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Temporary Road Closures on MD 355/Rockville Pike in Bethesda Nov. 25

For Immediate Release: Monday, November 25, 2019

From 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. on Monday, November 25, the right north and southbound lanes on MD 355/Rockville Pike at Woodmont Avenue will be closed for utility pole removal.

From 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 26, through 3:00 p.m. Monday, December 2, there will be no road closures on MD 355/Rockville Pike due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Naval Support Activity Bethesda. When it is completed in Fall 2020, the Crossing Project will enhance safety and mobility for people and vehicles moving 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. 


In addition, the Crossing Project includes pedestrian safety, traffic and transit improvements to the nearby intersections of MD 355 (Rockville Pike) at Jones Bridge Road and Center Drive (at NIH), and at MD 355 and Woodmont Avenue. 


View map of the Crossing Project construction area.
View pictures of the construction and of signs for safe pedestrian/cycling detours.
View video to see what’s happening underground.

For more information, visit

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. Walk or bike only on designated crosswalks, sidewalks and paths.

In the meantime, MCDOT appreciates the patience of everyone who lives, works or travels through the area.

Release ID: 19-192
Media Contact: Hannah Henn 240-777-8389

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