MONTGOMERY COUNTY COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
This page has chronological updates about the BRAC process, as discussed at community meetings.
Overview of BRAC in Bethesda:
- Map of impacted communities and intersections near Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (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 BRAC Integration Committee ("BIC") meets Quarterly or as needed, generally on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. The next BIC meeting is scheduled for September 16, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the BCC Regional Services Center. WEATHER POLICY: If County schools or public facilities are closed due to weather, then a BIC Meeting scheduled for that evening will be cancelled. NOTE: Please contact the County's BRAC Coordinator if you are having specific issues with BRAC-related construction.
- Agenda for the Sept. 16, 2014 BIC meeting: TBD but will include updates from agency and community stakeholders on transportation projects around Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB) and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), and a report on the planned expansion project at Johns Hopkins/Suburban Hospital on Old Georgetown Road.
- Summaries of BRAC Integration Committee Meetings
2014 Committee Meetings:
September 16. 2014 meeting summary (coming)
- Summary of BRAC Transportation Projects and Commuting Options
8-4-14 Maryland SHA: STATE HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION RE-OPENS CEDAR LANE TO TRAFFIC-- While the road is now open to vehicular traffic, the 1000-foot section of Cedar Lane near MD 355 is still an active work zone. Continuing construction activity may require sidewalk closures on this section of Cedar Lane through late 2014. Sidewalk users may be directed to safe crossings within the work zone via orange construction signs cones, barrels, fencing.
- 8-4-14 Gazette.Net: Cedar Lane reopens at Rockville Pike -- Continuing work may close some sidewalks
Cedar Lane Closure, June 6 through August 4, 2014: Project and detour details
- 6-24-14 Bethesda Now: Website For Info, Feedback On Cedar Lane Closure
- 5-21-14 Bethesda Now: Clock Will Be Ticking For Cedar Lane Closure
- 6-4-14 Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA): State Highway Administration Reminds Drivers of Cedar Lane Closure in Bethesda Starting June 6 -- Full Closure With Signed Detour Will Be in Place Through Late August; Motorists Advised to Add Extra Travel Time
5-27-14 Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation: State to close portion of Cedar Lane at Rockville Pike for construction
- 5-29-14 WTOP 103.5 FM: Cedar Lane in Bethesda to close for months
- 6-3-14 Montgomery County Government: Ride On Route 34 Detour to Begin Friday, June 6 -- The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is starting construction on improvements to the Cedar Lane and Maryland Route 355 (Rockville Pike) intersection that will require the detour of Ride On Bus Route 34 beginning June 6 through August 22.
- Overview: Rockville Pike & Cedar Lane Intersection Improvement Project
- 5-19-14 Montgomery County Government: Leggett Joins Lieutenant Governor Brown, Federal Delegation, Local and State Dignitaries to Celebrate Start of Cedar Lane Intersection Improvement; BRAC Project Will Help Reduce Bethesda Traffic Congestion
- 7-10-14 Montgomery County Planning Board to Complete the Mandatory Referral process for the BRAC-related project to extend Platt Ridge Drive from Jones Bridge Road to Montrose Drive in the Chevy Chase Valley neighborhood, and related Disposition of Parkland.
4-25-14 Maryland State Highway Administration: SHA Resurfaces Sections of Roadways in Montgomery County -- Weather Permitting, All Overlay Projects Should Be Complete by Late Summer -- Includes MD 355 (Rockville Pike) from Southwood Drive to Wilson Drive at Medical Center
- 8-1-14 Bethesda Now: Bethesda’s Woodmont Avenue To Reopen In 2 Weeks
- 7-10-14 Bethesda Now: Resurfacing Means Lane Closures In Heart Of Downtown Bethesda
- 4-30-14 Bethesda Magazine: "Welcome to Bethesda" Sign Stays, For Now -- Bethesda officials encouraged the State Highway Administration to look at alternatives that would keep the sign and pedestrian refuge
- 5-30-14 Gazette.Net: SHA mulling Bethesda intersection redesign -- Reducing the curve could make the area safer, the agency says
- 7-25-14 Bethesda Now: BUP (Bethesda Urban Partnership)Reports Record Ridership On Bethesda Circulator
- 7-3-14 Washington Post: Check out The Posts cool new interactive Purple Line map
- 6-20-14 Washington Post: Montgomery makes push to boost Capital Bikeshare memberships
- 8-12-14 Washington Post: At Montgomery fair, promoting bus rapid transit
6-19-14 Naval Support Activity Bethesda Journal: World Class Brief Presented to Independent Review Panel, Staff
- 5-8-14 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Children of Wounded Warriors Will Remain at Bethesda Elementary
- 5-15-14 Naval Support Activity Bethesda/Walter Reed NMMC Journal: USU Corner -- Every year, the Uniform Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), the Department of Defense’s only military medical university, conducts a military medical field practicum (MMFP) exercise that serves as one of the final graded examinations for fourth year tri-service military medical students.
