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Western Workaround Update

From MCDOT, the August 9, 2020 update:

As of July 8, 2020, Executive Boulevard between Old Georgetown Road and Grand Park Avenue at Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center is permanently closed; look for the “DETOUR” signs that are rerouting traffic. 

Corman Kokosing Construction Company presently uses the closed section of Executive Boulevard. as a material and equipment staging area.  No access to Old Georgetown Road exists from north/westbound Executive Boulevard after Marinelli Road/Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.  A right turn on Banneker Avenue from northbound Grand Park Avenue only leads to the Marriott Hotel back parking and loading areas.  Access to Old Georgetown Road will resume once the Contractor completes the new section of Grand Park Avenue from Banneker Avenue to Old Georgetown Road—tentatively scheduled for completion by late December 2020.  Look for updates regarding progress on Grand Park Avenue. 

Corman Kokosing under the Construction Management at Risk (CMAR) contract proceeds with other work on Executive Boulevard in order to facilitate both new storm drain system construction, telecommunication & signalization infrastructure installation, and work on the extension of Banneker Avenue.  Banneker Avenue will cut across the Gables parking lot and eventually tie in to Old Georgetown Road just north of the MNCPPC Aquatic Center rear service entrance.  Future updates will provide progress on Banneker Avenue construction as the Contractor is only in the early stages of demolition and construction. 

The Berg Corporation, Corman Kokosing’s demolition contractor, is winding down the demolition of the old VOB Nissan Dealership property.  The final stages of demolition should be completed by late August 2020.  Large tractor‐trailer vehicles and dump trucks hauling away debris and excavated earthen material can only enter and exit the property via Grand Park Avenue off of the Executive Boulevard dead end.  Motorists and pedestrians in the area of Bethesda North 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 has closed the northbound right lane of Old Georgetown Road in front of the VOB property.  Concrete “Jersey barriers” closing the lane will remain there until Corman completes the Grand Park Avenue extension.

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 September, 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.

Anchor Construction, a Corman‐Kokosing subcontractor, continues with their PEPCO related work on Towne Road between Montrose Road and the cul‐de‐sac.  By the end of August, Anchor will complete their work in this area.  The sub‐contractor will wrap up placing six-inch fiberglass conduits in various configurations.  Still, at any time, Anchor crews could be roadway saw cutting, excavating, placing shoring, installing conduit, backfilling, and/or restoring roadway pavements.  Additionally, the Anchor Crew on Towne Road will move over to the northbound lanes of Old Georgetown Road between Nicholson/Tilden Lanes and Grand Park Avenue; the Crew will begin other PEPCO related work there.  Please be patient with their lane closures and subsequent delays on Towne Road, Montrose Road, Montrose Parkway, and eventually Old Georgetown Road. 

Corman Kokosing’s own crews continue with Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) sewer and water line upgrades known as Contract “G” and Contract “E.”  As a reminder, all nighttime construction operations have been suspended.  The contractor will provide seven days’ notice before they resume nighttime operations; look for any future updates regarding night work.  The WSSC construction activities instead are proceeding during the daytime 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. 

Didn’t get to watch the demolition of VOB in person? Here are some videos to fill the gap.

Thanks to the video talents of John Z. Wetmore, Producer of “Perils For Pedestrians” Television, you can watch the demolition of VOB Nissan, which will facilitate the construction of the Western Workaround. Enjoy every snatch of the bulldozer, each wall ripping from its foundation.

VOB (Part 1 – Service) Car Dealer Demolition
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhmXqIPBeUY

VOB (Part 2 – Parts) Car Dealer Demolition
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H42K0dmVsPU

VOB (Part 3 – Sales) Car Dealer Demolition
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DrpoSEMpjA

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.

Tomorrow — Executive Blvd. Closes

If you want to take one last sentimental drive on Executive Boulevard from Marinelli Road to Old Georgetown Road, today is your last chance to do so. Executive Boulevard closes tomorrow to construct the western workaround.

The western workaround will align Towne Road, Old Georgetown Road, and Executive Blvd. in a traditional four-sided intersection, improving the road grid.

Western Workaround Construction Update

Below is the MCDOT notification on construction activities anticipated to begin June 15, 2020. The most important news is that Executive Boulevard will be closing around June 29. Yes, this is the third (or fourth?) date given for the closure, but we’re told that this one is going to stick. The second most important news is that nighttime work has been suspended.

The utility infrastructure relocation and construction which began in August 2018 has resumed.  Corman Kokosing Construction Company started construction on Phase 1B infrastructure and utility improvements on June 8, 2020.  For the next three weeks, the Contractor will focus on storm drain improvements by installing new manhole and reinforced concrete pipe.  This initial activity is taking place just west of the Executive Boulevard and Marinelli Road intersection.

Over the next month, Verizon crews will continue with their cable/wire splicing and other telecom work along Towne Road.  Verizon linemen will continue to install overhead cable in that project area.  Verizon should complete the overhead work on Towne Road by early July, 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.  Anchor Construction, a Corman-Kokosing subcontractor, returns to Towne Road on June 18, 2020 to install PEPCO electrical conduits.  Anchor crews will work on the road’s west side; they should complete this phase by the end of July, 2020.

Two of Corman Kokosing’s crews continue with Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) sewer and water line upgrades. Nighttime construction operations have been suspended.  The WSSC construction activities instead are proceeding during the daytime 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.  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.  This work for WSSC should wrap up by the middle of July 2020.

Corman-Kokosing’s general construction crew continues with the remaining center median demolition for future lane closures and Maintenance of Traffic (MOT).  Once the last Old Georgetown Road center median is removed, Corman-Kokosing will place an HMA surface course to return ride ability.  The Contractor should complete demolition and paving by the end of June, 2020.
 
Please take note that Executive Boulevard between the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center entrance and Old Georgetown Road will permanently close on or about June 29, 2020.  Before any closure, variable message sign (VMS) boards will be placed and detour plans will be posted—VMS boards will be in place at least 14 days before any closure.  Look for more information regarding the road closure and detour plans.

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 for possible pedestrian detours as the multiple contractors conduct these ongoing field operations. White Flint West Project News will update all construction activities.  

Our condolences

On Monday, June 1, at about 6:30 pm, a 2009 Hyundai Elantra traveling south on Old Georgetown Road and a 2009 Chevrolet Colorado traveling east on Executive Boulevard collided in the intersection.  The impact of the collision then caused both vehicles to travel into a construction zone at the southeast corner of the intersection.  The Hyundai struck a stationary excavator.  The Chevrolet struck a construction worker who was working in a trench in lane two of northbound Old Georgetown Road on the western workaround.

The construction worker, 61-year-old Michael James O’Connor, of Middle River, Maryland, was pronounced deceased at the scene. An MCDOT representative said, “It is with a heavy heart that I have to inform you that a foreman with our general contractor Corman Kokosing was killed at a traffic accident yesterday evening. The accident occurred at the intersection of Old Georgetown Rd and Executive Blvd while the crew was working on a sanitary sewer line relocation. Our most sincere condolences go to the family and Corman Kokosing.”

The driver of the Hyundai, identified as Elizabeth McMillan Stuckle, age 69, of Bethesda, Maryland, was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Chevrolet, David Walter Fenerty, age 56, of Kensington, Maryland, was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No charges appear to have been filed against either driver, according to the state’s court database.

MCDOT said that work on the western workaround project was canceled Tuesday and will be resumed Wednesday, June 3rd. The night shift has been canceled until further notice. Corman and MCDOT are reevaluating the maintenance of traffic designs for the project to make sure they can continue construction operations safely.

Western Workaround Construction Continues Despite the Pandemic

The folks at MCDOT gave Friends of White Flint an update to the Western Workaround project, and we want to pass along the info to you.

The big news as that Executive Boulevard will be closing around mid-May. The closed part will extend from Old Georgetown Road to the Conference Center/M & T Bank. (See the green circle below.)

Project Milestones and Schedule Update
 Substantial Completion – November 2022
 Permanent Closure of Executive Blvd – Mid May 2020
 Grand Park Ave – May 2020 to April 2021
 Towne Rd – April 2021 to November 2022
 Old Georgetown – May 2020 to November 2022
 Storm Drain on Old Georgetown – May 2020 to October 2021
 Pepco conduit construction – May 2020 to July 2021
 Pepco underground and overhead relocation – Summer/Fall 2021
 Verizon underground and overhead relocation – Ongoing through December 2021

MCDOT will keep updating the website as work proceeds. During Grand Park Avenue construction, the Gables parking lot will remain open with vehicular and pedestrian access. Power outages will be coordinated by Pepco with customers – both residents and businesses.

The County is focused on minimizing impacts to the Conference Center. Phase 1B work in front of the conference Center is scheduled to start in Fall 2020; the county is working with the contractor to advance the work as much as possible, hopefully in summer 2020. The goal is to complete the construction of Grand Park Ave from Old Georgetown Rd to Marinelli Rd by Spring 2021. Before the closure of Executive Blvd, detour signs will be installed directing vehicular traffic to the Conference Center from Montrose Pkwy and Rockville Pike.

You can see a complete map by clicking here: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/whiteflint/Resources/Files/pAERIAL_WFWest%20(reduced).pdf