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STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION PERMANENTLY SHIFTS RANDOLPH ROAD TRAFFIC IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Traffic Switch Planned for December 18 and 19; Motorists will Shift to Westbound Montrose Parkway

(December 15, 2009) – This weekend, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA), working with the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (DOT), will shift westbound Randolph Road traffic to the newly opened westbound Montrose Parkway between Maple/Chapman avenues and “old” Old Georgetown Road.
The new traffic pattern is part of the $47.2 million MD 355/Montrose Parkway/Randolph Road interchange project in Montgomery County, which began summer 2008.
The traffic shift will begin at approximately 7 p.m. on Friday, December 18 at these locations: 
 
Randolph Road
 
• Drivers traveling on westbound Randolph Road wishing to access Montrose Road will follow westbound Montrose Parkway; make an immediate right onto “old” Old Georgetown Road and then a left onto Montrose Road.  Drivers wishing to access I-270 or all other points west will continue straight through on westbound Montrose Parkway.  Motorists will no longer be able to cross over MD 355 to access Montrose Road.
• Drivers on westbound Randolph Road wishing to continue north and south on MD 355 will follow westbound Montrose Parkway, make an immediate right onto “old” Old Georgetown Road and then another right onto Montrose Road to access MD 355.
Northbound MD 355

• Drivers on northbound MD 355 wishing to access westbound Montrose Road will use the new exit ramp to Montrose Parkway/Randolph Road.  At the bottom of the ramp drivers will make a left at the new signal onto westbound Montrose Parkway and then make an immediate right onto “old” Old Georgetown Road and another right onto Montrose Road where they will turn left at MD 355.  Motorists will no longer be able to turn left from MD 355 to access Montrose Road. 
Montrose Road

• Drivers traveling on eastbound Montrose Road wishing to access north or southbound MD 355 will continue to follow the existing traffic pattern.

SHA is partnering with police and will use variable message signs, barrels and cones to guide motorists through the work zone.  In the event of inclement weather SHA will reschedule the switch.  If the switch is delayed past Sunday, December 20 it will be rescheduled after January 2, 2010. 

The entire interchange project is expected to be complete late-fall 2010, weather permitting.  SHA’s contractor for the $47.2 million project is Concrete General, Inc. of Gaithersburg.  

Customers who have questions about MD 355 or any other State numbered roadway in Montgomery County should call SHA’s District 3 office at 1-800-749-0737.  SHA encourages all motorists to drive responsibly and “Think Orange” while driving through work zones by driving the speed limit and remaining alert at all times.
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