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County:Montgomery Project Number:MO854_51
MD 0097 GEORGIA AVENUE AT RANDOLPH ROAD
Status
3/2/2018Crews recently completed the opening of the tunnel beneath Georgia Avenue on eastbound Randolph Road. Work continues on a retaining wall and other various items this winter. The project is now 85 percent complete. Progress permitting, the project should be complete by year end 2018. For more information about this project, please contact MDOT SHA Project Engineer Troy Callender at tcallender@sha.state.md.us or MDOT SHA District 3 Area Engineer Bill Kucharek 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 Complete
Engineering Complete
Right-of-Way Complete
Construction Spring 2014 Spring 2018
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
 
3/2/2018Crews recently completed the opening of the tunnel beneath Georgia Avenue on eastbound Randolph Road. Work continues on a retaining wall and other various items this winter. The project is now 85 percent complete. Progress permitting, the project should be complete by year end 2018. For more information about this project, please contact MDOT SHA Project Engineer Troy Callender at tcallender@sha.state.md.us or MDOT SHA District 3 Area Engineer Bill Kucharek at bkucharek@sha.state.md.us
 
2/15/2018MAJOR TRAFFIC SHIFT COMING TO MD 97/RANDOLPH ROAD INTERSECTION ON FEBRUARY 17


New Traffic Pattern Will be in Effect After Traffic Switch Complete

(February 13, 2018) – The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will switch traffic at the MD 97 (Georgia Avenue)/Randolph Road intersection into a new configuration beginning at 6 a.m., Saturday, February 17.

The work is part of the $39.6 million interchange construction project in Montgomery County. The new traffic pattern will be in effect by 7 p.m.

In case of inclement weather, the work will take place on Saturday, February 24.

The shift will enable drivers on eastbound Randolph Road to access the two far left lanes through the new tunnel underneath Georgia Avenue continuing eastbound Randolph Road. The shift improves access to the Glenmont Shopping Plaza, where drivers will use the far-left lane to enter the shopping center.

Drivers who wish to access either direction of MD 97 from eastbound Randolph Road should bear right at the split and make either a left turn onto northbound MD 97 or a right turn onto southbound MD 97. Drivers traveling in the through lanes on eastbound Randolph Road past the MD 97/Randolph Road intersection will only be allowed to make a right turn at the next intersection at Randolph Road and Glenmont Circle.

New pavement markings, sign installation and traffic signal work are key parts of the traffic switch. There will be no lane closures during the traffic switch. Law enforcement will direct traffic through the intersection. Drivers should expect delays and use alternate routes, including MD 185(Connecticut Avenue).

While MDOT SHA and its transportation partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert and look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Work Zone Safety is in Your Hands. For a list of all major MDOT SHA projects, click on Road Ready, MDOT SHA's electronic construction brochure. For a look at real-time commute conditions, log onto www.md511.org.


 
2/13/2018***TRAFFIC ALERT***

MAJOR TRAFFIC SHIFT COMING TO MD 97/RANDOLPH ROAD INTERSECTION ON FEBRUARY 17

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will switch traffic at the MD 97 (Georgia Avenue)/Randolph Road intersection into a new configuration beginning at 6 a.m., Saturday, February 17.

The work is part of the $39.6 million interchange construction project in Montgomery County. The new traffic pattern will be in effect by 7 p.m.
In case of inclement weather, the work will take place on Saturday, February 24.

The shift will enable drivers on eastbound Randolph Road to access the two far left lanes through the new tunnel underneath Georgia Avenue continuing eastbound Randolph Road. The shift improves access to the Glenmont Shopping Plaza, where drivers will use the far-left lane to enter the shopping center.

Drivers who wish to access either direction of MD 97 from eastbound Randolph Road should bear right at the split and make either a left turn onto northbound MD 97 or a right turn onto southbound MD 97. Drivers traveling in the through lanes on eastbound Randolph Road past the MD 97/Randolph Road intersection will only be allowed to make a right turn at the next intersection at Randolph Road and Glenmont Circle.

New pavement markings, sign installation and traffic signal work are key parts of the traffic switch. There will be no lane closures during the traffic switch. Law enforcement will direct traffic through the intersection. Drivers should expect delays and use alternate routes, including MD 185(Connecticut Avenue).





 
12/4/2017Underground geotechnical activity related to the project continues this fall. Storm water management facility work is now nearly 90 percent complete. Overall roadway and interchange construction continues as well.

The overall project is now nearly 80 percent complete and should wrap up by the end of 2018.

