Bethesda CBD Streetscape (P500102)

  • Category Transportation
  • Sub Category: Roads
  • Administering Agency: Transportation (AAGE30)
  • Planning Area: Bethesda-Chevy Chase
  • Date Last Modified: 4/21/14
  • Required Adequate Public Facility: Yes
  • Relocation: Impact None
  • Status: Preliminary Design Stage




This project provides for the design and construction of pedestrian improvements to complete unfinished streetscapes along approximately 5,425 feet of Central Business District (CBD) streets in Bethesda as identified in the Bethesda CBD Sector Plan. This includes 1,125 feet along Woodmont Avenue between Old Georgetown Road and Cheltenham Drive; 3,550 feet along Wisconsin Avenue between Cheltenham Drive and the northern end of the CBD; and 750 feet along East-West Highway between Waverly Street and Pearl Street. It is intended to fill the gaps between private development projects which have been constructed or are approved in the CBD. The design elements include the replacement and widening (where possible) of sidewalks, new vehicular and pedestrian lighting, street trees, street furniture, and roadway signs. This project addresses streetscape improvements only and does not assume the undergrounding of utilities.


Around Wisconsin Avenue

Estimated Schedule 

Design will be completed in Fall 2017. Construction will start in Summer 2017 and will be completed by Spring 2019.


Staging in the Bethesda CBD Sector Plan recommends implementation of transportation improvements and facilities identified in Stage I prior to moving to Stage II. Bethesda CBD Sector Plan, approved and adopted July 1994; and Bethesda Streetscape Plan Standards, updated April 1992.


Coordination with Pepco indicates that the installation of aesthetic coverings on existing utility poles is not technically feasible.


A pedestrian impact analysis has been completed for this project.


Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Montgomery County Public Schools, Department of Permitting Services, Maryland State Highway Administration, Utility Companies, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center