Development Update: Week of April 1, 2019
NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY
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Week of April 1, 2019:
The development team’s revised schedule for all noise-related construction activities began last week. This effort to minimize the impact on neighboring residents and businesses, as well as commuters passing through the area, has addressed many concerns about disruption and inconvenience. Coverage of the schedule adjustment was featured in Bethesda Magazine.
The revised schedule includes traffic control operations starting at 6 a.m. and work occurring between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, along with brief, less-intrusive activities during lunchtime hours from approximately 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. While the main activities will occur during these hours, certain portions of the work will need to occur during the overnight hours from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. In the case of inclement weather, work may take place Friday through Sunday. General Contractor Hensel Phelps has obtained an updated noise waiver from Montgomery County to continue evening construction at the site.
Underground utility improvements and restoration work continue to move northbound along Woodmont Avenue toward Norfolk Avenue. This work, which includes stormwater, sanitary and domestic water lines, is anticipated to continue through July. During this time, two-way traffic will be maintained as often as possible with temporary steel road plates in use as needed. The timeline for all upcoming phases of this work is estimated in this site plan, including future phases along Wisconsin and Norfolk Avenues. Please note, this plan does not include anticipated work performed by Pepco.
This week, daytime traffic along Woodmont Avenue is expected to lessen as the ramp into the construction site is relocated from Woodmont Avenue to Wisconsin Avenue. Throughout this time, the approved Montgomery County and State Highway traffic control plans will ensure minimal impact to traffic flow around the site. Meanwhile, mass excavation and hauling continue at the construction site. Intermittent bedrock blasting may be required in the near future, and advance notice will be provided. The mass excavation and hauling are anticipated to continue through July. It is anticipated that concrete operations will begin in May.
Two streetlights along the east side of Woodmont Avenue will be removed to accommodate certain construction activities, but temporary solar street lighting has been installed to ensure pedestrian pathways remain lighted until permanent street lighting is installed.
Meanwhile, sidewalk closures remain in place along sections of Woodmont, Norfolk and Wisconsin Avenues (view map of closures here), and additional temporary closures may be necessary during this time. Pedestrians will be detoured to the east sidewalk of Wisconsin Avenue during work hours and should take advantage of nearby crosswalks as needed. Please be vigilant and pay close attention to signage as detours may change occasionally. Our number one priority is the safety and security of pedestrians and commuters in and around the construction site.
Monthly construction updates
The developers and general contractor are committed to an open dialog with the community and they hold bimonthly construction updates for the general public. These updates are generally scheduled for the first Tuesday of every other month and take place in downtown Bethesda at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase County Regional Services Center, on the second floor in rooms A and B, located at 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814.
The next update will take place this Tuesday, April 2, at 6:00 p.m.
Watch live construction time-lapse
You can see a live construction camera featuring a 24/7 time-lapse view of the development site.
For questions, contact Barney Silver, Vice President, Construction at Boston Properties; or Gavin McDuff, Area Superintendent at Hensel Phelps. Please send your email to development@MHQBethesda.com or call (240) 514-7831 to leave a voicemail message.