IMAGE: Carroll Avenue Bridge. Sligo Creek Parkway and construction can be glimpsed at bottom left. Photo by Bill Brown.
BY BILL BROWN
MAR 11 — The Sligo Creek Parkway section that passes under the Carroll Avenue bridge in Takoma Park may be closed the week of March 21 – 25 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.
The contractor rebuilding the bridge has requested permission to close it in able to move large materials into place prior to construction. The roadway on top of the bridge will remain open. The parkway underneath, the section between Old Carroll Ave. and Maple Avenue, would be closed.
Takoma Park public works director Daryl Braithwaite informed the city council of the request at the regular Wednesday night meeting. Mayor Kate Stewart asked Braithewait to request a week delay to coincide with the county school spring break week. She was concerned the road closing would interfere with school bus schedules.
Detour map sent to the city by the Maryland State Highway Administration.
When bridge reconstruction begins the road – Carroll Avenue – will be closed. Currently the plan is to close it in June, 2016, reopen it in December 2017. Detour routes will be marked.
The week-long Sligo Creek Parkway closing was a surprise to the city, as was another construction-related request for night-time demolition for four nights: June 10, 27, 28, and July 1 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. This would necessitate another Sligo Creek Parkway closure between Old Carroll Ave. and Maple Avenue.
Braithwaite speculated that the demolition will consist of noise from jack-hammering and falling chunks of concrete. It will also likely involve bright lights. It will be “quite an exciting thing to see,” she said.
Part of the construction process underneath the Carroll Avenue bridge. Photo by Bill Brown.
Councilmember Fred Schultz made the tongue-in-cheek suggestion that the city set up bleachers so residents could watch.
The council discussed the importance of getting word of the night-time demolition to residents. Mailings, signs, email and use of the city website were all suggested.
Mayor Kate Stewart noted with concern that the June 10 demolition falls a day before ACT testing in local schools.
The city website has a page with information and links about the bridge reconstruction.
Carroll Avenue bridge underside, March, 2015. Photo by Bill Brown