Montrose Parkway East (P500717)

  • Category: Transportation
  • Sub Category: Roads
  • Administering Agency: Transportation (AAGE30)
  • Planning Area: North Bethesda-Garrett Park
  • Date Last Modified: 4/21/14
  • Required Adequate Public Facility: No
  • Relocation Impact: None
  • Status: Final Design Stage




This project provides for a new four-lane divided parkway as recommended in the North Bethesda/Garrett Park and Aspen Hill Master Plans. The roadway will have a curb and gutter section with 11-foot wide lanes, a ten-foot wide bikepath on the north side, and a five-foot wide sidewalk on the south side. The limits of the 1.6 mile project are between the recently constructed MD 355/Montrose interchange on the west and the existing Veirs Mill Road/Parkland Drive/Gaynor Road intersection on the east. The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is preparing the construction plans for the western portion of the project, which meets the County-prepared plans at a point 800 feet east of Parklawn Drive. The project includes a 230-foot bridge spanning both the CSX rail tracks and Nebel Street, a single-point urban interchange (SPUI) with a 198-foot bridge over Parklawn Drive, a 107-foot pedestrian bridge to carry Rock Creek Trail over the Parkway, a 350-foot roadway bridge over Rock Creek, and an at-grade tie-in to Veirs Mill Road. Appropriate stormwater management facilities and landscaping will be included.


Montrose Parkway, North Bethesda


Average daily traffic is projected to be 42,000 vehicles per day by 2020.

Estimated Schedule

The design and land acquisition phase is expected to be complete in mid-FY16. Construction is expected to start in FY19 and will be completed in approximately 3.5 years.


This project will relieve traffic congestion on roadways in the area through increased network capacity. The project also provides improved safety for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists, as well as providing a greenway. The North Bethesda/Garrett Park Master Plan classifies this roadway as Arterial A-270. The Phase I Facility Planning process was completed in June 2004 with a final project prospectus recommending implementation.


Design of this project will take into consideration the master-planned Veirs Mill Road Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service. Consistent with the County's master plan, trucks with more than four wheels are prohibited from Montrose Parkway East between Parklawn Drive and Veirs Mill Road, except for trucks allowed for the Parkway's maintenance and in emergency situations. Expenditures beyond FY20 are as follows: FY21: $36,630,000 for construction; FY22: $20,000,000 for construction and site improvements.

Fiscal Note

Expenditure schedule reflects fiscal capacity. In the FY15-20 period, a total of $9.033 million in GO bonds was switched for impact taxes. $9 million for the design of the SHA segment between the MD 355/Montrose Parkway interchange and Parklawn Drive is funded through State Transportation Participation (CIP #500722). The SHA portion of the road project has increased by $30 million, which is not reflected in the expenditure schedule. The County will coordinate with the State for reimbursement of construction expenditures for the SHA portion of the road between the MD 355/Montrose Parkway interchange and Parklawn Drive. Intergovernmental revenue represents the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission's (WSSC) share of water and sewer relocation costs.


A pedestrian impact analysis has been completed for this project.


Department of Fire and Rescue Services, Department of Transportation, Department of Permitting Services, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Maryland State Highway Administration, Maryland Department of Environment, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, Washington Gas, Pepco, Verizon, State Transportation Participation, Special Capital Projects Legislation [Bill No. 16-08] was adopted by Council June 10, 2008.