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Weekly Town Updates -- April 24, 2020

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Town Events, Staff Telework Schedule, and Updates Related to COVID-19 

Due to the ongoing public health crisis and Governor Hogan's stay-at-home order, the Town will not host any events, including Trash and Treasures, through the end of May.  Town staff is currently on a telework schedule.  Residents who need to drop off materials to the Town office may use the mailbox located outside the front door to the Town Hall.  We will try to process all permits and other applications in a timely manner.  Phone calls and email will be monitored as usual.  In addition, the Jane Lawton Recreation Center remain closed until further notice.  For current Montgomery County closures, please check here

Residents are encouraged to connect with the Town and fellow residents by signing up for the Town Crier email alert system and the private Town Neighbors listserv.  For information on how to join the Town Neighbors listserv, please email townneighbors+owner@groups.io.  Both resources offer an important way to stay informed and in touch, especially during times like these.  The Town website also provides links to official resources for more information on coronavirus preparedness and response. 



Maryland Order Requires Face Coverings Inside of Stores and on Transit

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has issued an executive order requiring Marylanders to wear face coverings or masks inside retailers throughout the state and on any form of public transportation.  The order, which went into effect on April 18, pre-empts and expands the original order from Montgomery County that requires the use of face coverings in grocery stores, pharmacies, farmers markets, and big box retailers.



Please Use "Lotsa Helping Hands" -- Let's Be Safe Seniors


Wicca Davidson has set up two systems to assist with shopping for those who are sheltering in place.  There is a website that connects those who need a few items from a grocery or other store, with a neighbor who is going shopping. 

In addition, there is a system where neighborly volunteers shop weekly/biweekly for one or two households.  If you do not have internet access, or need assistance with either shopping system, please call Wicca directly at 301-980-5596.  If you would like to volunteer, send an email to wicca@wiccadavidson.com. 



Town Council Election 2020

The Town's Election Board is pleased to announce that three candidates will appear on the ballot for three open seats in the 2020 Town Council election.  The candidates are:
Due to the ongoing public health crisis and Governor Hogan’s stay-at-home order, the Town will hold a universal vote-by-mail election this year.  The election will be held as scheduled, with a deadline for voting of May 5.  There will not be in-person voting on that day.  Instead, each registered Town voter will receive a ballot by mail and should mail back that ballot, once completed, in a stamped envelope that will be provided by the Town.  All ballot envelopes must be properly completed and must be postmarked by May 5, 2020 and received by May 12, 2020 in order for the enclosed ballot to be counted.  Additional details are included in the election Issue of the FORECAST, which has been mailed to each Town household and sent via Town Crier. 

Privacy Note It has come to our attention that some voters may not be comfortable with mailing their ballot return envelope with the required personal identification information on the outside.  Although this information is publicly available upon request, and while this was the practice with absentee balloting in past Town elections, we recognize the concern and offer the following alternative.  Voters may place their completed ballot return envelope in a personal envelope with the same mailing address that is on the ballot return envelope and with proper postage affixed.  Please ensure that the personal envelope is post marked by May 5, 2020 in order for the enclosed ballot to be counted.  Following this election, the Town’s Election Board will discuss revising this practice for future Town elections and will make recommendations to the Town Council.

The Election Board will host a “Candidates’ Forum” by videoconference on Tuesday, April 28 at 7 p.m.  As in the past, questions at the forum will be posed by the moderator based on questions submitted by residents prior to the forum.  There will be no questions from the audience at the forum.  If you have a question you would like posed to the candidates, please email it to the Town office at townoffice@townofchevychase.org by Friday, April 24.

If you would like to participate in the Candidates' Forum, you may join online at https://zoom.us/j/3016547144 or by phone at 301-715-8592.  The Town’s meeting identification number is 301 654 7144.

Town of Chevy Chase Election Board
Chris Wright, Chair
Rob Enelow
Chris White
 


"Bring Climate Solutions Home" Online Panel Discussion
April 30, 5-6 p.m.


In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, we in the Town have the opportunity to reflect on the current state of our world and commit to building a better tomorrow.  

On Thursday, April 30 from 5 to 6 p.m., the Town Climate & Environment Committee will host an online "Bring Climate Solutions Home" panel discussion.  It will feature some Town residents discussing hyperlocal solutions for home gardening, home energy, recycling, urban food gardening, and other sustainable techniques that make a difference!  
To join this panel discussion, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84416982135 or call 301-715-8592.  The meeting ID is 844 1698 2135.

Also, we hope that today you can join the Earth Optimism Digital Summit (
https://earthoptimism.si.edu) hosted by the Smithsonian Institution.  The digital summit runs from April 22 to April 26 and you can watch live broadcasts online on the Earth Optimism website.  More than 100 global leaders will share successful conservation strategies being deployed worldwide and discuss how to mainstream these strategies to achieve transformative change.

