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Cedar Lane reopens In Bethesda

By Aaron Kraut

Monday - 8/4/2014, 8:05am  ET

Reopened Cedar Lane, east of 
Rockville Pike Reopened Cedar Lane, east of 
Rockville Pike Culvert under Cedar Lane, just east 
of Rockville Pike Construction continues at Cedar Lane 
and Rockville Pike Reopened Cedar Lane, east of 
Rockville Pike

Cedar Lane east of Rockville Pike is open again after just less than two months of construction to add two new lanes and realign a culvert for a stream running underneath.

The State Highway Administration closed Cedar Lane from the Pike to Elmhirst Parkway on June 6 and said crews hoped to have work done before the first day of the 2014-2015 MCPS school year.

After applying new pavement markings and adjusting traffic signals over the weekend, the SHA was able to open the section of road a few weeks before that, though the area is still a construction zone.

Eastbound Cedar Lane from Rockville Pike to Elmhirst Parkway is down to one lane and will be as the SHA continues to work.

“While the road will now be open to vehicular traffic, the 1000-foot section of Cedar Lane near MD 355 is still an active work zone,” wrote Montgomery County BRAC Coordinator Phil Alperson in an email.

The $13.8 million project is part of a series of federally funded road improvements to ease congestion around Naval Support Activity Bethesda (home of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center) and NIH.

“Continuing construction activity may require sidewalk closures on this section of Cedar Lane through late 2014,” Alperson wrote. “Sidewalk users may be directed to safe crossings within the work zone via orange construction signs, cones, barrels and fencing.”

There was pedestrian and bicyclist access on the north side of Cedar Lane on Monday. Fencing and more construction meant no crossing of Cedar Lane on the east side of the intersection with Rockville Pike.

More road work and construction of a new athletics complex at Stone Ridge School has much of the south side of the stretch of road shut down to pedestrians.