Controlled Blast Scheduled for MONDAY OCT. 30

Weather permitting, single controlled blast is planned for MONDAY OCT. 30 between 11:30 AM and 12:30 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. 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.

A blast previously scheduled for today, October 27, has been postponed.

This work is part of the ongoing construction of the Crossing Project at the Medical Center Metro Station. 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 NIH and the adjacent bus and commuter transit center on the west side of Rockville Pike to Naval Support Activity Bethesda/Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the east side; and 2) Deep elevators on the Navy side of Rockville Pike to the Metrorail mezzanine.

You can see pictures of the o going construction and of signs for pedestrian/cycling safe 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} wants to remind people to exercise caution as they walk, bike or travel near the construction zone. Please pay attention to all signs which have been posted for your safety.

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

So, please, BE SAFE AND SMART as you make your way through this construction area!

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.