Controlled Blast Scheduled for THURSDAY OCT. 5th (NOT Wednesday, Oct 4th); BLAST SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, OCT. 6th IS LIKELY POSTPONED

Weather permitting, a single controlled blast is planned for THURSDAY, OCT. 5 (RESCHEDULED from Wednesday, Oct. 4) for the MD 355/Rockville Pike Crossing Project near NSAB/Walter Reed, NIH and the Medical Center Metro Station in Bethesda. A blast previously scheduled for FRIDAY, OCT. 6 is likely postponed until next week.

A warning siren will sound approximately five minutes before the Thursday 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.

Vehicular traffic on Rockville Pike won’t be halted during the blast. Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to proceed along the west side of Rockville Pike, near NIH. However, THREE minutes prior to the blast, 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. When it is completed by the end of 2021, the Crossing Project will provide a safe and 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.

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.

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.

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

Many thanks for your cooperation!