MONTGOMERY COUNTY COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
This page has chronological updates about the BRAC process, as discussed at community meetings.
Overview of BRAC at Bethesda Naval Hospital:
- Map of impacted communities and intersections near Bethesda Naval Hospital (pdf)
- Walter Reed-Bethesda: Naval Support Activityy-Bethesda Home Page
Go to the Response Page for updates on proposed road, transit and infrastructure improvements to address BRAC impacts, and the Studies & Reports Page for detailed histories of these projects.
The Walter Reed BRAC Integration Committee ("BIC") generally meets QUARTERLY. The next BIC meeting will be TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014, 7:00 PM.
Agenda for the Jan. 21, 2014 BIC meeting TBD but will include updates from the County's BRAC Coordinator, the State Highway Administration, and government and community stakeholders.
- Summaries of BRAC Integration Committee Meetings
- April 2013-January 2014:
January 21, 2014 meeting summary (coming)
- Summary of BRAC Transportation Projects and Commuting Options
- 10-2-13 Gazette.Net: State to chop down 90 mature trees to widen Jones Bridge Road -- Part of BRAC project; planning board objects
11-7-13 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Commander's Column -- Updated information related to the many ongoing construction projects aboard Naval Support Activity Bethesda
- 10-24-13 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: NSAB Parking Changes Make Way for New Construction
- 11-21-13 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Base Parking Changes: The Navy Exchange parking garage will turn over to retail only Nov. 30. A new parking garage will open on Nov. 29 and be open for several colors of parking passes. More information to follow.
- 12-2-13 WTOP 103.5 FM: Kids of wounded warriors to remain at Bethesda school
- 9-27-13 Montgomery County Government: Leggett Announces Availability of First Montgomery County Bikeshare Stations; Program is First Bikeshare in Maryland
- 10-13-13 Washington Post: Purple Line: Public-private transit partnership would be one of the broadest in U.S.
11-27-13 Washington Post: Montgomery County Council approves transportation plan
- 11-26-13 Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation: Council approves Master Plan for Bus Rapid Transit System
- 12-1-13 Washington Post: Montgomery’s bus rapid transit looks like a feel-good plan rather than a realistic blueprint -- Commentary by Robert McCartney
- 10-4-13 Bethesda Now: MoCo Budgeting For Rockville Pike BRT Conceptual Plan
- 11-1-13 Bethesda Now: BRT Worksession Reveals Fundamental Differences On 355 Corridor
- 11-12-13 Washington Post: Montgomery taking a hard look at bus rapid transit
- 10-14-13 Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation: Bethesda Avenue-Woodmont Avenue project (parking lot #31) update: Concrete operations continue
- 9-27-13 Bethesda Now: Serving Together Launches Campaign To Connect Local Veterans
9-26-13 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Clark Assumes Command of WRNMMC
- 10-10-13 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Clark Says Core Values, Loyalty ‘to Those We Are Privileged to Serve’ Drive Mission
- 11-7-13 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Warrior Care Month inTransition Assists Troops in Continuum of Mental Health Care
- 9-30-13 New York Times: (VIDEO) Retro Report: And This Was Called Care? The Walter Reed Story -- The Battle for Recovery: In 2007, the scandalous treatment of wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center shocked the nation. Today, after major reforms, what’s changed for America’s injured soldiers?
- 10-1-13 Military Times: New Defense Health Agency opens for business
- 10-7-13 Gazette.Net: Thousands remain out of work as government shutdown continues -- Walter Reed employees return to work; Navy scrubs birthday concert
- 9-26-13 Forest Glen Annex, U.S. Army Fort Detrick: Draft Final Engineering Evaluation / Cost Analysis (EE/CA) For Non-time Critical Removal Action Control of Exposure to Near-Surface Waste (103 pp)
- 11-5-13 Washington Post: Capital Business -- Team led by Hines Interests named master developer of 67-acre Walter Reed campus
- 10-10-13 Washington Post: Capital Business -- Fort Meade transforming from Army base to cyber city
- 11-30-13 Federal News Radio 1500 AM: Fed Access: A BRAC update and more -- This week on "Fed Access", host Derrick Dortch gets a BRAC update from Dr. Andrea Morris, BRAC Coordinator and Community Resilience director for Arlington County Virginia. Dr. Morris will discuss how base closure and realignment has impacted the county's economy, and what officials have learned from the process.