For more information on this project, please contact MDOT SHA Project Engineer Troy Callender at tcallender@sha.state.md.us or MDOT SHA District 3 Area Engineer Bill Kucharek at bkucharek@sha.state.md.us
 
10/17/2017***TRAFFIC ALERT***

CREWS TO PERFORM TRAFFIC SHIFT AT GEORGIA AVENUE/RANDOLPH ROAD INTERSECTION THIS SATURDAY

Drivers Should Avoid the Area and Expect Delays

(October 17, 2017) – Beginning at 6 a.m. Saturday, October 21, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will temporarily close travel lanes at the MD 97 (Georgia Avenue)/ Randolph Road intersection in Silver Spring, Montgomery County. The lane closures are necessary to continue the interchange project at this location. All travel lanes will open by 7 p.m. Saturday. In case of inclement weather, the work will take place on Saturday, October 28.

During the lane closures, crews will conduct paving operations on eastbound and westbound Randolph Road. Multiple lanes on Georgia Avenue and Randolph Road will temporarily close between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. All lanes being resurfaced as part of the paving operation will remain closed until the asphalt is completely set and it is safe for the traveling public.

“All drivers should plan extra travel time or avoid the area and use other routes such as MD 185 (Connecticut Avenue) and MD 182 (Layhill Road) as alternate routes,” said Brian Young, SHA District 3 Engineer.

Once the work at the intersection is complete, crews will begin to construct retaining walls that will run parallel and adjacent to westbound Randolph Road. Utility relocation delays on the project have pushed back the original estimated completion date of the end of this year. The new estimated completion date for the project is the end of 2018. Click here for more information about the MD 97/Randolph Road interchange project. Pedestrian traffic will be maintained during the traffic switch.
 
10/11/2017This Saturday morning, beginning at 6 a.m., MDOT SHA crews will perform traffic signal and pavement marking work at the intersection of MD 97 (Georgia Avenue) and Layhill Road for a long-term construction project. The work should be complete by 7 p.m. To complete the work, law enforcement officers will assist crews in temporarily closing up to two lanes on Georgia Avenue and Layhill Road. Drivers should be prepared to stop and obey the commands of law enforcement officers directing traffic in the work zone at all times. Motorists are advised to use MD 185 (Connecticut Avenue) as an alternative. Work zone pedestrian traffic will be maintained at all times. Fore real-time traffic information, please visit www.md511.org or call 1.855.466.3511 using a hands-free device while driving. It’s the law!
 
8/22/2017Ongoing work includes geotechnical monitoring beneath the roadway, excavation and pouring of concrete walls. Concrete beam work is now complete and retaining wall installation has begun.
 
5/1/2017Through late fall, crews are permitted to close one or two lanes on MD 97 (Georgia Avenue) or Randolph Road, Saturdays, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. for continuing work on the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration interchange construction project at MD 97 and Randolph Road.

Additionally, crews are also permitted to close lanes on MD 97, Randolph Road and side streets within the project foot print, Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and overnight, Sunday through Thursday, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Additional lane closures and work times may be necessary to complete all phases of work through the end of the project and keep the project on schedule. For more information about this project, please contact Mr. Troy Callender, SHA Project Engineer, at tcallender@sha.state.md.us.
 
5/1/2017Geotechnical monitoring of WMATA tunnel underneath the roadway continues. Concrete beams for the bridge are erected and grouted. Phase 4 (of seven construction phases) excavation along with soil
nail support also continues. Pile placement continue on the project as well. For more information about this project, please contact Mr. Troy Callender, Project Engineer. at tcallender@sha.state.md.us or Mr. Ed Seeley, SHA District 3 Area Engineer, at eseeley@sha.state.md.us
 
3/27/2017Beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) will temporarily close the MD 97 (Georgia Avenue)/Randolph Road intersection to reconfigure traffic lanes as part of the interchange construction project in Silver Spring, Montgomery County. Weather and progress permitting, crews will open all lanes by 7 p.m. Saturday. In case of inclement weather, the work will take place on Saturday, April 8.

MD 97 (Georgia Avenue) and Randolph Road will be reduced to one lane in each direction, with no turns permitted through the intersection.

During the traffic reconfiguration:

• Only right-turns will be permitted on both roads prior to the intersection;
• Crews will temporarily stop all traffic lanes for up to 15 minutes on both roads to move and relocate existing traffic signals; and
• Law enforcement will direct traffic around the work zone.

The new lane reconfiguration is to create a median work zone for the project. Crews will also relocate traffic signals, move concrete traffic barrier, test and activate traffic signals, resurface the roadway and apply new pavement markings to correspond with new lane configurations. Click here for information about the project.

