Updates on Woodglen Drive and Washington Gas Tower
Back in April of last year, we shared that Washington Gas was planning a 145 foot tall communications tower that would sit in the center of their industrial property on Nebel Street, not far from where new residential high-rise buildings are planned. At that time, there were several approvals that were necessary before construction commenced but we’ve not heard any updates since then. Learn more on the background of the project by clicking here.
We checked in with Washington Gas last week when we realized that no apparent progress had been made on the project. Washington Gas tells us that the county has asked them to look at alternative sites and determine whether another might suit their needs. No word, yet, on what the result of that process will be but we’ll keep you posted.
Also, in August, we told you about improvements planned by the county’s Department of Transportation along Woodglen Drive. Specifically, the plan was to install a shared-use path and bike lanes stretching from the trolley trail to the terminus of Woodglen. These would be extended to metro (and, hopefully, beyond) as properties along the way redevelop. Learn more about the plan’s details by clicking here.
At that time, construction of the full project was slated for Fall 2013 but nothing has happened as yet. So, we checked in with MCDOT for an update and learned that the project was delayed while community concerns were considered. The delay caused the project to miss the construction season before winter but, all things being equal, it’s better to hash these things out before ground is broken.
The shared-use path proposed for the west side of Woodglen, at 8-feet wide, would have required the removal of some trees and also created some pinch points at utility pole locations. MCDOT and a technical design team are looking at this piece again and will keep the community apprised as they move forward. The on-road bicycle facilities, including the bike lane and sharrows, will move forward as planned. When we learn about any community meetings or a construction schedule, we’ll post them here!
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