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Convent Drive Converts to Southbound Traffic Only for Construction of New Patient Parking Garage

Beginning Saturday, January 23, construction will begin on a new patient parking garage and adjoining utility vault along the west side of Convent Drive, where the old valet parking lot was located. Construction is anticipated to last 14 months.

As part of this construction and to create a safe buffer zone, it will be necessary to close one lane of traffic along Convent Drive between Center Drive and South Drive. This closure will result in a single lane of one-way traffic, in the southbound direction only. There will be no northbound traffic allowed during this period of construction. The nearby shuttle bus stop along Convent Drive has been temporarily moved across the street.

For a map detailing the location of construction, please visit: https://go.usa.gov/xAvCV.

To help alleviate possible congestion issues, the NIH has restored campus access at South Drive/Old Georgetown Road to its pre-pandemic hours of operation.

South Drive/Old Georgetown Road:

Monday - Friday.

6am -10am – Inbound and Outbound traffic.

3pm – 7pm – Outbound traffic only.

Construction of this new parking garage, likely to be named MLP-15, and the associated utility vault, will support essential hospital operations and allow NIH to relocate almost 800 spaces from the parking garage below the Building 10 Ambulatory Care Research Facility (ACRF). The new utility vault will improve electrical capacity, host emergency and data center generators, and other critical functions. The Office of Research Facilities appreciates your patience and understanding as they complete this important upgrade to NIH facilities and utilities.

For questions regarding this message, please contact the ORS Information Line at orsinfo@mail.nih.gov or 301-594-6677. TTY is available at 301-435-1908. For questions regarding this construction project, please contact the Office of Research Facilities Project Officer, Tony Francis, at 301-594-6472, 202-359-1222 or francroz@ors.od.nih.gov.


NIH Bethesda Campus Winter Safety Advisory

The winter season is here, as demonstrated by the first snowfall.

The Office of Research Facilities (ORF), Division of Facilities Operations and Maintenance, is prepared to ensure safe access so that 'Snow Does Not Stop Science.' Their mission is for a safe and timely snow removal. The contractor operates heavy equipment to quickly remove snow from the Bethesda campus. While walking or driving near heavy equipment, please exercise caution and do not assume the operator can see or hear you, since the heavy equipment operators might have limited visibility due to the size of the equipment and driving snow.

On the same topic of safety, while most of the sidewalks will be free of snow and ice, melting and refreezing will most likely occur. Please exercise caution and consider wearing non-skid shoes.

You will begin to notice orange, yellow, red and blue markers throughout the Bethesda campus. The NIH snow removal contractor uses these markers to minimize damage to the grass and other campus plants, help the crews avoid fire hydrants, and prevent collisions with other structures that could be covered by deep snow. Please help support our mission of safe and timely snow removal by keeping the markers in place. If the markers are removed, it increases the likelihood of mishaps that could injure an employee or snow removal crew member and cause property damage.

Starting the last weeks of November, you will begin to notice orange, yellow, red and blue markers throughout the Bethesda campus. The NIH snow removal contractor uses these markers to minimize damage to the grass and other campus plants, help the crews avoid fire hydrants, and prevent collisions with other structures that could be covered by deep snow. Please help support our mission of safe and timely snow removal by keeping the markers in place. If the markers are removed, it increases the likelihood of mishaps that could injure an employee or snow removal crew member and cause property damage.

Snow Plan 2020-2021

In situations of ongoing or impending inclement weather, employees are encouraged to check the current operating status by downloading the OPM Alert mobile app (https://go.usa.gov/xpBsS) or visiting the OPM website (https://go.usa.gov/xpBH3). In the event a weather-related delay or closure is in place, consistent with tier-designations, non-emergency staff are encouraged to use flexibilities to remain off the roads and away from the NIH campus while clean-up efforts are underway. Please be mindful of heavy snow removal equipment and low visibility.

A snow removal informational flyer complete with a snow removal priority map for campus roadways and entrances and live traffic camera links can be found on the NIH Traffic website at: https://traffic.nih.gov/Documents/SnowPlan.pdf. Employees can determine which routes are safe inside and outside the campus. If you need special assistance during a snow event, please call the ORF Help Desk at (301)-435-8000.


Project C104552: Replace Steam Lines Between Manhole 69 and Manhole 101, Convent Drive

Starting August 2020, the Office of Research Facilities (ORF) Division of Technical Resources (DTR) will be replacing 450 ft of steam lines that are part of a major campus distribution system along Convent Drive. This project will involve excavation along Convent Drive and will cross Lincoln Drive, tying in at each end to existing steam manholes. The present steam lines have developed several leaks over the past eight years and are at the end of their useful life. These steam lines (which were installed in the early 1960’s) form part of a critical redundant system for the southwest part of the campus and are in need of replacement.

During construction, there will be intermittent lane and sidewalk closures. Signs will be posted for pedestrian detours and any lane closures will be staffed with flagmen when needed. The access to MLP 8 for vehicular traffic along Lincoln Drive will not be affected.


The construction duration will be from September 2020 through December 2021. For safety reasons, vehicles and pedestrians are encouraged to be aware of the changing surroundings as the project progresses through the coming year. Periodic updates will be provided through the ORF Intranet website.


MD 355 (Rockville Pike) Crossing Near Medical Center Metro Station

As part of the ongoing construction of the Crossing Project at the Medical Center Metro Station (http://traffic.nih.gov/Documents/multimodal.jpg), a construction work site is located on the NIH (east) side of Rockville Pike near the Medical Center Metro Station.

 

A map detailing the work zone near the metro station and the pedestrian detour can be viewed at: http://traffic.nih.gov/Documents/Work%20Site%205-31-2017.pdf. The entire area of Rockville Pike near the Medical Center Metro Station on both sides of the street is a construction zone. Please pay attention to all signs, and drive, walk or bike carefully through the area. 

The Crossing Project construction is anticipated to continue through mid-2021. To read more about the Crossing Project, visit their website at: http://md355crossing.com/. For more information about traffic news in and around the NIH Bethesda campus, including the Crossing Project, visit the NIH Traffic Website at: https://traffic.nih.gov/

Click this External Website to view the noise waiver certificate from the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (MCDEP).

For questions about this message, please contact the ORS Information Line at orsinfo@mail.nih.gov or 301-594-6677. TTY is available at 301-435-1908. Please tune your radios to 1660 AM for NIH traffic, parking and perimeter security advisories.