the road would see an average of 450 vehicles per day. MCDOT spokesperson Esther Bowring said Wednesday that new projections for the road show it will see 10,000 vehicles a day.