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Walter Reed Medical Center to demolish buildings for nearly 7-year reconstruction project

Walter Reed Medical Center will demolish five of its buildings to replace with two new constructions. “Federal Drive with Tom Temin” speaks to Walter Reed Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, and lead of the medical center’s reconstruction project, Theresa Lavoie. In this podcast, Lavoie discusses the reconstruction project and its progession. Listen to Tom Temin’s interview with Theresa Lavoie.


Center Drive/Old Georgetown Road Reduced Access from January 2 to February 22 for Construction

The NIH will continue with the replacement of vehicle barriers, with work beginning on the next entrance/exit at Center Drive/Old Georgetown Road beginning on January 2. This work will require the entrance to have restricted access from Wednesday, January 2 through Friday, February 22. To offset the traffic impact, the campus entrance/exit at South Drive/Old Georgetown Road will have expanded hours of operation in both directions.


The construction will be conducted in two major phases. During the first phase, Center Drive will be available for outbound traffic only. During the second phase, Center Drive will be available for inbound traffic only.

Phase 1: 1/2/19 – 1/25/19

  • Outbound traffic only (5am – 9pm, Monday – Friday; closed on weekends); No inbound traffic.
  • South Drive/Old Georgetown Road Expanded Hours: inbound and outbound – weekdays, 5am – 9pm; weekends/holidays 6am – 4pm.
  • No pedestrian access (use gates to north and south).

Phase 2: 1/26/19 – 2/22/19

  • Inbound traffic only (5am – 9pm, Monday – Friday; Closed on weekends); No outbound traffic.
  • South Drive/Old Georgetown Road Expanded Hours: inbound and outbound – weekdays, 5am – 9pm; weekends/holidays 6am – 4pm.
  • Normal pedestrian access.

For a map detailing the timeline and phases of this project, please visit:   

A chain link fence will be used to enclose the construction site. Signage on nearby roadways will be posted alerting commuters of this construction. Signage and cones will direct traffic entering and exiting Center Drive during construction.

While Center Drive is under construction, motorists are encouraged to consider using either of the two other entrances to campus located along Old Georgetown Road including South Drive and Lincoln Drive. Please visit the campus map at: For additional resources to help with your commuting choices, visit the NIH traffic website at:

For questions regarding this message, please contact the ORS Information Line at 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, Lenin Andrade, at or 240-507-7438.

Snow Removal Information – Campus Winter Safety



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. 
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.
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.
Please visit the associated snow removal informational flyer complete with live traffic camera links and a snow removal priority map at: 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.

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 (, 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: 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: For more information about traffic news in and around the NIH Bethesda campus, including the Crossing Project, visit the NIH Traffic Website at:

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 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.


Medical Center Metro Escalator Replacement

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) is beginning a major capital improvement project to replace the three escalators at the Medical Center Metrorail station. The current escalators have exceeded their useful life and will be replaced with new, reliable and durable escalators.  Metro's contractor, KONE, will install the new escalators as part of Metro's ongoing project to replace 128 escalators across the Metrorail system. The project is expected to take about 2.5 years, as most of the work will be conducted while the station is closed. During construction, one escalator at a time will be replaced, leaving access to the remaining two escalators. For more information and the full article, click here.