More Road Construction Affects Cheverly Residents

Wow. First we have the road work on Cheverly Avenue, very capably explained by Cheverly Town Councilwoman Laila Raizi here (with updates about parking restrictions while work is being completed).

Then we got news about New York Avenue construction that will take 2 years to complete. See details here.

Next I opened the mail to see a notice from the State Highway Administration that the section of the Route 50 interchange nearest to us – Tuxedo Road, Route 50 and headed up towards Kenilworth Avenue by the liquor store and car detailing place – will start a safety and resurfacing project this Spring and finish sometime by Fall, weather permitting. Good news – looks like this work will be done on an overnight schedule. For details, click here.

This mighty be a good year for us Cheverly residents to stay home!

New York Avenue project:

New York Avenue to Lose One-Third of Lane Capacity on/about April 25 Capacity
Reduced Between Penn Street, NE and Florida Avenue, NE DDOT Debuts Bridge Bucks
Transit Incentive Program to Ease Major Commuter Impacts (Washington, D.C.)
Mayor Vincent C. Gray today warned District residents, workers and visitors that
upcoming construction work on New York Avenue, NE could have a significant
impact on traffic in this heavily-traveled corridor. On or about April 25,
weather permitting, New York Avenue commuters will encounter a one-third
reduction in lane capacity between Penn Street, NE and Florida Avenue, NE. The
reduction from six to four lanes is unavoidable for the next two phases of
construction for the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT)
rehabilitation of the aging New York Avenue Bridge over the railroad tracks.

“There’s no other way to do it – this aging structure needs to be replaced for
the safety of everyone who crosses it and for the rail traffic underneath,” said
Mayor Gray, “But I don’t want to understate the impact of taking away two lanes:
there will be backups and it will take you significantly longer to get down New
York Avenue until this project is completed.”

DDOT estimates commuters can expect delays of 15 to 30 minutes in the project
area for the duration of the lane reductions, which are anticipated to last
approximately two years.

“DDOT understands how sizeable the impacts will be in this busy corridor due to
the required closures for this project. To help ease travelers’ pain, several
steps have been taken, including offering real-time traffic and project updates,
identifying alternate routes, and debuting a transit incentive program that will
encourage commuters to try alternatives,” said DDOT Interim Director Terry

To help travelers cope with the change, DDOT is activating a series of tools:
1. New York Avenue Bridge Bucks – DDOT is debuting a transit incentive program
entitled Bridge Bucks that is designed expressly for New York Avenue commuters.
The first 2,000 commuters accepted into the program will receive a monthly
incentive of $50 loaded onto their SmarTrip card or other fare media for
whatever transportation alternative best suits their individual commuting needs
(including bus, rail or vanpool options).  The program is available on a first
come, first serve basis to commuters who commute over the New York Avenue
Bridge, NE. Applications are being accepted now through the project website,

2. Real-Time Traffic Updates – DDOT provides real-time updates on Variable
Message Boards within the New York Avenue corridor. These strategically placed
message boards will be updated constantly to caution travelers about traffic
conditions in the project area, enabling them to divert onto alternate routes.

3. Project Tweets – Before hitting the road, travelers signed up to the project
Twitter account, @NYAve411, will receive regular construction alerts and updates
traffic updates.

4. Alternate Routes – Viable alternate routes for vehicular commuters and a
pedestrian detour have been identified and are available for further exploration
on the project website.

• Option 1: Montana Avenue to Rhode Island Avenue to North Capitol Street •
Option 2: West Virginia Avenue to Florida Avenue • Option 3: South Dakota Avenue
to Rhode Island Avenue to North Capitol Street • Option 4: I-295 to two
potential exits: Benning Road or East Capitol Street 5. Coordination with
Neighbors – DDOT is working in close coordination with transportation and
emergency services in Maryland and Virginia to ensure all are prepared and aware
of the impending pattern shift.

The New York Avenue Bridge, NE is utilized by more than 87,000 vehicles each day
and crosses several busy commuter and freight rail lines run by Amtrak, CSX and
WMATA. DDOT has worked in close coordination with these agencies throughout the
planning process to ensure the safety of both those travelling the rails and
road during construction. This coordination also has served to help identify the
optimal time to begin construction, which takes into account all the possible
impacts on the various modes of transportation in the project area. These
closures are necessary to allow the start of demolition of the west-bound

For more information about the project and to apply for the Bridge Bucks
program, visit the project website, For construction
alerts and updates, follow the project on Twitter, @NYAve411.

DDOT’s New York Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation Project is funded fully by the
American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA).  Construction is scheduled to
continue into 2013. The long term benefits to be gained from the rehabilitation
of the bridge will ease congestion and improve safety.

DDOT encourages all motorists to Stay Alert as they travel in this corridor.


MD 201 (Kenilworth Avenue) Safety and Resurfacing Project


The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) soon begins a safety and resurfacing project on less than a half-mile section of MD 201 (Kenilworth Avenue) between Tuxedo Road (unsigned MD 459) and Frolich Lane in Cheverly. The project should be complete this fall, weather permitting.

Crews will grind and resurface all lanes of MD 201 between Tuxedo Road and Frolich Lane, and the interchange ramps at MD 201 at US 50 (John Hanson Highway) and MD 201 at MD 295 (Baltimore Washington Parkway). Other work includes roadway patching, improving drainage, replacing/repairing curbs and gutters, and upgrading sections of damaged guardrail.

The work is necessary because the existing pavement is deteriorating. The project will improve the roadway for more than 13,000 drivers who use MD 201 for through travels and/or daily commutes between Maryland and Washington, DC. Average daily traffic is expected to increase to more than 18,000 by 2030.


SHA will close lanes as follows:

  • MD 201, MD 295, US 50: Overnight, Sunday through Thursday, 9 p.m. – 5 a.m.
  • Tuxedo Road: Overnight flagging operation, Sunday through Thursday, 9 p.m. – 5 a.m.
  • Ramps (one at a time): Overnight, Sunday through Thursday, 9 p.m. – 5 a.m.

* Ramp closures are not anticipated until late summer and detours will be posted.

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2 Responses to More Road Construction Affects Cheverly Residents

  1. John Priebe says:

    What also needs to be done is extend the merge lane to Rt. 50 East from MD 201 Ave North.

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