New Bethesda Metro Entrance Construction Delayed Along with Purple Line


Heather Curtis

WASHINGTON — (WMAL) Construction of a new entrance at the Bethesda Metro station is being delayed by a year along with the start of Purple Line work.

Crews were originally scheduled to start building the Bethesda South entrance on Elm St. at the end of 2015. The new entrance will connect Metro to the Purple Line.

“Since the Bethesda South Metro has always been intended to be accomplished concurrent with Purple Line construction, we won’t begin that construction ahead of the construction of the Purple Line,” said Montgomery County Council President George Leventhal.

At a meeting of the Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee Thursday, Leventhal said now that Maryland Governor Larry Hogan approved the Purple Line with a delayed start, he no longer has reservations about pushing back construction of the Bethesda South entrance.

Council staffer Glenn Orlin said the overall timeline for construction of the new Bethesda Metro entrance won’t be impacted by the delayed start.

Spending for the project in the FY15 budget has been deferred until FY16 as part of $18 million of deferred funds earmarked for future Capital Improvements Programs.

Copyright 2015 by All Rights Reserved. (Photo: By Ralf Roletschek, Wikimedia Commons)

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