A siren will go off in Bethesda this week, followed by likely muffled explosive blasting needed for Purple Line construction.
While excavation only began in June, a machine has already dug about 350 feet — one-third of the way into the Purple Line tunnel. Read more about progress on the project in Silver Spring.
Work on the Bethesda station and the direct elevator connection to the Red Line platform below will soon trigger blasting at the site of the old Apex Building at Wisconsin Avenue and Elm Street.
A year after major work kicked off on the Purple Line in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, road closures are beginning to become more common with construction picking up steam.
The multi-building, mixed use project known as The Wilson and The Elm, will include a 23-story, 360,000-square-foot office building fronting Wisconsin Avenue, and two residential towers with 456 units.
Purple Line construction is now well underway in Montgomery County, and neighbors can expect some significant impacts over the next four years. “We are cheek to jowl next to neighborhoods for pretty much the entire length of the project,” the spokesman for the major construction project says.
Nearly a year after its groundbreaking, construction is ramping up on Maryland’s Purple Line while legal battles over its right of way appear to have stalled.
The contractor for Maryland’s Purple Line says light-rail trains won’t run on test tracks until 2020, at the earliest. Purple Line Transit Partners CEO Fred Craig said Thursday he wanted to clarify previous remarks indicating Maryland testing could begin as early as 2019.
A suspect stole a truck and several tools used in the construction of Maryland’s Purple Line during a burglary at a Montgomery County facility last month, police said.
The federal judges found that the federal and Maryland Transit administrations did their due diligence in studying how the Purple Line would be affected by ongoing problems at Metro, including diminished ridership.
The Purple Line Corridor Coalition agreement hopes to support and grow local businesses, to build a thriving labor market, to make affordable housing available and to support vibrant communities.
The opening of the Purple Line will be delayed, at least somewhat, by the lawsuits that slowed construction, Maryland’s transportation secretary recently acknowledged.
Metro’s governing board approved a key land swap with Maryland needed to connect the Purple Line to three Metro stations. The vote came after public sniping between Maryland’s governor and Metro’s board chair over terms of the deal.
“The chairman is attempting to practice extortion against the state of Maryland,” said Hogan. “He’s threatened to hold up the Purple Line if we don’t go along with his demands.”
“I get a lot of criticism, but you can call me any name you want,” said embattled Metro Board of Directors Chairman Jack Evans. “I’m not going to go away.”
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