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County:Montgomery Project Number:MO524_51
CONNECTICUT AVENUE - SALT BARN REPLACEMENT
Status
2/7/2019Phase 1 of the project’s erosion and sediment control plan has started.

For more information about this project, please contact Mr. Mark Rios, SHA Project Engineer at Mrios@sha.state.md.us or Mr. Bill Kucharek, SHA District 3 Area Engineer at BKucharek@sha.state.md.us.

 
Phase Time Frame As Defined in the Consolidated Transportation Program (Funded Year Displayed in CTP)
What's Involved? Estimate Begin Estimate Complete
Planning
Engineering Underway 2018
Right-of-Way
Construction Summer 2018 Summer 2020
Completed Milestones
Planning Phase Begin Project Planning
  Alternates Public Workshop
  Location/Design Public Hearing
  Location/Design Approval
Engineering Phase Begin Preliminary Engineering
  Geometric Design Approval
  Final Engineering Complete
  Advertised for Bid    
Construction Phase For General Lane Closure Information click HERE
  Begin Construction (Notice To Proceed)
  Open to Traffic:
 
Status Updates
 
2/7/2019Phase 1 of the project’s erosion and sediment control plan has started.

For more information about this project, please contact Mr. Mark Rios, SHA Project Engineer at Mrios@sha.state.md.us or Mr. Bill Kucharek, SHA District 3 Area Engineer at BKucharek@sha.state.md.us.

 
1/8/2019Phase 1 of erosion and sediment control plan has begun.

For more information about this project, please contact Mr. Mark Rios, SHA Project Engineer at Mrios@sha.state.md.us or Mr. Bill Kucharek, SHA District 3 Area Engineer at BKucharek@sha.state.md.us.
 
12/12/2018Crews will be working on clearing and grubbing, sewer and storm water work and demolition work through early spring 2019
 
11/29/2018Kensington Salt Barn Construction - Fall 2018

Overview
The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is improving its facilities and operations by constructing a new salt storage facility at the I-495 (Capital Beltway) / MD 185 (Connecticut Avenue) interchange in Kensington, Montgomery County. The salt barn will be constructed on existing MDOT SHA property which has been used a temporary winter storm operations site.

The new structure's proximity will significantly enhance MDOT SHA's response time for the I-495, Chevy Chase, Olney, Rockville, Kensington, Bethesda, Potomac, and Silver Spring service areas. The site’s route design enables trucks to load and fuel with less congestion and more efficiency than older salt facilities. Construction is scheduled for completion by Spring 2020.

Enhancing Storm Operations Currently, there are two salt barns/domes that serve southern Montgomery County for winter operations: the existing Kensington site and the Fairland Maintenance Shop. The distance extends crews’ response time to refuel and salt area routes. Traffic operations at the site will include an internal bypass lane enabling up to 40 trucks to wait to reload within the property. Landscape design elements will include multiple tree screens and fencing. The new barn has a storage capacity of 8,600 tons of salt; the existing dome in Kensington has a capacity of 4,400 tons. This site will be used during emergency operations only.
Environmental Safety The new facility is designed to comfortably blend the barn with the neighborhood aesthetics and allow crews to drive into the barn to load salt within the barn structure. MDOT SHA is building one double-walled, above ground fuel tank that will contain bio-diesel only (no gasoline). It also includes a continuous leak monitoring system between the two fireproof liners. The improved site will include wetland enhancement and removal of invasive plant species, as well as natural tree screening around the perimeter. It will include two 10,000-gallon salt brine tanks, and one 10,000-gallon magnesium chloride tanks have secondary containment systems. Catch basins, bio-swales and other mechanisms to protect the surrounding environment. Above ground tanks, unlike underground tanks, are less susceptible to degrading over time. Aboveground tanks are also easier to maintain due to access. This improved location will be used by MDOT SHA during emergency operations only.

Construction and Work Hours Crews will start work on site this month are permitted to close the following lanes in both directions of MD 185: one lane—weekdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; one lane –Sunday through Thursday, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.; and two lanes—Sunday through Thursday, 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Additional work times and lane closures may be necessary to expedite all phases of work and keep the project on schedule. Equipment used for construction may be disruptive. MDOT SHA’s contractor is Ardent Company of McLean, Va.

For more information about this project, please contact Mr. Mark Rios, MDOT SHA Project Engineer, 240-417-5597, mrios@sha.state.md.us or Mr. Bill Kucharek, MDOT SHA District 3 Area Engineer, bkucharek@sha.state.md.us , 301-513-7452.
 
8/31/2018No activity on this project is expected until later this fall.
 
1/1/2017Engineering underway. Construction to begin during current fiscal year.
 


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