Maryland launching Bethesda paving project

Drivers on River Road in Bethesda will notice the beginnings of a two-mile paving project between the Capital Beltway and Goldsboro Road.

The work, which is scheduled to be done in spring 2015, includes rebuilding the sidewalk ramps, curbs, gutters and guardrails, but one element that may be particularly noticeable is the reconstruction of the traffic signal at River Road and Wilson Lane. When complete, the new signal system will have brighter lights, which should improve their visibility. This is a busy inside-the-Beltway intersection. In fact, it’s more of an interchange with signal lights. A turn from River Road onto Wilson Lane leads many drivers into downtown Bethesda.

Another feature of the project will be new pedestrian signals at the River Road intersection with Whittier Boulevard and Winston Drive, which may benefit some students at nearby Walt Whitman High School.

About 18,000 vehicles use this part of River Road daily, according the the Maryland State Highway Administration, which is in charge of the project. Eastbound lane closings may occur from 5 to 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, as well as from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. throughout the week. On the westbound side, drivers may encounter lane closings from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. weekdays, as well as from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. any night.


See more about Maryland’s 2014 projects.

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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