Controlled Blast Scheduled for FRIDAY, SEPT. 22

Weather permitting, a single controlled blast is planned for FRIDAY, SEPT. 22 between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM, for the MD 355/Rockville Pike Crossing Project near NSAB/Walter Reed, NIH and the Medical Center Metro Station in Bethesda.

A warning siren will sound approximately five minutes before the blast. It is anticipated that minimal blast vibrations or noise from the warning siren may be detected by people within the immediate vicinity of the blast site.

Unlike previous blasts for the Crossing Project, vehicular traffic on Rockville Pike won’t be halted, and pedestrians and cyclists will be able to proceed along the west side of Rockville Pike near the entrance to NIH and the Metro station. However, until the blast has concluded pedestrians and cyclists won’t be able to proceed along the east side of Rockville Pike between Wilson Drive and Jones Bridge Road near the entrance to NSAB/Walter Reed.

This work is part of the ongoing construction of the Crossing Project at the Medical Center Metro Station, which will establish a shallow pedestrian underpass between NIH and Naval Support Activity Bethesda/Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and deep elevators on the Navy side of MD 355 to the Metrorail mezzanine. Construction of the Crossing Project is anticipated through 2021.

Please note that the area of Rockville Pike near the Medical Center Metro Station, NIH and NSAB/Walter Reed is a construction zone. Please pay attention to all signs, and drive, walk or bike carefully through the area. Please do not walk or cycle in the road, and use designated sidewalks and paths to maneuver around the work zone.