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The Western Workaround is Coming — Really!

Posted on by Amy Ginsburg

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On November 8, the construction of the long-awaited Western Workaround begins! (Insert joyful music here.)

The Western Workaround realigns Executive Boulevard where it meets Old Georgetown Road. It creates a new street, Market Street, behind the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. The Western Workaround also creates a rectangular parcel that will become the Gables Residential complex. The county estimates that this project will cost $55 million.

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The Western Workaround also permits the construction of a new garage for the conference center.  Yes, for about a year, it will be a little annoying to park for events at the conference center, but it will be well worth the temporary inconvenience to have a beautiful new garage.

Bethesda Beat reported that Councilmember Roger Berliner said, “This piece is so important to get done. We’ve been waiting on this piece for a long time.” Bethesda Beat also reported that Dee Metz who works in the office of the County Executive said, “It’s exciting, It’s the first step of the grid process.”

6 Responses to The Western Workaround is Coming — Really!

Monte says: October 27, 2016 at 11:09 am

Would really appreciate more information on how this is going to happen in sequence, since Old G’town is pretty dang busy — is there a site where this is clarified?
The linked document says this, which isn’t illuminating — thanks!
“1. Main Street/Market Street (B-10) – Design in FY14 through FY15, SI&U in FY16 through FY18, and construction in FY17 and FY18.
2. Main Street/Market Street (LB-1) – Design in FY14 through FY15, SI&U in FY16 through FY18, and construction in FY17 and FY18.
3. Executive Boulevard Extended (B-15) – Design in FY14 through FY15, SI&U and construction in FY16 through FY20.
4. Intersection of Hoya Street (formerly ‘Old’ Old Georgetown Road) (M-4A), Old Georgetown Road, and Executive Boulevard – Design in
FY14 through FY15, land acquisition in FY16, SI&U in FY16 through FY18, and construction in FY17 through FY19.”

Amy Ginsburg says: October 27, 2016 at 11:21 am

Thanks for writing. I’ll work to find out for you and let you know where you can find additional information.
Amy Ginsburg, Executive Director

susan says: October 27, 2016 at 4:07 pm

I neglected to finish my inquiry. I am mainly interested in the left turn lane of Old Geo. Rd going NW at the intersection turning left on Executive Blvd. It sounds as if the work will be on the right side of Old Geo Rd that turns right on Exec. Blvd.

I hope that makes sense. Traffic coming from Bethesda on Old Geo to turn left on Exec is a busy intersection. It seems to be on the opposite side of the road.