Project to Ease Congestion in Bethesda Means More Traffic on Rockville Pike This Summer

Bethesda, Md., is getting an improved intersection, but first, a summer of construction-related traffic.

At 12:01 a.m. Friday, a 1,000-foot section of Cedar Lane between Rockville Pike and Beach Drive will close, and it’s not expected to reopen until the end of summer. The Elmhurst Parkway entrance to a neighborhood off Cedar Lane also will be closed.

The state is adding a right turn lane to help traffic flow better on the Pike. Nearby, The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center has seen an uptick in traffic since base realignment.

The work is complicated, as culverts and water-flow issues must be fixed.

The State Highway Administration estimates 15,000 cars per day drive the stretch of Cedar Lane daily. Those cars will have to use Rockville Pike instead.

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