- 6-5-14 Naval Support Activity Bethesda Journal: CDC (Child Development Center) Bethesda -- Providing Care to Support the Mission
- 7-3-14 Naval Support Activity Bethesda Journal: Social Work Puts Focus on Patient Family-Centered Care
- 7-3-14 Naval Support Activity Bethesda Journal: Murtha Cancer Center Highlights Research, Services DODs Only Center of Excellence for Cancer Care Hosts Seminar, Awareness Day
- 7-17-14 Naval Support Activity Bethesda Journal: Walter Reed Bethesda Focused on Improving Administrative Efforts
- 8-21-14 Naval Support Activity Bethesda Journal: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Marks Opening of Sanctuary Hall
- 7-14-14 WJLA/ABC7 TV: Recovering military members and their families benefit from makeover at Walter Reed at Forest Glen
- 7-3-14 Fort Belvoir Eagle: Belvoir Hospital, Malcolm Grow collaborate to provide world-class obstetrics -- Obstetrics patients at Malcolm Grow Womens Health Clinic will soon have their labor and delivery procedures performed at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital or Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to better utilize military resources,
- 7-25-14 Washington Post: The one thing money cant always buy: parking in D.C. -- Parking can turn even the mild-mannered among us into bad neighbors.... Residents around Walter Reed are furious about employees who park on local streets because the campus doesnt have enough parking.
- 4-9-14 Bethesda Now: NIH Public Meeting Brings Up Old Issues Of Traffic, Parking
- 8-20-14 Bethesda Magazine: Suburban Hospital to Break Ground on $230 Million Expansion in October -- Project will add an addition and new parking lot to the hospital
8-1-14 Washington Post (Associated Press): Army extends comment period in Md. trail dispute -- The Army Corps of Engineers is giving people more time to comment on a disputed plan to fence off part of a popular Silver Spring running trail near an old Army landfill. Officials said Friday they will accept comments through Sept. 11 regarding the Ireland Trail near the Forest Glen Annex. The previous deadline was Aug. 11.
- 8-1-14 Fort Detrick Press Release: Public Comment Period Extended for Forest Glen Ireland Trail
- 7-24-14 Gazette.Net: Army floats compromise on medical waste area -- Some Silver Spring residents want warning signs, without fence
- 6-27-14 Public Comment Period and Information Session Regarding Toxic Waste at Forest Glen Annex
- 6-27-14 USACE Public Notice of Report and July 23 Public Information Session
- 6-27-14 USACE Report on Toxic Waste near Ireland Trail at Forest Glen Annex (NOTE: 112 pages)
- 5-30-14 Fort Detrick Standard: Forest Glen Child Care Provider Plays Key Role in National Accreditation Process
7-1-14 Bethesda Now: Lot 31 Project Taking Shape
- 8-25-14 Bethesda Now: Bethesdas Woodmont Avenue Could Remain Closed Until 2015
- 7-16-14 Bethesda Now: New Apartment Building Planned For Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle
- 8-6-14 Gazette.Net: Bethesda Metro escalator work will likely continue into 2017 -- WMATA replacing five 30-year-old escalators at the station
6-9-14 Federal Times: More than 60,000 federal jobs lost: Which states were hit the hardest? -- The states and areas that have lost the most federal employees include Washington, D.C., California and Pennsylvania, while Maryland gained more than 4,000 jobs over the three years. Most of those gains came from the Defense Department as the department moved thousands of employees into new facilities because of the base realignment and closure processes.
- 4-29-14 Washington Post: Va. officials break ground on Route 1 widening project to relieve Fort Belvoir congestion -- Officials had been trying to deal with the congestion at Fort Belvoir for nearly 20 years, before federal Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) actions resulted in even more traffic and a public outcry that prompted Congress to appropriate money for traffic mitigation.
