Georgetown Branch Trail Scheduled to Close Tuesday

Purple Line construction will start around length of trail; swap track to use Jones Bridge Road

Walkers wander along a Georgetown Branch Trail on Aug. 30. The track is scheduled to tighten Sept. 5 for Purple Line construction to take place. Credit: Andrew Metcalf

UPDATED – 11:15 a.m. – Bikers and walkers will have one final weekend to use a Georgetown Branch Trail before it closes for Purple Line construction subsequent week.

A new notice on a Purple Line website says a approximately 3.5-mile unpaved track that stretches from downtown Bethesda to Silver Spring will tighten on Tuesday. It will sojourn sealed for 4 to 5 years between Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda and Talbot Avenue in Silver Spring.

The track is shutting so crews can start clearing trees and start building a light-rail line. The track will run along a northern limit of Chevy Chase, by a Columbia Country Club and nearby residential communities in Lyttonsville and western Silver Spring.

The notice says tree clearing won’t start until “necessary approvals” are released and that work might start 7 days a week.

Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation established an swap route for a track that takes bikers and walkers by easterly Bethesda, along Jones Bridge Road and by Lyttonsville before reaching Silver Spring.

The notice about a track closure shows this as a swap track for a trail. Signs have already been posted along a track to assistance beam users.

County travel officials formerly pronounced they were negotiating with a Town of Chevy Chase to try to put a halt track by a town, that has fewer busy streets, though a swap track will be a one presented during a village assembly in Bethesda in March.

The swap track track and track work zone. around Purplelinemd.com

County travel officials pronounced Wednesday morning they attempted to negotiate use of a town’s streets for a trail, though have not been means to strech an agreement.

“The county has always elite a track that goes by a Town of Chevy Chase,” Esther Bowring, a travel dialect spokeswoman, said. “We feel it’s safer and a improved track to send people through. We need a accede of a Town of Chevy Chase to officially do that. We’ve been operative for a year to try to get an agreement to post a swap track by a Town of Chevy Chase and we have not been successful to get to that indicate of agreement, notwithstanding a best efforts to residence all of a concerns they have lifted with us.”

Mary Flynn, a mayor of a Town of Chevy Chase, pronounced Wednesday that a county never done a good-faith bid to negotiate with city officials to put a halt track by a town.

In particular, a city was endangered about bikers or walkers being harmed on a track and a city being probable in a lawsuit, Flynn said. She remarkable a city has a possess word process and pays to say a streets with a taxation money. The city requested that a county reason a city submissive if there’s an occurrence on a track and cover it with a county’s word policy.

She pronounced a county never responded to this request.

“Frankly, they have not answered that question,” Flynn said. The city was also endangered about intensity reserve and trade issues between vehicles and cyclists on a town’s streets as good as who will say a swap route.

She pronounced a city attempted to reason a assembly with county travel officials and cycling advocates in May, though when a city sent a county questions it had in advance, a county cancelled a meeting.

Flynn pronounced she walked a Jones Bridge track and a one due by a town, and described both as “really dangerous.”

She also pronounced shutting a track with only 5 days of notice “doesn’t feel respectful.”

Tim Cupples, a county travel planner, pronounced a assembly in May was cancelled after a county perceived a extensive list of concerns and questions from a city about a swap track that a dialect wasn’t prepared to answer. He pronounced a assembly was rescheduled for Sep and county officials were anticipating to residence a town’s concerns then. 

“I still reason out wish that we can get to an agreement,” Cupples said. “I consider we can residence their concerns.”

Bowring combined that bikers and walkers can still use a town’s streets but a official route and a county’s idea was to yield signage to assistance former track users navigate by a town.

The county has also budgeted $57.3 million in supports to compensate for a new 12-foot far-reaching paved track to be built subsequent to a light-rail line between Bethesda and Silver Spring.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and countless other inaugurated officials and village advocates pennyless belligerent on a plan Monday. As partial of a ceremony, Hogan and U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao sealed an agreement that will give a plan $900 million in sovereign appropriation to assistance compensate for a estimated $2 billion construction cost.

Soon after, Hogan immediately kicked off construction by ripping down a building during a site where a new Purple Line authority core will be built in a New Carrollton area.

In further to work on a trail, Purple Line Transit Partners, a group of construction companies building a 16.2-mile light-rail line, has pronounced it will start work immediately on demolishing structures in a right-of-way, relocating utilities and building entrance roads to accommodate construction vehicles.

The work starts as a three-year-old lawsuit is being weighed in a U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. The justice is deliberation either to overturn sovereign District Court Judge Richard Leon’s statute that a new environmental research be conducted to establish a impact that Metro’s reserve issues and ridership decrease will have on a Purple Line.

Officials including state Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn trust a state is on clever authorised drift to overcome in court. Construction is authorised to ensue since a Appeals Court reinstated a project’s sovereign approval in July.

Questions sent by a Town of Chevy Chase to county travel officials per a swap route, supposing by Flynn:

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