Major Road Projects Will ‘Significantly Impact’ Montgomery County Traffic

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration has two road projects planned that will have “significant impacts” on Montgomery County Traffic, according to a press release.

These repairs will take place on the inner loop of the I-495 Northwest Branch Bridge between New Hampshire Avenue and University Boulevard and on a four mile stretch of U.S. 29 in Silver Spring. The emergency repairs to I-495 are expected to last through mid-July and the repairs to U.S. 29 are expected to last two years.

Repairs to the I-495 Northwest Branch Bridge will start after July 4 and will require both day and nighttime single and multiple lane closures. These closures will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. overnight.

The $5.7 million safety and resurfacing project on U.S. 29 is currently underway and is expected to be completed by the end of 2021. The repairs include replacing guardrails, cleaning and repairing storm drains, roadway repatching, and other road repairs. Lane closures will take place in both directions on U.S. 29 and include:

  • One lane: weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Two lanes: weekdays overnight from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
  • One or two lanes: weekends (intermittently) up to 24 hours a day



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