County Gears Up for Anticipated Spate of Construction Closures in Downtown Bethesda

Marriott domicile and other vast growth projects designed along Wisconsin Avenue

Sidewalk and line closures progressing this year nearby a Apex building on Wisconsin Avenue

Sidewalk and line closures progressing this year nearby a Apex building on Wisconsin Avenue

BETHANY RODGERS

In entrance years, a outing down Wisconsin Avenue could double as a debate of Bethesda’s largest construction projects.

Work has begun on a prize bureau building and residential high-rise during 7272 Wisconsin Ave., a site of a Apex building. Several blocks away, nearby a intersection with Cheltenham Drive, developers are looking to mangle belligerent in 2018 on a Marriott International domicile and flagship hotel. With those and other projects slated for a corridor, officials are introspective a best proceed of trade with construction closures along one of a county’s busiest thoroughfares and elsewhere in a bustling downtown area.

County Council President Roger Berliner, whose district includes Bethesda, pronounced he’s been checking to make certain county agencies are communicating with any other about a approaching call of development.

Residents in that area wish to “make certain a county supervision is coordinating all these redevelopment projects and travel closures and path closures so that it has a slightest mortal impact on a community,” he pronounced Monday.

Over a past few weeks, member from county permitting, mapping and travel departments and from a Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center have begun deliberating a concurrent plan, pronounced Diane Schwartz Jones, a needing services director.

“We wish to rise a pure proceed to construction activities in a area,” she said.

It’s too shortly to get into specifics, though she pronounced a organisation is articulate about handling construction impacts and gripping a open in a loop during a process.

She pronounced a county is also articulate to a Maryland State Highway Administration, that handles line and path closures on state roadways such as Wisconsin Avenue.

In further to a Apex site plan and work on a Marriott offices, there are redevelopment skeleton for a former Fitness First site during 7900 Wisconsin Ave. and a military hire nearby a Montgomery Avenue intersection. Demolition during a hire could start in 2018, according to a plan proposal.

Another association is gearing adult to contention judgment skeleton for a 500,000-square-foot residential or bureau building during a Bethesda Metro Center Plaza, that faces Wisconsin Avenue.

Already, some projects have led to path and line closures along Wisconsin Avenue, a highway with an normal daily trade volume of 39,000 cars nearby a D.C. line and 65,000 nearby a Beltway.

Downtown proprietor Richard Hoye pronounced nonetheless a construction activity will means proxy inconveniences for drivers, travelers should compensate courtesy to a large picture.

“With a growth projects, when they’re finished, we’re going to have a most some-more enlivened streetscape and destinations that are going to attract some-more pedestrians,” he said.

While a Montgomery County Planning Board is in assign of reviewing growth proposals, Board Chair Casey Anderson pronounced a plan scheduling is mostly outward of a purview. Some redevelopment efforts are behind for years, while others hiss out entirely, he said.

“We’re not in a position to be means to foresee with any pointing what a timing of mixed projects will be,” he said.

County officials in assign of needing construction are improved matched to dwindle intensity overlaps and difficulties, Anderson added.

Schwartz Jones pronounced her bureau looks during trade government skeleton for several projects, though doesn’t pointer off on them. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation deals with path and line closures on county roads, while SHA manages state highways.

An SHA orator pronounced state permits typically concede construction during off-peak hours, or from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.

Maryland travel officials cruise requests for night and weekend construction closures on a case-by-case basis, orator Charlie Gischlar wrote in an email.

He combined that derrick operations need double line closures, typically for a longer time period, so SHA allows this activity during weekends, when trade is lighter. The state permits path closures for walking reserve nearby work sites, he added.

“Lengthy path closures will need a path road to concede pedestrians to safely strech their destinations,” Gischlar wrote.

Staff author Andrew Metcalf contributed to this report.

Bethany Rodgers can be reached during bethany.rodgers@bethesdamagazine.com.

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