Septenber 17, 2013 meeting summary (6 pp)
- Summary of BRAC Transportation Projects and Commuting Options
PRESENTATION: Naval Support Activity-Bethesda (NSAB) Final EIS and Record of Decision (ROD) (10 pp)
- 9-11-13 Bethesda Now: Navy Gives Formal Go-Ahead On Base Construction
- 7-19-13 Bethesda Now: Navy Releases Final Study Of New Parking, Construction At Walter Reed
- 7-19-13 Walter Reed National Military Medical Center: Environmental Impact Statement for Medical Facilities Development & University Expansion at NSA Bethesda -- EIS can be found in the "Document Library"
- 8-13-13 County Executive Ike Leggett Comments on Final EIS (2 pp)
- 8-8-13 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: New Lanes Opening to Improve Traffic Flow
- 8-22-13 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Bicycling Workshop Rolls out a New Way to Commute
- 9-18-13 Bethesda Now: Neighborhood Parking Hard Problem To Solve Around Military Medical Center
6-21-13 Gazette.Net: $68 million project to ease traffic on Rockville Pike, increase pedestrian safety -- Including: pedestrian tunnel and high-speed elevators to Medical Center Metro
- 8-28-13 County Dept. of General Services, Office of Procurement: Proposed Awardees for BRAC MD 355 Crossing Project (scroll down to #1027863
- 8-26-13 WRC/NBC4 TV: Potential Metro Red Line Closure Years Away -- Structural and maintenance problems at the Friendship Heights and Medical Center stations have Metro considering closure for several weeks
6-21-13 Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA): Resurfacing Project on MD 185 Will Impact Traffic Through Late August -- Motorists Should Expect Lane Closures on Connecticut Avenue
- 8-4-13 Washington Post: Dr. Gridlock’s traffic, transit tips: What’s happening with ‘single-tracking?’ -- Paving Progress on Connecticut Ave at Jones Bridge Road; ICC Bus Changes
- 7-2-13 Bethesda-Chevy Chase Patch: Repaving Begins on Connecticut Ave. at Jones Bridge Rd. -- Work crews are entering into the final phase of the intersection improvement project
- 6-17-13 MCDOT Traffic Study and Preliminary Designs to complete traffic safety mitigation project for Chevy Chase Valley neighborhood: Platt Ridge Drive extension (NOTE some of these files are very large)
8-9-13 State Highway Administration: SHA Completes Resurfacing on MD 355 in Bethesda Beginning This Sunday Night -- Motorists Should Expect Traffic Impacts on Wisconsin Avenue Through Late Fall
- 8-11-13 WRC / NBC4 TV: Major Road Work to Slog Bethesda, Chevy Chase
- 8-9-13 Bethesda-Chevy Chase Patch: Wisconsin Avenue Resurfacing to Begin Sunday Night: Weather permitting, the work should be completed by the late fall -- The state highway administration will resurface one mile of Wisconsin Avenue (Maryland state Route 355) from Montgomery Avenue to Jones Bridge Road and more than a mile of Wisconsin Avenue from the Washington, DC, line to Bradley Boulevard
- 8-26-13 WTOP 103.5 FM: Lane closures to begin Monday on Maryland's 355
- 8-8-13 Bethesda Now: Lot 31 Excavation Almost Done, Road Closure Set For Aug. 17
- 6-27-13 Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation: Metro Update: Red Line maintenance now available for several months in advance
- 7-11-13 Maryland Transit Administration: MTA Responds to Public Support for ICC Commuter Buses
7-9-13 Bethesda Now: AAA: Defense Furloughs Could Mean Less Traffic
- 8-3-13 USA TODAY: Military hospitals shrinking services to meet spending cuts: Because of staff furloughs, patients are asked to practice more patience in getting health care needs met -- Patients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and other premier military hospitals are being sent to private doctors and having surgery and other treatment delayed because of furloughs to medical personnel, according to interviews and internal documents
- 8-6-13 WTOP 103.5 FM: Sequester cuts hit Walter Reed; staff members weigh in
- 8-6-13 WJLA/ABC7 TV: DOD spending cuts hit Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda
- 8-7-13 Baltimore Sun: Pentagon cuts civilian furlough days -- 45,000 in Maryland affected; unpaid leave for most to end next week
- 7-18-13 FOX News: Military communities brace for 'hardship' as defense furloughs take effect -- Among those to first raise concerns about the furloughs were advocates for wounded combat soldiers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center -- the country’s top facility for wounded warriors. Roughly 2,400 workers at the suburban Washington facility – including doctors and therapists -- were notified in May about being furloughed, which advocates say could jeopardize the quality of care.
