CONTROLLED BLAST SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY DEC 8th, POSTPONED FROM DEC. 7th

 
Weather and work conditions permitting, the Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation (MCDOT) will conduct a SINGLE CONTROLLED BLAST beneath Rockville Pike (MD 355) near the Medical Center Metro Station, NIH, and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Naval Support Activity Bethesda, on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, between 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. MCDOT has POSTPONED a blast previously announced for Thursday, December 7.

A warning siren will sound approximately five minutes before the Friday blast. Another siren will sound one minute before the blast. It is anticipated that minimal blast vibrations or noise from the warning sirens may be detected by people within the immediate vicinity of the blast site. There are no plans to halt vehicular or pedestrian traffic during the blast.

 
ABOUT THE CROSSING PROJECT:

This work is part of the ongoing construction of the Crossing Project at the Medical Center Metro Station, near the Medical Center Metro Station, NIH, and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Naval Support Activity Bethesda. When it is completed by the end of 2021, the Crossing Project will provide a safe and more efficient environment for people and vehicles to get through this heavily trafficked area.

The Crossing Project has two main components: 1) A shallow pedestrian underpass connecting Naval Support Activity Bethesda/Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the east side of Rockville Pike to NIH and the bus/commuter transit center on the west side; and 2) Deep elevators on the Navy side of Rockville Pike to the Metrorail mezzanine.

You can see pictures of the construction and of signs for safe pedestrian/cycling detours at: http://md355crossing.com/project-resources/

 
A SAFETY REMINDER:

As construction of the Crossing Project at the Medical Center Metro Station moves forward, the Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation {MCDOT} urges people to exercise caution as they walk, bike or travel near the construction zone. Please pay attention to all signs that have been posted for your safety.

PLEASE WALK OR BIKE ONLY ON DESIGNATED CROSSWALKS, SIDEWALKS AND PATHS. DO NOT WALK OR BIKE IN THE ROAD OR IN A CONSTRUCTION ZONE.

In the meantime, MCDOT appreciates the patience of everyone who lives, works or travels through the area. We want this project to be completed as quickly and as safely as you do.