No Word On Woodmont Avenue Reopening

Woodmont Avenue remains closed Friday, the day the road was supposed to reopen

Woodmont Avenue at Bethesda Avenue remained closed on Friday and there’s no word on if it will reopen this weekend as expected.

Developer StonebridgeCarras is building a 186-unit apartment project on the former site of Montgomery County’s Lot 31. Across the street, the developer is building a condominium project called The Darcy.

In a public-private partnership with the county, the developer is building a 970-space public parking garage underneath the road to replace Lot 31. Woodmont Avenue between Bethesda Avenue and Miller Avenue was closed in September 2012 to allow for construction the county said would take between 20 and 24 months.

In July, StonebridgeCarras Principal Jane Mahaffie said the stretch of road would reopen by today, on the weekend before the first day of the 2014-2015 MCPS school year and the traditional uptick in area traffic.

Earlier this month, electronic signs indicated the road would be reopened earlier than that, by or on Friday, Aug. 15.

No word from StonebridgeCarras on if the road will reopen today as first planned.

What is clear is that pedestrians won’t be able to use the stretch of road until the construction of the apartment and condo buildings on either side is closer to completion.

Since last week, crews have installed signs that read “No Pedestrian Access” and “Not Publicly Maintained Roadway.”

Mahaffie said the garage will hopefully be opened by or around Dec. 1. The apartment and condo buildings, which will include ground-floor restaurants and retail, should be completed by May 2015.

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