Road work set on Maryland commuter routes

Map shows some of the Maryland road projects likely to affect commuters this year.

Most of the Maryland State Highway Administration projects that will affect travelers in the D.C. suburbs this construction season are repavings, but there are a few interchange, intersection and bridge projects that are likely to be even more noticeable. Here are some that commuters are most likely to notice.

Interchanges
Intercounty Connector. Extension of the tolled highway to Route 1 should be done this summer. The connector highway will have a partial interchange at Virginia Manor Road and a new intersection at Route 1 near the Muirkirk MARC station.

I-95 at Van Dusen Road. This is the interchange under construction just north of the ICC. Van Dusen Road, which now passes over I-95 is being rebuilt as “Contee Road Relocated.” (Contee Road — the classic version — is to the east of I-95 and doesn’t intersect with the interstate.)

Georgia Avenue at Randolph Road. This junction of two important commuter routes in Montgomery County is a long-standing mess. The state is wrapping up the preliminaries, like utility relocation, and is starting construction of a traffic-separating interchange this spring. The job is scheduled to be done by fall 2017.

Branch Avenue at Capital Beltway. Reconstruction of the interchange, scheduled to begin this spring and continue till summer 2017, will improve traffic access to the Branch Avenue Metro station.

Intersections
Route 355 at Cedar Lane. This intersection improvement project, adding turn lanes and through lanes, starts this spring and continues to summer 2016. The Cedar Lane intersection is on the northwest corner of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and the project is one of several meant to ease traffic stemming from the federal base consolidations. The work is likely to have a moderate to high impact on traffic.

Old Georgetown Road and West Cedar Lane. This is another project to improve traffic flow at an intersection near Walter Reed. It will create a new northbound right-turn lane onto Cedar Lane and reconfigure westbound Cedar Lane so that it has a through/left-turn lane next to a lane for right turns only.

Bridges
New Hampshire Avenue bridge over Sligo Creek. It’s a small bridge, and commuters were unlikely to pay much attention to it before the rehabilitation project started last spring. Since then, they’ve been asking why it takes so long to rehab such a small structure. The biggest single reason is the need to maintain the flow of traffic both ways on busy New Hampshire Avenue while working around the vehicles. The project is now scheduled to be done this fall.

University Boulevard over Capital Beltway. This is a much bigger bridge. Since Friday, half of it has been closed for reconstruction, and traffic narrows to two lanes in each direction. The project got underway last spring, but just simmered along till it intensified last week. Before it’s done in fall 2015, the work zone will shift over to the other half of the bridge.

Roadway improvements
Great Seneca Highway at Kentlands Boulevard. Work gets underway this spring on a project to extend the left-turn lane on the westbound highway and improve the turning radius. It’s scheduled to be done in fall 2015.

Veirs Mill Road at Ferrara Avenue. A project beginning this spring will extend the left-turn lane on the westbound road. It should be complete by this fall.

Repaving
These are just a few of Maryland’s many resurfacing projects for the D.C. region. The work is scheduled for off-peak hours, but still will have an impact on traffic.

Georgia Avenue between Eastern Avenue and 16th Street. This is a little over a mile and a half along a major commuter route through downtown Silver Spring. The work underway this spring should be done in the fall.

Branch Avenue between Woodyard Road and the Beltway. Another job along a major commuter route gets underway this spring and is scheduled to be done in the fall.

I-370 between I-270 and Route 355. Gets underway in early summer and should be done by late fall. The single-lane and double-lane closings at off-peak hours probably will have a moderate impact on traffic.

Martin Luther King Jr. Highway between D.C. line and Hill Road. Starts this spring and continues till summer 2015.

Robert Thomson is The Washington Post’s “Dr. Gridlock.” He answers travelers’ questions, listens to their complaints and shares their pain on the roads, trains and buses in the Washington region.
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