- 7-16-14 Baltimore Sun: Falling short of BRAC predictions, Laurel seeing uptick in growth
- 7-18-14 Baltimore Sun: Harford County still waiting on a base-driven boom in Aberdeen -- 'BRAC happened inside the gate,' developer says
- 8-13-14 Frederick News-Post: Army ambassadors connect with Frederick community
- 8-22-14 Fort Detrick Standard: Fort Detrick RAB Update
- 6-20-14 Baltimore Sun: Preparing for another BRAC, before it's a done deal -- Md. officials and groups are talking, planning to get ahead of defense cuts
April 22, 2014 meeting summary (6 pp)
- Summary of BRAC Transportation Projects and Commuting Options
- 4-8-14 Washington Post: Road work set on Maryland commuter routes -- Most of the Maryland State Highway Administration projects that will affect travelers in the D.C. suburbs this construction season are repavings, but there are a few interchange, intersection and bridge projects that are likely to be even more noticeable. Here are some that commuters are most likely to notice: The Cedar Lane intersections are near the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and the projects are part of several meant to ease traffic stemming from the federal base consolidations. The work is likely to have a moderate to high impact on traffic.
- 4-16-14 Bethesda Now: Budget, Stone Ridge Improvements On The Agenda For Next Week
3-21-14 Bethesda Now: NIH To Release Details On Master Plan -- The NIH Bethesda Campus Master Plan will bring a host of projects, including building renovations, a new administration building and intersection improvements to accommodate a projected 3,000 employee increase over the next 20 years
- 3-26-14 Bethesda Now: NIH Standing Firm On Parking Ratio -- NIH’s preferred alternative for development on its Bethesda campus keeps the current one parking space per two employee ratio, despite newer standards from the National Capital Planning Commission that call for fewer parking spots to encourage more use of transit.
- 3-28-14 Gazette.Net: Second phase of 600,000 NIH neuroscience center completed -- Massive rebuilding project continues to make room for 3,000 workers
- 4-9-14 Bethesda Now: NIH Public Meeting Brings Up Old Issues Of Traffic, Parking
3-27-14 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Commander's Column -- It has been approximately 6 months since my last construction update, so in this week’s column, I plan to provide some updated information related to the many ongoing construction projects aboard Naval Support Activity Bethesda
- 4-17-14 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Parking, Partnerships Discussed at WRNMMC Town Hall
- 3-5-14 Washington Post: Montgomery County leaders support keeping Walter Reed patients’ kids at Bethesda school
- 2-26-14 WTOP 103.5 FM (Associated Press): Walter Reed to join Navy's anti-terrorism drill
- 3-13-14 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Walter Reed Bethesda to Conduct Mass Casualty Exercise March 18
- 3-18-14 Army Times: Some fast food outlets closing on military bases: New federal wage rules may be factor, sources say -- McDonald’s restaurants will close at Naval Support Activity, Bethesda, Md., on March 21, said Kathleen Martin, a NEXCOM spokeswoman.
- 3-31-14 U.S. Department of Defense: Bethesda Ready to Unveil New USO Warrior, Family Care Center
3-5-14 Washington Post: The last casualties: As a long war ends, risks still prove real
- 3-5-14 Washington Post: A wounded warrior’s drive: Lance Cpl. Paul Shupert’s story
- 3-13-14 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Walter Reed Bethesda Making Advancements in Prosthetics
- 4-23-14 Gazette.Net: At Walter Reed hospital, music heals -- Therapeutic program gives war veterans a new beginning
- 3-6-14 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: USU’s Corner -- The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) was created more than 40 years ago to fill a void that existed in hospitals, clinics, on bases, battlefields and other places where service members needed and deserved specially trained physicians to care for their wounds.
3-30-14 Washington Post: A legacy of pain and pride -- A nationwide poll of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans reveals the profound and enduring effects of war on the 2.6 million who have served
- 3-30-14 Washington Post: Post-9/11 veterans suffer large physical and mental toll, survey finds -- Explore results of a landmark survey of those who served in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars as members of the U.S. military in the period after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, including those who are currently on active duty.