Pedestrian traffic will be maintained at all times during the traffic switch. Please log onto www.md511.org for up-to-the-minute traffic information or call 1-855-466-3511 using a hands free device while driving. Customers with questions about the work can call the project field office at 240-669-3473.
 
2/28/2017Project and lane closure activity next week includes:

• MD 97 (Georgia Avenue) at Randolph Road. Bridge beam setting. Northbound double lane closures, overnight, Weds. 3/8 and Thurs. 3/9, 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Throughout the lifetime of the project, crews are generally permitted to close lanes on Randolph Road and Georgia Avenue, weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and overnight, Sunday through Thursday, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., although additional lane closures and work times may be necessary to expedite the project.

For more information about this project, please contact Mr. Troy Callender, SHA Project Engineer at tcallender@sha.state.md.us or Mr. Ed Seeley, SHA District 3 Area Engineer, at eseeley@sha.state.md.us.
 
12/13/2016Crews successfully completed a traffic shift for the project on the weekend on December 10. The next phase of work includes continuing bridge deck construction for the interchange. The project is now 50% complete. For more information about this project, please contact SHA project engineer Mr. Troy Callender at tcallender@sha.state.md.us or SHA Area Engineer Mr. Ed Seeley at eseeley@sha.state.md.us.
 
9/26/2016As of this fall, bridge substructure concrete installation is now complete. Geotechnical monitoring of the WMATA/Metro tunnel beneath the roadway is in progress.

The project now stands at 45 percent complete.

For more information regarding this project, please contact Mr. Daniel Wungko, SHA Project Engineer at dwungko@sha.state.md.us or Mr. Ed Seeley, SHA District 3 Area Engineer at eseeley@sha.state.md.us

 
4/21/2016SHA is reviewing its projects to determine any potential impacts connected to an ongoing work stoppage by a large telecommunication provider as it relates to project utility relocations.
 
4/1/2016This winter's unusually cold temperatures have forced crews to delay installing new pavement markings (line striping) within the project limits.

The pavement markings need to be replaced because of heavy traffic and unusually harsh winter weather.

To apply the new pavement markings, crews need temperatures of at least 55 degrees and rising with no precipitation in the forecast.

Once warmer temperatures return, crews will apply the new pavement markings to increase visibility on all traffic lanes.

Weather and progress permitting, the pavement markings installations should be complete either late April or early May.

 
3/28/2016Currently, crews are performing baseline geotechnical monitoring on the project.
Construction activity includes excavation work for a retaining wall as part of the project. Road widening has begun at the Randolph Road/Glenmont Circle intersection including the installation of new sidewalk and curb and gutter.

Through late summer (weather and progress permitting) excavation and soil work within the project limits will continue as well and bridge footing construction.

Through this and all phases of construction, daytime lane closures are permitted on MD 97 and Randolph Road, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and overnight, Sunday through Thursday, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. with additional lane closures as needed to expedite all phases of work and construction. The project now stands at 34% complete.

For more information about this project, please contact Mr. Daniel Wungko, SHA Project Engineer at dwungko@sha.state.md.us or 240-447-6976.
 
3/21/2016Currently, crews are performing baseline geotechnical monitoring on the project. Construction activity includes excavation work for a retaining wall as part of the project.

Road widening has begun at the Randolph Road/Glenmont Circle intersection including the installation of new sidewalk and curb and gutter.

Through late summer (weather and progress permitting) excavation and soil work within the project limits will continue as well and bridge footing construction.

Through this and all phases of construction, daytime lane closures are permitted on MD 97 and Randolph Road, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and overnight, Sunday through Thursday, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. with additional lane closures as needed to expedite all phases of work and construction. The project now stands at 34% complete.
 
11/23/2015Currently, crews are performing storm drain installation work Begins
along Judson Road from Randolph Road to Sheraton Street. Daytime parking restrictions are in effect along Judson Street, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through late November. Drivers are advised to please allow extra time to find alternate parking. For information regarding this work or parking restrictions, please contact Mr. Maurice Kerr, SHA Project Engineer at 443-307-7791 or mkerr@sha.state.md.us.

The project now stands at 23% complete. Weather permitting, the project should be complete late summer 2017.
 
10/22/2015After the traffic switch onto a new roadway earlier this summer, crews continue work on retaining walls for the interchange construction project. Other current work includes installation of support for those walls as well.

Tie-in of a new water main for the project is scheduled to begin in late October or early November (weather permitting). Through all phases of construction, road users may encounter off-peak various temporary lane closures on both MD 97 and Randolph Road, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and overnight, Sunday through Thursday, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
 
7/28/2015
SHA appreciates the patience of area residents and travelers during the July 24-26 traffic shift.