- 8-28-13 USA TODAY: Military civilian medical workers quit after furloughs
7-4-13 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Healing Plaza Dedication Trumpets Integration Success
- 8-8-13 United States Navy: Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) Researchers Help Demonstrate Vaccine Protects Against Malaria
- 8-15-13 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Warrior Transition Brigade (WTB) Prepares Wounded, Ill and Injured Soldiers for Next Steps
- 8-29-13 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Eco Friendly Navy Exchange Recognized With Award
- 9-12-13 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: NSAB Holds Change of Command Ceremony
- 9-12-13 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Clark to Assume Command of Walter Reed Bethesda
- 8-7-13 Gazette.Net: Walter Reed pharmacies closed on weekends
7-25-13 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Commander's Column -- For eight years, Navy Medicine National Capital Area (NCA) has ensured a seamless integration through Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), representing the Navy component to the Joint Task Force – Capital Medical Region (JTF CapMed), and serving as a conduit of information for the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED). Next week, on July 31, we will bid the NCA team farewell, and show our appreciation for their tireless efforts, as they disestablish during a ceremony in the Memorial Auditorium at 10 a.m.
- 9-12-13 U.S. Department of Defense: Defense Health Agency leans forward to change
- 8-8-13 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Navy Medicine National Capital Area Stands Down
- 7-17-13 Federal Daily.com: DOD updates Congress on Defense Health Agency plan
- 7-16-13 NextGov.com: Pentagon Expects to Save $2.4 Billion by Reforming Military Health Care
- 8-30-13 Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation: Bikeshare Coming Soon to Montgomery County -- Memberships Now Available
- 9-5-13 Washington Post: Weekend MARC trains between D.C. and Baltimore will start Dec. 7, O’Malley announces
- 8-5-13 Gazette.Net: State earmarks $1 billion in transportation money for Montgomery -- Purple Line to receive $680 million, CCT slated for $100 million
- 7-26-13 Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation: County Council public hearing September 24: Countywide transit corridors plan ***NEW DATE
- 8-5-13 Bethesda Now: Suburban Hospital Close To Applying For Expansion Project
7-12-13 Fort Detrick Standard: Forest Glen Annex Temporarily Closing Gate -- Beginning July 15, Forest Glen Annex will close Linden Gate to vehicles and pedestrians due to furlough staffing reductions. All vehicles and pedestrians must use Brookville Gate for all entries and exits, 24/7. With this change, the Montgomery County Ride-on Bus Number 4 will no longer enter the installation, and riders should use the Linden & Warren Street bus stop, and walk down to Brookville Rd. for installation access. Northbound riders are advised to use the Number 2 Northbound to access the post interior, which will eliminate the long walk to the post.