- 3-30-14 Washington Post: After the Wars - Post-Kaiser survey of Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans - Results and survey methodology -- Read stories, graphics and detailed findings from the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans survey
- 3-30-14 Washington Post: After the Wars - Post-Kaiser survey of Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans -- In this poll: The Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a nationally representative survey among Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. Click "Detailed view" on any question to view results by military branch, combat arms/combat support, gender and other groups.
- 3-21-14 Bethesda Now: Briefing Book Provides Facts, Figures Of Downtown Bethesda
- 3-21-14 Washington Post: Focusing on a Purple Lines economic potential, impacts
- 3-2-14 Washington Post magazine: Johns Hopkins vs. MoCo farm: Whose wishes should prevail?
- 3-12-14 CleanTechnica.com: Navy Gets A $24 Million Pool, We Get Low Cost Wave Power
- 2-27-14 Washington Post: Fort Belvoir thinks outside the gates for better relations with neighbors (especially drivers)
- 2-26-14 Federal News Radio 1500 AM: DoD ties another round of BRAC to sizable civilian personnel cuts
February 18, 2014 meeting summary (incudes Current Transportation Project Updates) (6 pp)
- Transportation Project Updates as of 1-21-14
- Summary of BRAC Transportation Projects and Commuting Options
1-13-14 Gazette.Net: Montgomery County moves forward on tunnel under Rockville Pike near Walter Reed in Bethesda -- Project also includes elevators to take commuters 120 feet down to Metro
- 1-10-14 Bethesdda Now: Pedestrian Tunnel Crossing Renderings
- 12-18-13 Bethesda Now: Pedestrian Tunnel Crossing Heading To Public Hearing
- County Planning Board Agenda for January 9
- 12-30-13 Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation: Planning Commission Public Hearing tentatively scheduled for January 9: proposed construction of new Metro station entrance at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
- 12-27-13 Bethesda Now: Planners Give Approval To Pedestrian Tunnel Crossing
- 1-23-14 Bethesda Now: UPDATE: Pedestrian Struck In Front Of Walter Reed
- 1-16-14 Washington Post: Maryland road projects to watch in 2014 -- Route 355 at Cedar Lane
- 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
- 12-12-13 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Parking Changes Continue Onboard NSAB
- 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.
- 11-26-13 Bethesda Now: Military Wants Walter Reed Kids Back At Bethesda Elementary
- 2-6-14 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: Keep Calm and Carry on During Preparedness Drill Base, Tenants Prep for Solid Curtain-Citadel Shield, February 17-28
- 12-13-13 Gazette.Net: Montgomery County economic official disputes state job figures for top employers -- Walter Reed, FDA did not lose 3,000 jobs, Silverman says; Others say figures aren’t accurate
- 12-19-13 Walter Reed NMMC Journal: WRNMMC Receives Level II Trauma Center Verification
- 2-5-14 Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation: The Executive’s Capital budget recommends a balance of road, mass transit and pedestrian-bikeway projects while maintaining core transportation infrastructure -- FY 2015 Capital Budget and FY 2015-2020 Capital Improvements Program (CIP)
- 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
- 12-14-13 Washington Post: Why Montgomery County is getting on board the bus-rapid-transit bandwagon -- Commentary by Roger Berliner, chair of the Montgomery County Council’s Transportation Committee, and Francoise Carrier, chair of the Montgomery County Planning Board
- 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
- 11-5-13 Bethesda Now: Planners Start Bethesda’s ’20-Year Checkup’
- 2-5-14 Gazette.Net: Bethesda’s downtown development plan gets new look -- Planners, community working on new 20-year vision
- 2-16-14 Montgomery County Dept. of Transportation: MSHA Public Meeting: final design concepts for a MD 355/Wisconsin Avenue sidewalk replacement project between Grafton Street and Bradley Lane in Chevy Chase
- 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
- 1-23-14 Washington Business Journal: Bethesda Intelligence campus design made less conspicuous
- 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
- 12-19-13 WJLA/ABC7 TV: (VIDEO) Naval Surface Warfare Center unveils new wave testing basin
- 10-10-13 Washington Post: Capital Business -- Fort Meade transforming from Army base to cyber city
- 1-5-14 WTOP 103.5 FM: Improvements coming to Route 1 near Ft. Belvoir
- 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.
- 2-21-14 Gazette.Net: Bill would form commission to deal with declining military budgets -- Maryland ranks fourth in defense spending