MacArthur Blvd. Bike Path Improvements

Montgomery County Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Engineering


March 2013 

The purpose of this newsletter is to notify you of the upcoming project and to in- form you of the project schedule, lane closures, and impacts to traffic and pedes- trian access.

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Division of Transportation Engineering (DTE) will soon commence activities for the con- struction of a new bikeway and road resurfacing along MacArthur Boulevard be- tween I-495 (Capital Beltway) and Oberlin Avenue in Glen Echo, Maryland.

Project Scope and Design

This project encompasses the construction of approximately 2.61 miles of eight- foot wide shared use bike path along the south side of MacArthur Boulevard be- tween I-495 and Oberlin Avenue. This project also includes roadway resurfacing, the installation of retaining walls, driveways, underpass lighting and landscaping.

Additionally, upgrades (removal, replacement and new installation) to the existing storm drain system will take place, as well as the installation of bioretention fa- cilities for stormwater treatment. Minor surface adjustments to manhole covers and water valves will be made in accordance with Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) plans and specifications. Outages of water and sewer ser- vices are not expected during the course of this construction.

Work Hours, Schedule and Inspection

Construction will take place Monday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. with temporary lane closures possible for short durations between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Occasional Saturday work may be neces- sary to make up for weather delay.

Construction is scheduled to take approximately one-year to complete. Throughout the construction process, a full-time County representative will be present on the job site during the hours of construction to oversee the construction progress, monitor the work zone for pedestrian and traffic safety and to answer questions that you may have about the project. 

Special points of interest:
  • Construction will begin in April 2013.

  • The project is expected to take one year to complete.

  • Approximately 2.61 miles of new bikeway and road resurfacing will be constructed.

  • Lane closures will occur throughout the duration of this project. 

Pedestrian Access, Traffic Control Plan and Phasing

Accessible pedestrian routes will be provided and maintained to the maximum extent feasible throughout the project's limits. When an existing pedestrian access route within the public right-of-way is blocked by construction, or maintenance activities, an alternate accessible pedestrian route will be provided.

Access to all side streets and driveways will be maintained at all times. Temporary “No Parking” signs will be installed in affected parking areas for the duration of work in those areas.

The sequence of construction for this project is scheduled to occur in multiple stages. Portions of the construction activities will occur adjacent to lane closures and adjacent to the travel lanes of the roadway. Temporary lane closures will occur for short durations between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and will be setup and taken down on a daily basis. Flaggers will control traffic movements during the lane closures. 

Neele Johnston,
May 15, 2013, 7:12 AM