- 6-26-13 Washington Post: Access to Silver Spring’s Forest Glen during toxic-chemical cleanup worries neighbors
- 9-11-13 Gazette.Net: Residents, board protest temporary fence for Forest Glen Annex contamination -- Army Corps to offer public comment period
- 7-26-13 Fort Detrick Standard: Attractant or No Attractant? That is the Question for Researchers at Forest Glen Annex
- 8-1-13 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Museum Bridges Gap between Medicine of the Past and Medicine of the Future
- 6-21-13 Gazette.Net: Construction of intelligence campus in Bethesda underway -- New, greener buildings and walking paths
- 7-22-13 Washington Post: NSA growth fueled by need to target terrorists
- 7-9-13 U.S. Department of Defense: Fort Belvoir Hospital Aims to Redefine Military Health Care
June 18, 2013 meeting summary (6 pp)
- Summary of BRAC Transportation Projects and Commuting Options
6-4-13 Bethesda Now: County Holding Public Meeting On Rockville Pike Tunnel
- 6-10-13 Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation: Public Meeting June 18: MD355 Multimodal Crossing Project
6-18-13 PRESENTATION: MCDOT PUBLIC MEETING on MD 355 Multimodal Crossing Project at the Medical Center Metro Station (15 pp)
- MCDOT Web Site for the BRAC MD 355 Multimodal Crossing Project
5-29-31 MCDOT Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) for MD 355 Multimodal Crossing Project (40 pp)
- Procurement information for REOI (scroll down to Project #1027863)
- 4-19-13 MCDOT Industry Information Meeting for Design-Build MD 355 Multimodal Crossing Project at the Medical Center Metro Station and the MD 355/Jones Bridge Road Intersection Improvement Project
- 4-19-13 MCDOT Industry Information: Detailed Presentation (28 pp)
- 6-19-13 WTOP 103.5 FM: Plan would create pedestrian crossing under Md. 355
3-27-13 WTOP 103.5 FM: Wounded warriors can't find parking for treatment at Walter Reed
- 5-23-13 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Bethesda Notebook -- Spring Commuter Fair
- 5-2-13 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Drop Arm to be Lowered Soon -- On, or about, Monday, May 6, the drop arms at Building 54 and Building 32 (Multi Use Parking Structure) will be in operation. To enter these garages, you must have a proximity card issued by Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bethesda Security to open the gate.
- 3-25-13 Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation: Who to call for Residential Parking Permit enforcement issues
6-10-13 Draft Timeline for EIS for Medical Center Development and University Expansion at Naval Support Activity-Bethjesda
- 6-11-13 Stars and Stripes: Former Landstuhl commander slated for Army's top medical job in Europe -- Also selected for promotion to one-star, Col. Jeffrey B. Clark is expected to pin on his new rank July 1 and transfer command July 30 before heading off to command Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
- 6-17-13 Bethesda Now: Defense Department Establishes First Brain Tissue Repository In Bethesda
6-16-13 Washington Post: Dr. Gridlock -- Road-work season spreads across Maryland -- Several state projects are underway in the hope of improving travel near the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, sandwiched between Rockville Pike and Connecticut Avenue in Bethesda
- 5-16-13 SHA Presentation to NIH on Old Georgetown Rd / West Cedar Lane intersection project (9 pp)
- 3-28-13 Bethesda Now: Examiner Editorial: Do Away With Rockville Pike ‘Death Lane’ — The ever provocative Washington Examiner editorial board yesterday came out against the State Highway Administration’s proposed extra lane for Rockville Pike at Cedar Lane. The Board labeled it a “death lane,” because an independent traffic analyst hired by residents against the project concluded it would cause safety issues in a merge area. SHA officials at the March 19 meeting cited in the editorial denied that, saying the designed merge area is standard throughout the state and country.
6-7-13 Gazette.Net: Riders argue against cancellation of ICC bus routes -- Maryland Transit Administration could discontinue service by August
- 6-7-13 WTOP 103.5 FM: Three ICC bus routes face the chopping block
- 5-24-13 Bethesda Now: Leggett Asks MTA To Reconsider Cutting Walter Reed Commuter Bus
5-24-13 Letter from County Executive Leggett to MTA Concerning Proposals to Eliminate Commuter Bus Routes Serving Bethesda Medical Center (2 pp)
- 5-31-13 Western Montgomery Citizens Advisory Board letter to County Execuitve (2 pp)
- 6-10-13 Letter to MTA from Council Member Roger Berliner (2 pp)
- 5-24-13 WTOP 103.5 FM: MTA proposes route cuts to commuter buses
- 5-21-13 Bethesda Now: Bethesda BRAC Watchers Not Happy With State’s Plan For Commuter Bus
5-18-13 Bethesda-Chevy Chase Patch: State of Maryland to Cancel 3 ICC Bus Routes? -- Gaithersburg, Ft. Meade, Bethesda, Columbia and College Park could lose some public transportation options.
