I-495 Bridge Project Fact Sheet - January 2002 Update
"Beat the Beltway Blues" -- Use Transit
Four bridge decks are being replaced along I-495 between U.S. 29 (Colesville Road) and MD 97 (Georgia Avenue).
THIS PROJECT IS NEARLY COMPLETE. BRIDGE DECK WORK WILL BE COMPLETE BY MARCH 2002, HOWEVER BARRIER WALL WILL REMAIN IN PLACE UNTIL FINAL RESURFACING IS COMPLETE MID-SUMMER.
Work on the entire project began April 2000. Resurfacing of the two-mile section of I-495 will begin when temperatures are above 50 degrees at night, which is likely by May.
SHA appreciates motorists patience during construction and asks that you slow down and use caution while driving through work zones.
During construction, NO LANES along I-495 have been nor will be closed during rush hours, although lanes have been narrowed and shifted slightly and shoulder areas have been eliminated.
SHA is in the final phase, which begin late fall 2001 and will continue until the completion of the project.
The project is necessary to replace the aging and deteriorating bridge decks as traffic volumes have increased to more than 250,000 vehicles per day along I-495 between U.S. 29 and Georgia Ave.
Two new express bus routes are in use to provide motorists an alternative to Beat the Beltway Blues. New routes include Glenarden to Silver Spring and Glenarden to Bethesda. In addition, transit users have free bus transfers from MTA Route 929 to all Metrobus and Ride On routes. New bus service has been well received and will continue through April 30, 2002.
Montgomery County Commuter Services can be reached at (301) 770-POOL for details of the new service and information regarding the Countys Fare Share discounts or call Len Foxwell, MDOT Director of Washington Area Transit Programs, at (301) 565-9665. You can also call Maryland State Highway at (800) 323-6742 or (410) 545-0300.