The project is inteded to:
- enhance/improve access to mass transit facilities; and
- improve the mobility and safety of pedestrians and bicyclists crossing MD 355/Rockville Pike,
- improve traffic operations at the signalized intersection of South Wood Road, South Drive, and MD 355 and
- improve the capacity and operation of the intersection of MD 355 (Rockville Pike) and Jones Bridge Road/Center Drive.
The project includes a proposed shallow underpass below MD 355, new deep high-speed elevators and emergency stairs on the NAVY side, and a new deep tunnel connection between the new deep high speed elevator and the existing Metrorail tunnel. In addition, roadway surface improvements include traffic signal, pavement resurfacing, full-depth pavement, sidewalk/bike path, median work, and stormwater management facilities; extension of the southbound MD 355 left turn lane in the existing median of MD 355 to improve queuing for vehicles turning left onto South Wood Road; and MD 355/Jones Bridge Road intersection improvements (curb radius expansions and reductions, improved sidewalks and a shared use path, pedestrians crosswalks, traffic signals, drainage, and paving).
The project area is located between the west and east sides of MD 355/Rockville Pike at its intersection with South Wood Road and South Drive in Bethesda.