Tuesday, April 27, 2021
The fence harvest came early this year
Due to the nice weather this week, we were able to harvest the fences a little early this year. Here they are all stacked up and ready for market.
Friday, April 23, 2021
Crossing River Road near Whitman High School
It seems like this crossing has been under construction for a long time without much progress being made recently.
This is the crosswalk that is being replaced, it is on the Westbound side of River Road (Maryland Route 190) in Bethesda. There is no intersection or signal at this location.
This crosswalk on the eastbound side of river road is not being replaced, however, you can see a traffic light is being added.
After crossing Eastbound River Road, but before crossing Westbound River Road, the sidewalk sweeps up towards the top of a hill.
The new crosswalk across Westbound River Road is near the top of the hill, giving pedestrians better visibility. There will also be a streetlight and a traffic light here.
After crossing river road, you will be able to continue right towards Walt Whitman High School, or left towards the old crossing.
Monday, April 19, 2021
Woodward High School / Tilden Middle School demolition update
Here's a wider shot, the school used to cover the whole left side and more. The three trees you see still standing are directly across from the exit to Old Georgetown Road.
From the rear, you can see very little of the school remains, just part of the back wall and the front right corner are left. Much of the rubble has also been cleared. Next to the back wall there is a pile of wood and to the right of the front wall is a pile of crushed cinder block.
You often don't realize how big a building is until its gone. This was taken from the side of the school, looking towards the remaining walls. Towards the front is a pile of scrap metal. Most of the metal and other rubble has already been removed.
The school opened in the late 1960's as Charles W. Woodward High School. Due to declining enrollment, the school was closed in the late 1980's. It later housed Tilden Middle school while that school was it was undergoing a major renovation. Tilden moved out in the summer of 2020.
After the site is cleared, a new high school will be built here and will be used as a holding school for two years while Northwood High School is rebuilt. In 2025 the school will reopen for students, probably as Woodward High School, however it may also be renamed as Josiah Hensen High School.
Saturday, April 17, 2021
Improvements coming to the intersection of Fernwood Rd and Democracy Blvd
The most noticable change will be here. Instead of one left turn only lane there will be two left turn only lanes. There will still be a single right turn only lane. This turn is a major slowdown during the evening rush hour and should allow many more cars to make the turn each light cycle.
Even with the change, you still won't be able to go straight across Democracy Blvd to continue on Fernwood Rd. This includes bikes, which currently have to do a time consuming crosswalk maneuver where they cross Fernwood, then cross Democracy, then cross Fernwood again. But this will also be made easier.
Part of the improvements will be adding a crosswalk across Democracy Boulevard here. This will make it easier for bikes and pedestrians to cross and it will make it faster for drivers turning left since the won't have to wait for people in the crosswalk as often.
There will also be changes to the protected right turn slip lanes at the intersection. The concrete triangle will be made smaller and the radius of the turn will be reduced so it will be tighter at all four corners. I'm not exactly sure why this is being done, but I believe these high entry angle slip lanes are to reduce the risk of collision.
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Coming soon! the 17 year cicadas
I'm amazed these creatures can survive in a dynamic suburban environment like Bethesda. The last time they were here was in 2004, think about how much has changed since then. How many new or enlarged houses, how many widened roads, how many trees cut down and new trees planted.
Friday, April 9, 2021
Construction scheduled to start on the WMAL field (Toll Brothers Amalyn project)
Toll Brothers is getting ready to start construction on their Amalyn project which will be over 300 single family houses and townhouses on the former WMAL radio tower field at 7115 Greentree Road in Bethesda, Maryland. This week they stakes sporting flags have been sprouting on the field as they prepare for the work.
They recently sent a letter to residents about the construction outlining the initial work. In it they state they will first be installing tree protection and sediment control features.
|The current end of Greyswood Road|
Workers will be accessing the property from the Greyswood Road entrance and the first thing they do will be to connect Greyswood and Greentree roads. Greyswood Road currently dead-ends at a stand of trees, so those trees will have to be
horrifically mangled and tragically destroyed cut down and removed. All work vehicles and equipment will be parked on the property and not on any of the streets surrounding it. Construction should be limited to the hours of 7am to 5pm.
|The current end of Greentree Road|
|proposed site plan from Toll Brothers|