While the coronavirus pandemic has brought so many challenges and uncertainties, it presents everyone with a chance to reflect on our past experiences and prepare ourselves to make positive differences through our future actions.



Town Creates List of Quiet and Clean Landscape Services

Several "Quiet and Clean" lawn maintenance companies are now offering services without use of gas-powered leaf blowers -- the noisiest and most polluting landscape maintenance equipment.  Please consider giving them your business.  Residents can view the complete list here.  



Visit the Lee Dennison Garden in Zimmerman Park

Fancy a walk in a garden? Come out to Zimmerman Park and enjoy the 70 species of plantings that are a part of the new Lee Dennison Garden, which spotlights sustainable landscaping design and maintenance methods while providing a Zen space for reflection. 

For your visit, the Dennison Garden committee has prepared some informative garden notes.  You can also explore the new website www.dennisongarden.org to learn more about Lee Dennison and the garden her bequest has created for the Town (photos for each plant will be added over the course of the spring and summer).

As spring emerges, you can observe new growth daily.  For example, the common serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea) is in bloom in the DC area right now.  This native shrub/tree has flowers for pollinators and juicy berries for birds and humans (the berries taste a lot like blueberries). 
 
There are lots of good reasons to plant a Serviceberry in your garden: 
  • tolerates clay soil and air pollution,  
  • has great ornamental value,
  • pretty flowers and beautiful fall color,
  • produces berries, and 
  • good food source for birds.
One caution, this plant can get Cedar apple rust if you plant it close to Junipers which are alternate hosts for the disease.  Rust doesn’t usually kill a Serviceberry, but it tends to appear once the berries are set and makes them inedible.  Learn more about the plant here.  

Please maintain social distancing and please do not let dogs run free in the garden.



CCHS Invites Residents to Document History in the Making

The Chevy Chase Historical Society is documenting the history Chevy Chase residents are making as we manage life during the coronavirus pandemic.  You’re invited to add your story to CCHS’ Corona Chronicles.
 
CCHS welcomes photos, videos, journal entries, voice and audio recordings and other digital evidence of community life in this historic time.  How are you coping and what has been most challenging?  How are social distancing and attending school remotely working for your family?  What are you thankful for, and what “silver linings” have you discovered?  
 
A form for sharing your story via your Google account is available.  Those who do not use Google can email contributions to CoronaChronicles@chevychasehistory.org.
 
These stories will be treasured by future historians.  More immediately, select submissions will be featured on Facebook and in occasional emails to CCHS’ email list.  Questions may be directed to info@chevychasehistory.org or 301-656-6141.



Please Prune Overgrown Vegetation

As a reminder, residents are asked to keep all streets and sidewalks clear of overgrown vegetation.  Please prune vegetation to ensure unobstructed sight lines for pedestrians and motorists.  The Town's vegetation maintenance standards are available for review here.  Thank you for your cooperation in helping to keep Town streets and sidewalks safe. 



Please Be Considerate Neighbors

During these unique circumstances when neighbors are home and many are working or participating in distance learning, residents are urged to consult with their construction and landscape contractors to be sensitive to the noise their work produces, which can be highly disruptive to these new routines.

Contractors should be asked to look for ways to minimize the severity and duration of noise-producing activities.  It would be particularly appreciated if the use of leaf blowers could be avoided.



Spring Tree Plantings

The Town will fulfill all resident requests that have already been received for public and private tree plantings this spring.  Requests are no longer being taken.  The Town will not undertake the Town-wide public tree planting program due to the ongoing public health crisis.



Consulting Water Management Program Suspended

The Town has suspended the consulting water management program due to the personal interaction associated with this service.  This program offers residents the opportunity to obtain professional recommendations on improving water management on their property.  The Town will notify residents when this service resumes.



Recycling Update

As announced, residents may place clean glass back into their recycling carts.  The Town’s contractor recently established a glass recycling system at its processing facility, thereby enabling customers to once again include glass along with other recycled materials such as paper, plastic and cardboard.  We ask that residents ensure that all materials are clean and remain dry to prevent cross-contamination.  The Town discontinued glass collection at the Lawton Center effective April 17.   A complete single stream recycling guide is available on the Town website. 



Utility Work Update

The current phase of Washington Gas main replacement work is nearing completion.  The gas company has completed all of the gas main installation on interior Town streets and is almost finished installing the new gas main on East West Highway.  The individual house connections on interior streets are almost finished and the house connections on East West Highway will be scheduled soon.  

In upcoming weeks, a contractor for Washington Gas will begin removing the temporary asphalt from the repair trenches and replacing it with permanent asphalt that will provide a stable road base and smooth driving surface.  The contractor also will replace concrete damaged or removed by the main installation work.

