Weather Permitting, Road Repairs Begin Next Monday Night, August 6; Motorists Should Allow Extra Travel Time during Overnight Hours for the Next Three Weeks

(August 3, 2012) –The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is improving the ride quality for thousands of motorists and is temporarily closing lanes next week for nighttime resurfacing along north and southbound MD 355 (Rockville Pike) between South Drive and Jones Bridge Road in Bethesda.

Beginning Monday night, August 6 crews will close one lane in each direction of MD 355 at 7 p.m., then two lanes weeknights at 10 p.m. All lanes will be open to traffic no later than 5 a.m. daily. Weather permitting, the project should be complete by the end of August. The work is being performed as part of the utility relocation contract  in Bethesda for BRAC improvements.

SHA encourages motorists to plan for extra commute time to avoid construction delays. Approximately 49,000 vehicles use this heavily-traveled MD 355 corridor each day.  Arrow boards, construction barrels and flaggers will direct motorists through the work zone.

As crews work to keep work zones safe, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert – look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Safer Driving. Safer Work Zones. For Everyone.

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