- 5-13-13 Maryland Transit Administration (MTA): Notice of Public Hearings -- The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) gives notice of 3 public hearings on proposed changes to the ICC commuter bus routes. The MTA is proposing to reallocate resources from three of the routes to other transit bus service due to low ridership. The affected commuter bus routes are: Nos. 202, 203, and 205. Route No. 202 operates weekday peak service between Gaithersburg and DOD/Fort Meade. Route No. 203 operates weekday peak service between Columbia and Bethesda. Route No. 205 operates weekday peak service between College Park and Germantown. The proposed date to discontinue service is August 1, 2013.
4-4-13 Bethesda Now: The Most Disruptive Construction Zones In Bethesda
- 5-23-13 Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation: Bethesda Avenue-Woodmont Avenue project (parking lot #31) update
- 5-21-13 Gazette.Net: More blasting scheduled in Bethesda -- Residents should expect five months of blasting
- 3-25-13 Montgomery County Government: Department of Transportation Seeks Resident Involvement; New Brochure Details Opportunities for Public Input
5-31-13 Gazette.Net: Comment period extended on proposed Montgomery bus rapid transit system -- Public has until June 7 to weigh in on plan
- 5-30-13 Bethesda Now: Planning Board Agrees To Extend Public Commenting Period On Bus Rapid Transit
- 5-17-13 WTOP 103.5 FM: Montgomery County residents speak out on bus rapid transit
- 5-17-13 Bethesda Now: Bus Rapid Transit Hearing Shows Much Is Left To Debate
- 5-21-13 Bethesda Now: Ditching Cars For Bus Rapid Transit A Tough Sell
- 4-4-13 County Planning Board Work Session on Countywide BRT Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan -- Repurposing two lanes of MD 355
- 6-12-13 Bethesda Now: Bethesda Trolley Trail Extension To Include Shared Lane
- 6-2-13 Bethesda-Chevy Chase Patch: With Bikeshare Come New Bike Lanes for Montgomery County -- The county transportation department will spend $200,000 preparing roads in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Rockville, Silver Spring and Takoma Park
- 5-18-13 WTOP 103.5 FM: Purple Line will rely on federal, private funding
- 5-19-13 Bethesda-Chevy Chase Patch Capital News Service): Corridor Cities Transitway, Traffic Relief in the Distance for Commuters -- Maryland looks to buses to loosen traffic-tied I-270
3-27-13 Gazette.Net: Gate changes at Forest Glen Annex
- 5-3-13 Gazette.Net: Army finds contaminants, not source, at Forest Glen Annex -- Study identifies high levels of chloroform, arsenic
- 5-17-13 Fort Detrick Standard: Fort Detrick and Forest Glen Annex Restoration Advisory Board Updates
- 4-5-13 WTOP 103.5 FM (Associated Press): Einstein's brain in 3D at Md. military museum
- 5-30-13 Marine Link.com: Engineers Put Next-Generation U.S. Navy Ships to the Test
- 5-31-13 WTOP 103.5 FM: Vets fume over Walter Reed furloughs
4-1-13 Washington Post: Capital Business -- Officially complete, BRAC continues to change local area
- 5-30-13 Baltimore Business Journal: $2.5B Fort Meade project offers an in on specialized security work
- 5-15-13 WTOP 103.5 FM: Widening of U.S. 1 to ease Fort Belvoir commute -- This fall, a project to widen U.S. 1/Richmond Highway between Telegraph Road and Mount Vernon Memorial Highway will begin to help ease the commute to Fort Belvoir. Funded by the Department of Defense, the project will cost $180 million and will take three years to complete. It will widen the road from four lanes to six.