In upcoming months, the Town will begin making additional concrete repairs on streets where Washington Gas has completed work.  These concrete repairs are fairly extensive and will involve replacing sidewalks, concrete aprons, and curbs that are broken or substandard.  Following the Town’s concrete repairs, the Town will schedule road repaving work.  Washington Gas will reimburse the Town for road paving costs through a pre-negotiated agreement.  The exact timing of the concrete repairs and road repaving is uncertain at this point; however, the Town will be sure to provide residents with ample notice of upcoming work.

Future Projects:

WSSC has informed the Town of an upcoming water main replacement project that is scheduled for 2024.  The project will involve installing new water mains on Leland Street (between Connecticut Avenue and Meadow Lane), on Thornapple Street (between Connecticut Avenue and Meadow Lane), and on a small portion of Meadow Lane near Leland Street.  
In future years, Washington Gas will need to upgrade gas mains and house services on Virgilia Street, Woodbine Street (between Connecticut Avenue and Meadow Lane), Leland Street (between Connecticut Avenue and Meadow Lane), and Aspen Street (between Connecticut Avenue and Meadow Lane).  Washington Gas has not provided the Town with an estimated start date for this work, as it is dependent on the completion of several projects that are outside of the Town.  We will notify residents about the schedule as soon as we receive an update from Washington Gas.



April Purple Line Construction Updates

Night Work/Lane Closure on Connecticut Avenue:  Crews will be relocating utilities on Connecticut Avenue between Jones Bridge Road and East-West Highway.  Work will occur in two shifts, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekdays and weekends.  Temporary lane closures with flagging operations will occur. 

Night Work/Lane Closure on Wisconsin Avenue:  Crews will be pouring concrete for the walls of the Bethesda Shaft.  Southbound lanes along Wisconsin Avenue between Montgomery Lane and Bethesda Avenue will experience temporary closures.  Work will take place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weekdays and weekends. 

Pile Driving along the Georgetown Branch Trail:   Crews will be pile driving along the Georgetown Branch Trail east of Connecticut Avenue between Newdale Road and Chevy Chase Lake Drive.  Pile driving will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Pile Driving at Rock Creek Bridge:  Crews will be pile driving at the Georgetown Branch Trail between Jones Mill Road and the Rock Creek Bridge.  Pile driving will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays for approximately eight weeks.  The work zone can be viewed here.

Rock Creek Trail Closure:  Beginning on or about April 13, 2020, the Purple Line will temporarily close the Rock Creek Trail in Rock Creek Park between the Rays Meadow Park and Susanna Lane access points.  The closure will be in effect 24 hours a day for approximately two weeks.  The detour can be viewed here: https://plmdnews.com/7aa

Traffic Shift on Jones Mill Road:  Traffic has shifted onto the southbound side of Jones Mill Road for phase one of this traffic change.  Crews will be excavating and installing the arch for the future underpass.  Work will take places from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.

Weekend Work at Bethesda Work Zone (Elm Street):  Crews will be working at the Bethesda Work Zone on Elm Street.  Work will take place in two shifts from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekdays and weekends.

Weekend Work at Columbia Country Club:  Crews will continue work at the Columbia Country Club 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.  

Weekend Work and Lane Closures on East-West Highway: 
 Temporary lane closures will occur on East-West Highway between Connecticut Avenue and Montgomery Avenue between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.  

Weekend Work on the Georgetown Branch Trail:  Crews will be working along the Georgetown Branch Trail from the Wisconsin Avenue to Connecticut Avenue.  Work will take place on weekdays and weekends from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Weekend Work and Several Lane Closures on Jones Mill Road and Jones Bridge Road: Temporary lane closures will occur on Jones Bridge Road between Altimont Lane and Jones Mill Road, as well as on Jones Mill Road between Flushing Meadow Terrace and Coquelin Terrace between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends. 

Weekend Work on the Rock Creek Trail:  Crews will be working near Rock Creek Park bridge from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.  Temporary trail closures will occur. 



Important Phone Numbers

Below is a list of phone numbers that may be helpful while the Town Office is closed.  In case of emergencies, always call 911. 


