The partial closure of the The Maryland Department of Transportation and Maryland Transit Administration Silver Spring Transit Center in mid-January gave commuters a sense of the anticipated disruptions that will result from renewed Purple Line work, a local news outlet reported.
According to state transportation officials, the most disruptive work on the Silver Spring light-rail project is still yet to come. The county’s Department of Transportation also recently announced that the second level of the Transit Center would be reduced to a single lane during Monday through Friday service from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The restriction went into effect on Jan. 9.
“This lane closure is anticipated to impact pedestrian access as well, due to the need for construction flag persons to cross,” a news release said. A local news report noted that nearby residents have faced road closures and traffic impacts along the route in downtown Silver Spring.
As RT&S recently reported, the Purple Line project is facing mounting delays due to factors including a recent need to relocate utility lines, an original contractor quitting work on the project and delay-related cost overruns, among others.
Work along the Purple Line route in Long Branch will begin around Feb. 6, according to a press release. Stormwater drainage, curb, and roadway reconstruction will take place on Arliss Street between Flower Avenue and Piney Branch Road. The work is expected to last for about a year and take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and weekends as needed, a local news report said.