by Aaron Kraut — December 12, 2014 at 4:30 pm 288 0

Water main break has Massachusetts Avenue closed north of Westmoreland Circle, via Google MapsA water main break has Massachusetts Avenue blocked in Bethesda, just north of the D.C. line.

The break has closed the road between Westmoreland Circle and Duvall Drive, according to police.

Police say drivers should avoid the area, if possible.

Image (top) via Google Maps

by Aaron Kraut — December 10, 2014 at 3:15 pm 277 0

Massachusetts Avenue closed in both directions between Little Falls Parkway and Baltimore Avenue, via Google MapsDowned power lines have a small section of Massachusetts Avenue closed down in Bethesda, according to police.

The road is closed in both directions on Wednesday afternoon between Little Falls Parkway south a few blocks to Baltimore Road.

There were no reported power outages in the area related to the downed lines, according to Pepco’s outage map.

Image via Google Maps

by Aaron Kraut — December 1, 2014 at 6:40 pm 2,726 0

Wisconsin Avenue/Rockville Pike was closed in June 2013 as President Barack Obama visited Walter Reed. Updated at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday – Traffic on Old Georgetown Road, Rockville Pike and surrounding streets could be affected when President Barack Obama visits NIH and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Tuesday afternoon.

Obama is visiting NIH to congratulate staff for finding a possible vaccination for the Ebola virus that has claimed more than 6,000 lives, mainly in the western Africa nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. He’s also expected to talk about other Ebola-related efforts in a speech.

He’s also set to visit wounded warriors across Rockville Pike at Walter Reed.

The NIH Office of Community Liaison said on Monday that “special events” at the campus on Tuesday “will have a considerable impact on traffic.” The notice said traffic will be affected from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. and Metrobus and Metrorail will also be affected.

According to Obama’s official schedule, he’s set to visit Walter Reed starting at 2:40 p.m., followed by a 4:20 p.m. start time for a tour of NIH’s Vaccine Research Center. Obama is scheduled to deliver his speech at 5:05 p.m., before leaving NIH for the White House at 5:55 p.m.

by Aaron Kraut — November 25, 2014 at 1:20 pm 247 3 Comments

A large water main break has Wilson Lane closed between Bradley Boulevard and Oldchester Road on Tuesday in Bethesda.

The break, to a 20-inch line along Wilson Lane near Radnor Road, was discovered on Tuesday morning.

WSSC crews on the scene had to dig up a section of the roadway to gain access to the main. A member of the crew working on the main said he thinks the road will be reopened by Tuesday evening.

But plan ahead to avoid Wilson Lane west of Bradley Boulevard on your evening commute.

by Aaron Kraut — November 21, 2014 at 9:25 am 334 1 Comment

State Highway Administration (file photo)As part of a broader improvement project for Connecticut Avenue, the State Highway Administration is set to temporarily close one ramp connecting to the Beltway on Monday, Dec. 1.

Weather permitting, crews will close the ramp from the Outer Loop of the Capital Beltway to northbound Connecticut Avenue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 1. Crews are resurfacing the roadway and putting in new traffic signals on the busy northbound and southbound ramps from the Beltway to Connecticut Avenue.

It’s part of an overall $3.7 million safety and resurfacing project for Connecticut Avenue from Dupont Avenue in Kensington to the Beltway in Chevy Chase. Almost 65,000 drivers use the section of Connecticut Avenue each day.

Work began on the project this summer and the SHA says all phases should be complete by fall 2015.


by Aaron Kraut — November 13, 2014 at 9:00 am 466 5 Comments

Pearl Street will reopen next week, weather permitting

The road that was mostly shut down for more than a year is set to reopen as construction comes to a close on a downtown Bethesda office building.

Pearl Street, which connects the one-way couplet of Montgomery Avenue and East-West Highway, was open only to one southbound lane of traffic since March 2013.

Clark Construction got permission to close much of the road and its sidewalks as it built 4500 East West, the 220,000-square-foot Class A office building on the former site of a McDonald’s.

Pearl Street, which connects westbound East-West Highway with eastbound Montgomery Avenue, will be down to just one southbound lane while construction on the 4500 East-West office building continues (file photo)According to Regional Services Center Director Ken Hartman, Clark will reopen both lanes of Pearl Street on Friday, Nov. 21, weather permitting.

Clark Construction superintendent Steven Leary has also told the county that the portion of Pearl Street sidewalk starting at East-West Highway should be completed on Monday. The portion of sidewalk starting at Montgomery Avenue should be completed and reopened on Wednesday.

Pearl Street will get two applications of asphalt and lane-striping before reopening to vehicle traffic a few days later.

by Aaron Kraut — November 10, 2014 at 10:33 am 0

Rosemary Street and Connecticut Avenue, via TrafficLand.com Rosemary Street and Connecticut Avenue, via TrafficLand.com

Drivers on Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase faced some temporary delays Monday morning because of downed wires in the middle of the roadway.

MCFRS crews are on the scene at Connecticut Avenue and Rosemary Street (a block north of Bradley Lane) where the wires were blocking the northbound lanes and meant the traffic signal at the intersection is out.

All lanes are now open.

Most northbound traffic was being diverted onto Rosemary Street toward Brookville Road.

Photos via TrafficLand.com

by Aaron Kraut — November 7, 2014 at 11:37 am 738 15 Comments

Bicyclists and driver talk to a police officer over who's at fault in Woodmont Avenue collision

Updated at 12:00 p.m. A collision between a bicyclist and driver on Woodmont Avenue resulted in no injuries, but a dispute about who was at fault.

The collision happened just after 11:30 a.m. along Woodmont Avenue just south of Old Georgetown Road and the Freshbikes Cycling store at the intersection.

