Ongoing Projects Extend Lane Closures in Montgomery County
MDOT issued warnings this week
Traffic on the Capital Beltway
The Maryland Department of Transportation issued a list of major lane closures on Saturday that could lead to delays for Montgomery County commuters.
An ongoing bridge cleaning project on the Capital Beltway between MacArthur Boulevard and the American Legion Bridge in Bethesda will occasionally close single lanes between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. for most of the week, said Charlie Gischlar, a spokesman for MDOT and the Maryland State Highway Administration.
The underside of the bridge is being repainted to maintain the structural integrity of the steel beams. Work is expected to continue until late September or early October and lane closures could occur sporadically during off-peak hours. Those closures will generally come later at night, Gischlar said, but could still affect travelers in the area.
“It’s the Capital Beltway,” he added. “It doesn’t matter what time of day it is — you’re still going to get a back-up.”
A significant resurfacing project in Chevy Chase will also close lanes. Connecticut Avenue between the East West Highway and Manor Road will have single-lane closures Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. during most of the week.
The project is expected to continue into the late fall and lane closures will occur regularly during that time, Gischlar said. The planned road improvements are extensive, including asphalt replacement, sidewalk reconstruction, and curb and gutter repairs.
Finally, commuters in Silver Spring can expect closures for two separate projects. The first, an ongoing water line replacement by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, will cause single and double lane closures between the Capital Beltway and Georgia Avenue.
Most of the shutdowns are scheduled between 9:30 to 3:30 on weekdays and most nights between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m., but single lane closures will also take place during peak hours on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., according to WSSC spokesman Luis Maya.
More resurfacing is planned for Colesville Road between Georgia Avenue and St. Andrews Way near the Sligo Creek Parkway. Work started recently and is anticipated to continue through the spring of 2020. Single and double lane closures are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. during off-peak hours, Gischlar said.