Major Bridge Work in 2015; MD 195 (Carro ll Avenue) over Sligo Creek and Sligo Creek Pa rkway – Community Advisory
- Bridge work to support safety and mobility.
The MD 195 (Carroll Avenue) bridge over Sligo Creek and Sligo Creek
Parkway is scheduled for major rehabilitation starting in the spring of
2015. The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will replace the
bridge deck, sidewalk, and railings, and rehabilitate major elements of
the bridge, including the beams and columns that support the deck above
the two arches. In order to complete the necessary work safely, the
bridge will be closed and traffic will be detoured during construction.
For additional information, you are invited to attend a meeting on
October 2, 2013. The informational workshop will acquaint the public
with the project. Display boards will show operational and safety
improvements, and SHA representatives will be available to discuss
project issues and answer questions concerning construction. No formal
presentation will be given. Feel free to arrive at any time and walk
through at your own pace.
Takoma Park Middle School – Cafeteria
7611 Piney Branch Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Why is the work necessary?
This work is part of SHA’s bridge system preservation program aimed
at providing reliable facilities in a timely manner. It will ensure the
continued safe operation of the bridge and extend the service life of
the 81-year old structure. The bridge is eligible for inclusion in the
National Register of Historic Places; therefore, SHA will make every
effort to maintain the appearance of the bridge while still meeting
current codes and safety requirements.
How will vehicle and pedestrian traffic be impacted?
During construction, SHA crews will close Carroll Avenue at the bridge
and vehicles will be detoured. Pedestrian traffic will be maintained on
a temporary bridge directly adjacent to MD 195 over Sligo Creek Bridge.
Access to all residential, business, hospital and trail entrances
adjacent to the work zone will also be maintained.
What detours will be in place?
Motorists north and south of MD 195 over Sligo Creek Bridge wishing to
continue on MD 195 beyond the project site will be directed to a traffic
detour utilizing Flower Avenue, Maplewood Avenue, Maple Avenue and MD
410 (Philadelphia Road). The detour length is 1.25 miles, and will be
improved at several locations to accommodate the additional traffic –
these locations include the intersections of Hilltop Road and Sligo
Creek Parkway, Maplewood Avenue and Flower Avenue, and Old Carroll Road
and Sligo Creek Parkway. Also, while Sligo Creek Parkway is closed to
motorists on Sundays, motorists may use it as a detour route during the
week and Saturday, reducing detour length to less than one mile. A
separate detour utilizing only State-owned roadways will be in place for
commercial trucks, and Montgomery County Ride-On Transit is evaluating
alternatives to minimize impacts to the bus routes and bus stop
locations during the closure.
Have any other alternatives been considered?
Project engineers considered constructing a temporary bridge to
maintain one lane of vehicular traffic during construction. However, a
temporary bridge to support vehicles would have to be larger than the
proposed temporary pedestrian bridge, including approach roadways
requiring an extensive clearing of wooded parkland adjacent to the
bridge, and would add one year to the project. The chosen alternative
will take the shortest time to construct and minimize the impacts to the
What is the project schedule?
Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in the spring 2015 and
the bridge is anticipated to be closed for one year. Additionally, some
construction will take place before and after the bridge is closed, but
will be able to do so while it carries traffic. Work will not start
until construction is completed on MD 650 (New Hampshire Avenue) over
Sligo Creek Bridge. SHA will make every effort to complete this project
as quickly as possible while minimizing impacts to local residents and
For more information on this project, please visit SHA’s website at
www.roads.maryland.gov and click on Projects and
Studies/Transportation Projects Page/Montgomery County/Bridge 1503300
over Sligo Creek Parkway and Sligo Creek.
Catherine E. Plevy
Public Information Officer (PIO)
Office of the Chief of Police
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, Maryland 20912
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