Two bicyclists who witnessed the collision said the driver was backing into a parallel parking spot on the road when she clipped the wheel of the bicyclist involved.

The police officer responding to the incident apparently didn’t see it quite the same way. The bicyclist involved in the collision said the officer told her she was at fault. Part of the driver’s side front bumper of the car was detached as a result of the incident.

by Aaron Kraut — November 7, 2014 at 11:05 am 547 4 Comments

The much talked about stretch of Old Georgetown Road as it heads toward Rockville Pike near the Pike & Rose development

Updated 12:10 p.m. Community and developer efforts for a more pedestrian- and bike-friendly Old Georgetown Road in White Flint appear close to getting some results.

Dee Metz, Montgomery County’s White Flint coordinator, said in a Planning Department update email that the county’s Department of Transportation and the State Highway Administration “have begun discussions of a possible road transfer” that would make the section of Old Georgetown Road between Hoya Street and Rockville Pike a county road.

That county control would conceivably give it “greater flexibility in narrowing that segment of the roadway,” Metz wrote in the Planning Department update.

The Friends of White Flint group, Pike & Rose developer Federal Realty, neighborhood representatives and smart growth advocates have been pushing for a more narrow Old Georgetown Road in that section that would include bicycle lanes.

After Friends of White Flint Executive Director Lindsay Hoffman criticized the county’s ongoing design process for the section of Old Georgetown Road between Hoya Street/Executive Bouelvard and Grand Park Avenue, county officials said the criticism was unfair — in part because the State Highway Administration has final say on any road design.


by Aaron Kraut — November 4, 2014 at 8:40 am 448 1 Comment

WSSC crews are on the scene of a small water main break that could block off part of Bethesda Avenue on Tuesday.

The break in a 12-inch pipe has water trickling out of the roadway in the eastbound lane of Bethesda Avenue near its intersection with Woodmont Avenue.

A WSSC supervisor arrived at the scene around 8:15 a.m. As of 8:30 a.m., the roadway wasn’t closed, but expect that to change as crews dig to find the pipe break.

by Aaron Kraut — October 31, 2014 at 2:00 pm 645 0

Collision at Rockville Pike and Grosvenor Lane, Photo via @lisaluckysevens


Updated at 3:15 p.m. All lanes of Rockville Pike at Grosvenor Lane have been reopened after a car overturned in a Friday afternoon collision.

MCFRS spokesperson Pete Piringer said first responders extricated two victims trapped in the overturned vehicle. The accident happened around 1:45 p.m.

According to a witness, the accident happened when a truck ran a red light and hit a work van that had a piece of glass attached to it.

Photo via @lisaluckysevens

by Aaron Kraut — October 29, 2014 at 11:10 am 220 0

Small fire on roof at Pike & Rose construction site, via Pete Piringer

Firefighters are responding to a fire on the roof of one of the buildings under construction at the Pike & Rose project in North Bethesda/White Flint.

Smoke was visible from the top of the building, near the intersection of Old Georgetown Road and Executive Boulevard at about 11:05 a.m.

Workers told MCFRS personnel on the scene they were working with asphalt on the roof and the fire was put out.

Two lanes of southbound Old Georgetown Road near its intersection with Executive Boulevard have been closed to allow for fire department staging.

Photo via Pete Piringer

by Aaron Kraut — October 22, 2014 at 1:15 pm 470 12 Comments

Closed northbound lane of Hillandale Road in Bethesda

(Updated Friday at 1:20 p.m.) Repairs of the partially collapsed storm drain that led to the closure of a Bethesda road last week will keep one lane of the road closed for up to six months.

According to the Montgomery County Transportation Department’s Division of Highway Services, a storm drain culvert under Hillandale Road roadway was found to be degraded last Thursday. That led to the county closing the northbound lane of Hillandale Road between Little Falls Parkway and Willet Parkway.

On Friday, MCDOT said crews will be replacing the pipe that carries part of the Willett Branch creek under the road.

The closure cuts off access to the Bethesda Swimming Pool (6300 Little Falls Parkway) and Willet Parkway from the south. Detour signage has been set up to direct drivers to northbound Arlington Road, eastbound Bradley Boulevard and then southbound Hillandale Road.

For more information contact MCDOT’s Jeff Knutsen (jeff[dot]knutsen[at]montgomerycountymd[dot]gov) or Josh Faust at 240-777-7642.

by Aaron Kraut — October 17, 2014 at 11:20 am 164 0

Closed northbound lane of Hillandale Road in Bethesda

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation has shut down one lane of Hillandale Road after part of the roadway buckled.

According to the Department’s Division of Highway Services, a storm drain culvert under the roadway was found to be degraded.

That led to an emergency pavement repair on Thursday. On Friday morning, the northbound lane of Hillandale Road starting at Little Falls Parkway was still closed.

A Montgomery County official was on site inspecting the damage.

The closure cuts off access to the Bethesda Swimming Pool (6300 Little Falls Parkway) and Willet Parkway from the south. Detour signage has been set up to direct drivers to northbound Arlington Road, eastbound Bradley Boulevard and then southbound Hillandale Road.

by Aaron Kraut — October 15, 2014 at 6:20 am 242 0

A jack-knifed tractor trailer and fuel spill closed all lanes of the Beltway inner loop before the Old Georgetown Road exit.

The accident happened near the Bradley Boulevard overpass before 5 a.m.

The emergency response include a hazmat team to deal with fuel leaking from the truck.

All lanes of the inner loop remained closed at 6:20 a.m. The tractor trailer was being hauled away shortly before 6:30 a.m.


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