Crews are now working on the next phase of the project, which includes bridge foundation work and retaining wall construction.

 
7/17/2015Construction crews will shift traffic onto newly constructed pavement lanes within the construction work zone on the weekend of July 24-26; all traffic lanes should open by Monday, July 27 at 5 a.m. Drivers will be able to make left and right turn lanes onto/from MD 97 and Randolph Road. Pedestrian access will be maintained. Once the traffic shift is complete, crews will begin work on the next phase of the project, which includes bridge foundation work and retaining wall construction.
 
5/28/2015Current work includes gas, water and sewer relocations. Once utility relocations wrap up, the preliminary stages of the intersection reconstruction can begin.
 
2/26/2015MD 97 at Randolph Road Interchange Construction Fact Sheet

WHERE: Montgomery County

WHAT: This project involves constructing a new interchange to replace the existing MD 97 (Georgia Avenue) /Randolph Road signalized intersection by lowering Randolph Road nearly 25 feet to allow through traffic to go under Georgia Avenue. New turn lanes and ramps will provide turning movements. The project also includes adding one additional through lane along Georgia Avenue for a total of three through lanes in each direction through the interchange. Additional improvements include extending the Glenmont Greenway Trail on the west side of Georgia Avenue an additional 900 feet past Randolph Road to Mason Street and new sidewalks.

WHY: The project will reduce congestion and improve traffic safety by separating through traffic by lowering Randolph Road nearly 25 feet under Georgia Avenue, which will remove traffic conflict points and provide free-flow traffic on Randolph Road through the interchange. The additional through lane on Georgia Avenue also will reduce traffic congestion and improve traffic operations for commuters, pedestrians and cyclists. Extending the Glenmont Greenway Trail will enhance access to the Glenmont Metro Station, helping to increase transit ridership.

WHEN: Construction began June 2014 and should be complete late spring 2017, weather permitting.


 
2/9/2015Crews continue to make progress on multiple utility relocations including water line, gas line and temporary and permanent storm drain work.

The utility relocations also include removal of existing utility poles within the entire project limits, construction of temporary sidewalks and placement of additional street lighting within the project limits to illuminate sidewalks and roadways for pedestrian and vehicular traffic during construction.

Weather permitting, the utility relocations should be complete by early spring. The project is now 12 percent complete. Weather permitting, the project should be complete by 12/30/16
 
9/8/2014The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) has begun preliminary construction on the MD 97 (Georgia Avenue)/Randolph Road Interchange Project in Montgomery County.

Weather permitting, the project should be complete mid 2017. The project will improve traffic operations for vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians in the Glenmont area, facilitate access to the Glenmont Metrorail Station, support current and planned development in the region and MD 97 and improve traffic flow on Randolph Road. The project also includes constructing retaining walls.

To reacquaint the public with the project, SHA has scheduled an Informational Workshop for:

¿ Tuesday, September 30,
¿ 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
¿ John F. Kennedy High School (Cafeteria)
¿ 901 Randolph Road, Silver Spring

Project displays will be available for public viewing and project team members will be available to address questions or concerns about the work. There will be no formal presentation. A copy of a postcard mailer that will begin to arrive at address within/neat the work zone is attached. Please share this information with those who may be impacted by the work.

 
8/5/2014Local community representatives officially broke ground on the project in June 2014, marking the start of a major interchange project in Montgomery County.

As part of the initial phases of construction, underground storage tanks were moved at the northeastern corner of the intersection. Removal of the firehouse at the southeastern corner of the intersection is now underway.
 
3/6/2014The start of work on the main intersection reconstruction project at MD 97 (Georgia Avenue) and Randolph Road is expected to begin later this pring.

The project engineering team is awaiting the issuance of permits for the demolition and storage tank removal project that must be complete before preliminary work on the main intersection project can begin.

Updates on the start of both project are expected to be publicized later this month. SHA officials are also expected to announce the date for a final pre-construction community meeting prior to the start of the main intersection construction project in March or April. The meeting is expected to take place sometime this spring.
 
12/16/2013The design of MD 97 at Randolph Road Interchange Project is complete and was advertised for competitive bidding.

Bids have opened and construction will begin early in 2014. For bid information please visit the SHA Business Center located on the SHA website.

An Advance Utility Breakout Project for this contract began construction in August of 2009 and has finalized relocations in preparation for the interchange.

An Advanced Demolition Contract began construction in December 2013 and will be completed early in 2014. Under this contract, the structures located at the now abandoned BP gas station and Glenmont Automotive Center will be razed.

The start of construction for the interchange is contingent on the relocation of the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department. Currently the fire department is scheduled to complete its relocation to a temporary station in January of 2014.
 


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