Latest Update on the Western Workaround

Latest Update on the Western Workaround

FROM MCDOT: (Learn more about the Western Workaround project.)

Photo thanks to Don Weinstein

As of July 8, 2020, Executive Boulevard between Old Georgetown Road and Grand Park Avenue at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center is permanently closed; look for the “DETOUR” signs that are rerouting traffic. On Monday, July 13, 2020, Corman Kokosing Construction Company began tearing up the old Executive Boulevard roadway in order to facilitate both new storm drain system construction and the start of work on the extension of Banneker Avenue.  Banneker Avenue will cut across the Gables parking lot and eventually tie into Old Georgetown Road just north of the MNCPPC Aquatic Center rear service entrance. 

The Berg Corporation is proceeding with the demolition of the old VOB Nissan Dealership structure and site; demolition will last for at least the next three weeks.  Large tractor‐trailer vehicles hauling away debris and recyclable materials are entering and exiting the property via Grand Park Avenue off of the Executive Blvd. dead end.  Motorists and pedestrians in the area of the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, as well as the M & T Bank and Aquatic Center & Park at Marinelli Road, should pay special attention to the increased presence of large vehicles.  In addition, Corman will close the northbound right lane of Old Georgetown Road in front of the VOB property on Monday, July 13, 2020; the Contractor will place concrete “Jersey barriers” to close the lane. 

Over the next month, Verizon crews will continue with their cable/wire splicing and other telecom work along Towne Road.  Verizon linemen and technicians in multiple vehicles will continue to install overhead cable and work in manholes in that project area.  Verizon should complete the overhead work on Towne Road by early August, weather permitting.  In addition, look for Verizon crews working in other parts of the White Flint West project area including on Banneker Avenue, Executive Boulevard., and Old Georgetown Road.  Keep an eye out for their own lane closures and flagging operations as they are separate from Corman Kokosing and affiliated sub‐contractors’ construction operations.

Photo thanks to David Walters

Anchor Construction is working presently at the north end of Towne Road between Prose Street and Montrose Parkway.  During the next month, Anchor crews will complete PEPCO‐related work that will take them into the section of Towne Road between Montrose Parkway and Montrose Road.  The Anchor staff is scheduled to excavate for and place a large pre‐cast concrete vault there.  Their other tasks include placing six-inch fiberglass conduits in various configurations.  At any time, Anchor crews could be roadway saw cutting, excavating, placing shoring, installing conduit, backfilling, and/or restoring roadway pavements.  Please be patient with their lane closures and subsequent delays on Towne Road and Montrose Parkway. 

Corman Kokosing’s own crews continue with Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) sewer and water line upgrades between the hours of 6:00 am to 2:00 pm in the northbound and southbound lanes of Old Georgetown Road north and south of Executive Boulevard, as well as the grassy area in front of the PALLAS Apartment Building.  This work will continue with daytime multiple lane closures to facilitate excavation, pipe and structure placement, and backfilling.  Periodically, one of Corman Kokosing’s general construction crews will complete hot mix asphalt (HMA) paving to replace the roadway steel plates that cover trench work.  Work for WSSC should wrap up by the middle of August 2020;

Parking is still not permitted on either side of Towne Road, or in the Cul‐de‐Sac; especially with the uptick in construction activities. Violators will be subject to citations; violators impeding the construction will be towed.   In these active work zones, be sure to look for the orange warning signs, cones and arrow panels, and flaggers! Please pay attention to any temporary road closure(s), look for steel roadway plates, expect probable driving delays, and look out for workers.

Amy Ginsburg

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One comment

Monte Fisher

Suggestion, please, for best way for bicyclists to get from the lovely new bike lanes on Executive that end at Nicholson, to Montrose? It was easy via Executive to cross OGR to Towne Road, but confusing now that that’s all torn up.

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