Thursday, March 14, 2013
The construction of a nine-story office building is prompting traffic pattern changes between East-West Highway and Montgomery Lane.
Pearl Street is now a one-way southbound street between East-West Highway and Montgomery Lane, near construction of a nine-story office building at the site of the former McDonald's. The new traffic pattern went into effect Wednesday and will last for the duration of the construction project -- about a year, according to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center. Signage will alert motorists to the new traffic patterns, Patch reported. The traffic changes will accommodate excavation and construction at the site, where blasting will launch in several weeks. Neighbors can sign up for Alert Montgomery to receive text message alerts about daily blasting activity. The old McDonald's restaurant on the site was torn down starting last …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Excavation continues at the project site where a public parking garage and two residential developments are under construction.
Construction blasts at Lot 31 are expected to last six more weeks, according to a project update from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center. The blasts began on Dec. 5 after crews conducting excavation encountered a level of dense, hard rock. The blasting was halted temporarily Dec. 18 and resumed again in early February. The construction project has taken out a popular Bethesda Row surface parking lot with about 270 spaces. An underground parking garage with 940 public spaces and two mixed-use residential buildings—one five stories, the other nine stories—are planned for the site, located at the intersection of Bethesda and Woodmont avenues on busy Bethesda Row and across the street from Bethesda's iconic Barnes and Noble. …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Construction work that has left some neighbors rattled is back on again in downtown Bethesda.
After a hiatus, blasting that left some neighbors rattled began again at the Lot 31 construction site last Friday, The Gazette reports. The blasts began on Dec. 5 after crews conducting excavation encountered a level of dense, hard rock, according to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center. The blasting was halted temporarily Dec. 18. Doug Firstenberg, a principal at StonebridgeCarras, told The Gazette the blasting will continue for another few weeks. Excavation at the site is about 80 percent finished and is expected to be complete in two months, The Gazette reported. The construction project, known as Lot 31, has taken out a popular Bethesda Row surface parking lot with about 270 spaces. An underground parking garage with 940 …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
A detour will divert drivers away from work at the Safeway construction site on Feb. 3.
If you are driving northbound along Georgia Avenue through Wheaton this Sunday, you may need to take a detour. The stretch of road between Reedie Drive and Price Avenue will be closed on Feb. 3 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Southbound Georgia Avenue will remain open. Through traffic approaching Wheaton along Georgia Avenue from the south will be directed to follow this detour route: Left turn on Veirs Mill Road, right turn on University Boulevard, left turn on Grandview Avenue, right turn on Blueridge Avenue and finally a left turn back onto Georgia Avenue. The road closure will allow workers to take down a crane at the Safeway construction project at the corner of Reedie Drive and Georgia Avenue, according to Joe Callaway, chief of operations for…
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Trail users will no longer be detoured near the construction site.
The Capital Crescent Trail has re-opened on its original path near the Lot 31 construction site, according to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center. Trail users were being detoured around the original path as construction crews worked to complete an overhead protection structure on the trail. Now that the overhead strucure has been completed, trail users can once again use the original path. Seeding and mulching alongside the trail has also been completed.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
How has Lot 31 construction affected you?
After a temporary reprieve during the holidays, blasts that some have described as sounding like an earthquake or car crash are set to resume in downtown Bethesda in a couple of weeks as part of construction to make way for a parking garage at the corner of Bethesda and Woodmont Avenues. The blasts began on Dec. 5 after crews conducting excavation encountered a level of dense, hard rock, according to an email from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center. Some residents taken aback by the work mistook the blasts for an earthquake, a car hitting a building, and even a meteor strike, The Washington Post reported this month. After a temporary halt Dec. 18, the blasting could begin again in about two weeks, Ken Hartman, Bethesda-Chevy…
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Blasting at Lot 31 in Bethesda has been halted temporarily, and will begin again in the new year, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center reported.
Update (Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012): The blasting at Lot 31 has been halted temporarily, according to an email from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center. "No further blasting will take place for approximately two weeks," until after Jan. 1, the email reported. "Now Clark Construction is focusing on removing the blasted material, continuing excavation and sheeting and shoring the entire area," the email added. Original story (Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012): Blasting began earlier this month as part of the construction occurring in downtown Bethesda at Lot 31, according to an email from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center. The blasting is part of a project to build a major public parking center in this location (at Bethesda …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Montgomery County's Department of Transportation aims to improve pedestrian safety with the streetscaping project.
Have you noticed all the construction work along Reedie Drive between Georgia Avenue and Veirs Mill Road in downtown Wheaton? Montgomery County's Department of Transportation is trying to improve pedestrian safety with concrete medians and islands and with marked crosswalks, according to a report from the Wheaton Redevelopment Program. Sidewalks on that stretch of road are also getting a new look. Joe Callaway, chief of operations for the Wheaton Urban District, wrote in an email to Patch that the streetscaping project began the second week of November and the construction phase should be completed by Christmas. Landscaping will most likely be delayed until the spring, he added.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Jerry Ricciardi of Patriot Realty says construction is “moving along.”
Twelve stories down, five more to go for the 17-story, high-rise Safeway grocery store and apartment complex, located across from the Wheaton Metro Station at the intersection of Reedie Drive and Georgia Avenue. “Construction is going well,” said Jerry Ricciardi, president of real estate development at Patriot Realty. “We are moving along as we should and things are going great.” According to Ricciardi, the 58,000-square foot "urban lifestyle" Safeway is scheduled to open in early fall of 2013, with the residential buildings to follow a few months behind. The 486 units will be completed by January 2014. The new mixed-use facility will also include a SunTrust bank, Bergman’s drycleaner and a Starbucks. Anyone inquiring about apartments …