Archives August 2021

Pike District Connector Launch Week – Volunteers Needed

Wednesday September 15, 2021 to Saturday September 18, 2021

Join the Planning Department, MCDOT, and Better Block as they sling paint, swing hammers, and get some dirt under their fingernails installing signage along the Pike District Connector, create ground murals under the guidance of local artists, and build a pollinator garden with plants, art, and seating in Wall Park. All tools will be provided. Please bring sunscreen and a water bottle and wear clothing that you don’t mind getting painted or dirty. All ages and skill levels welcome!

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Road Closure: Randolph Road Westbound Lanes Close Starting Today

The westbound lanes of Randolph Road between Nebel Street and Parklawn Drive will close starting today, August 30, to make way for Pepco construction.

The westbound lanes of Randolph Road between Nebel Street and Parklawn Drive will be closed starting Monday, as Pepco begins construction for a new substation. The eastbound lanes will remain open, and businesses on the westbound side will be open — as will the sidewalks.

The substation will supply power to the Bethesda and White Flint area, according to a Montgomery County news release. The construction is expected to last 6 months, it said.

“Substation work started in 2020 and associated line work will be performed with overhead and underground construction along Nebel Street, Marinelli Road, Old Georgetown Road, Citadel Avenue, Randolph Road, and Parklawn Drive,” the county’s news release says. “The substation project is expected to be completed by December 2023.”

Reopening date for Old Georgetown Rd. and Executive Blvd.


Due to weather impacts and a break down at the asphalt plant, the re-opening of the intersection at Old Georgetown Road and Executive Boulevard is re-scheduled for Tuesday August 31.   The final lift of hot mix asphalt on Old Georgetown Road northbound was being placed when the asphalt plant broke down. The contractor will resume asphalt work on Friday Aug. 27th pending the repair at the plant and possibly Saturday asphalt work will be needed. The pavement marking work has been rescheduled for 8/30/21. The sign work (uncovering) and removal of the detour signs is rescheduled for Tuesday, 8/31/21.  The traffic signals at Old Georgetown Road and Executive Boulevard will be set for operation on Tuesday, 8/31/21. All the variable message signs will be changed to the new date “On or about 8/31/21 MD 187, New Traffic Pattern”.   Please reach out to me or our project team if you have any questions.  Your continued patience during construction is appreciated.  

Based on the current weather predictions and a re-opening of the asphalt plant, the anticipated re-opening date for the intersection of Old Georgetown Road and Executive Boulevard is on or about Tuesday August 31st

Pike District Connector Coming September 13

The Planning Department will be installing the Pike District Connector the week of September 13, with a kickoff event on Saturday, September 18 (details below)! The Connector will remain in place through late fall.

  • Wayfinding: They’re installing temporary pavement stickers and signage to promote the Pike District Connector, Josiah Henson Museum & Park, and nearby destinations (see below). Stickers will be placed at regular intervals along the one-mile corridor, and between Wall Local Park and the Josiah Henson Museum & Park (to direct visitors parking at Wall Park to the museum). The stickers and signage will include QR codes linking to the project’s interactive webmap.
  • Activations: They’re enlivening Wall Local Park with a pollinator garden and temporary seating and hammocks.
  • Artwork: They’re partnering with two local artists to design temporary sidewalk murals at Wall Local Park and the Bethesda Trolley Trail entrance at Edson Lane.
  • Kickoff Events:
    • Community Bike Ride with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (10 am, Bethesda Metro Station): Starting at the Bethesda Metro Station (Wisconsin Avenue entrance), join Montgomery Planning staff and WABA for a six-mile bike ride that will follow the Bethesda Trolley Trail, traverse the Pike District Connector, and conclude at Wall Local Park for the Pike District Connector Kickoff.
    • Pike District Connector Kickoff (11 am, Wall Local Park): Check out the temporary activation and artwork installed at Wall Local Park as part of the Pike District Connector and interact with staff from the Josiah Henson Museum & Park!

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Randolph Road detours/closures begin next week

Construction is projected to begin on August 30 on Randolph Rd. from Parklawn Dr. to Nebel St. to begin excavation of the 27’x40’ entry pit for the micro- tunnel operation for the new Pepco substation.

Closures on Randolph Road will extend from Parklawn Drive to Nebel Street. Drivers going through the area should plan ahead and consider an alternative route.

Eastbound traffic will be open on that stretch of Randolph Road and westbound traffic will be diverted to Parklawn Drive and to Rockville Pike (Maryland state Route 355). Sidewalks on Randolph road will stay open.

A slight delay re-opening the intersection at Executive Blvd. and Old Georgetown


 During the past week we have seen considerable rain.  MCDOT is currently monitoring weather conditions which will impact the reopening date of August 23, 2021. The final paving activities that must take place prior to reopening the Executive Boulevard/Old Georgetown Road intersection are weather dependent.  The weather forecast this week continues to call for rain which creates a potential for delay.  We are doing our best to have the intersection reopened in a timely manner.   The project newsletter that will be posted this week will also contain this information.  Please reach out to me or our project team if you have any questions.  We appreciate your patience during construction.  

Based on the current weather predictions, the anticipated re-opening date for the intersection of Old Georgetown Road and Executive Boulevard is on or about Friday August 27th

Industrious opens at Pike & Rose

Industrious has opened at 909 Rose at PIke & Rose.

Set in North Bethesda this convenient location puts you within walking distance of dozens of restaurants and other attractions. Inside you’ll find you need to do your best work, including private offices, a variety of meeting rooms, and even a rooftop terrace.

All-Inclusive Memberships include wellness rooms, office supplies, conference rooms, secure wifi, professional cleaning, and other amenities.

Hank Dietle’s Will Require Proof of Vaccination/ Negative Covid Test for Scheduled Events

From the MoCo Show

Hank Dietle’s Tavern recently reopened its doors after three years of being closed due to a fire in February of 2018.

Earlier today the oldest bar in MoCo, located at 11010 Rockville Pike in Rockville, shared that proof of vaccination or a negative covid test taken within 48 hours of any scheduled event will be required for entry.

The message can be seen below: