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.
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.”