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Road Closure: Cedar Lane to Close Friday Morning in Bethesda

A section of Cedar Lane between Rockville Pike and Elmhirst Parkway in Bethesda will close early Friday.

Part of Cedar Lane will be closed to traffic starting Friday and should reopen Aug.. 22. File|Patch
Part of Cedar Lane will be closed to traffic starting Friday and should reopen Aug.. 22. File|Patch

Just after midnight Friday morning, June 6, the State Highway Administration will close a section of Cedar Lane between MD 355 (Rockville Pike) and Elmhirst Parkway in Bethesda for the summer, according to a news release.

The closure is part of the $13.8 million Bethesda Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) MD 355 intersection reconstruction project at Cedar Lane. This improvement project will add new turn and through lanes, sidewalk and upgraded traffic signals as part of the construction.

“This temporary closure will allow crews to replace underground pipes and install a new traffic signal at Elmhirst Parkway and Cedar Lane,” said Brian Young, district engineer for Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. “We thank drivers and residents for their patience this summer, and to please use the signed detour route.”

Weather permitting, the road should open by Aug. 22.

Covered temporary traffic signs are in place and will be uncovered overnight on Thursday, directing area drivers to use MD 547 (Strathmore Avenue/Knowles Avenue), MD 355 and Summit Avenue. Vehicles will not be able to reach Elmhirst Parkway from Cedar Lane.

Thousands of vehicles use this busy section of MD 355 daily to reach the National Institute of Health, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Naval Support Activity Bethesda, downtown Bethesda and area residences.  

For more information contact the SHA District 3 Office at shadistrict3@sha.state.md.us or by calling 301-513-7300. Travelers can plan their routes by visiting www.MD511.org, and view area traffic cameras and and lane closures in Montgomery County.

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