Montgomery County Police 
Non Emergency/24hrs - 301-279-8000

Bethesda - Chevy Chase Rescue Squad - 301-652-0077

Chevy Chase Fire Department
(Opposite Columbia Country Club) - 240-773-4707

Bethesda Fire Dept
(Wisconsin Ave and Bradley Blvd) - 240-773-4706

National Capital Poison Center
(George Washington University Hospital) - 800-222-1222

Utilities

Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO)


Emergency-Live wires down, power failure - 877-737-2662

Customer Service - 202-833-7500

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission

 
Emergency - 301-206-4002

Complaints, Leaks, Information - 301-206-4001

Washington Gas
 
Emergency - 703-750-1400

Information & Customer Service - 703-750-1000

Comcast -
800-934-6489

Verizon -
800-837-4966




Upcoming Meetings & Events:

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Town Events, Staff Telework Schedule, and Updates Related to COVID-19

Due to the ongoing public health crisis and Governor Hogan's stay-at-home order, the Town will not host any events, including Trash and Treasures, through the end of May. Town staff is currently on a telework schedule. Residents who need to drop off materials to the Town office may use the mailbox located outside the front door to the Town Hall. We will try to process all permits and other applications in a timely manner. Phone calls and email will be monitored as usual. In addition, the Jane Lawton Recreation Center remain closed until further notice. For current Montgomery County closures, please look at www.montgomerycountymd.gov .

Residents are encouraged to connect with the Town and fellow residents by signing up for the Town Crier email alert system at https://www.townofchevychase.org/admin/www.townofchevychase.org/list.aspx and the private Town Neighbors listserv. For information on how to join the Town Neighbors listserv, please email townneighbors+owner@groups.io. mBoth resources offer an important way to stay informed and in touch, especially during times like these. The Town website https://www.townofchevychase.org/admin/www.townofchevychase.org also provides links to official resources for more information on coronavirus preparedness and response.


Maryland Order Requires Face Coverings Inside of Stores and on Transit

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has issued an executive order requiring Marylanders to wear face coverings or masks inside retailers throughout the state and on any form of public transportation. The order, which went into effect on April 18, pre-empts and expands the original order from Montgomery County that requires the use of face coverings in grocery stores, pharmacies, farmers markets, and big box retailers.

Please Use "Lotsa Helping Hands" -- Let's Be Safe Seniors

Wicca Davidson has set up two systems to assist with shopping for those who are sheltering in place. There is a website that connects those who need a few items from a grocery or other store, with a neighbor who is going shopping.

In addition, there is a system where neighborly volunteers shop weekly/biweekly for one or two households. If you do not have internet access, or need assistance with either shopping system, please call Wicca directly at 301-980-5596. If you would like to volunteer, send an email to wicca@wiccadavidson.com.

Town Council Election 2020

The Town's Election Board is pleased to announce that three candidates will appear on the ballot for three open seats in the 2020 Town Council election. The candidates are:

Ellen Cornelius Ericson http://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3052/election-2020-Ericson


Irene N. Lane http://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3054/election-2020-Lane


Barney Rush http://www.townofchevychase.org/DocumentCenter/View/3053/election-2020-Rush

Due to the ongoing public health crisis and Governor Hogan’s stay-at-home order, the Town will hold a universal vote-by-mail election this year. The election will be held as scheduled, with a deadline for voting of May 5. There will not be in-person voting on that day. Instead, each registered Town voter will receive a ballot by mail and should mail back that ballot, once completed, in a stamped envelope that will be provided by the Town. All ballot envelopes must be properly completed and must be postmarked by May 5, 2020 and received by May 12, 2020 in order for the enclosed ballot to be counted. Additional details are included in the election Issue of the FORECAST, which has been mailed to each Town household and sent via Town Crier.

Privacy Note: It has come to our attention that some voters may not be comfortable with mailing their ballot return envelope with the required personal identification information on the outside. Although this information is publicly available upon request, and while this was the practice with absentee balloting in past Town elections, we recognize the concern and offer the following alternative. Voters may place their completed ballot return envelope in a personal envelope with the same mailing address that is on the ballot return envelope and with proper postage affixed. Please ensure that the personal envelope is post marked by May 5, 2020 in order for the enclosed ballot to be counted. Following this election, the Town’s Election Board will discuss revising this practice for future Town elections and will make recommendations to the Town Council.

The Election Board will host a “Candidates’ Forum” by videoconference on Tuesday, April 28 at 7 p.m. As in the past, questions at the forum will be posed by the moderator based on questions submitted by residents prior to the forum. There will be no questions from the audience at the forum. If you have a question you would like posed to the candidates, please email it to the Town office at townoffice@townofchevychase.org by Friday, April 24.

If you would like to participate in the Candidates' Forum, you may join online at https://zoom.us/j/3016547144 or by phone at 301-715-8592. The Town’s meeting identification number is 301 654 7144.

Town of Chevy Chase Election Board
Chris Wright, Chair
Rob Enelow
Chris White


"Bring Climate Solutions Home" Online Panel Discussion
April 30, 5-6 p.m.

In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, we in the Town have the opportunity to reflect on the current state of our world and commit to building a better tomorrow.

On Thursday, April 30 from 5 to 6 p.m., the Town Climate & Environment Committee will host an online "Bring Climate Solutions Home" panel discussion. It will feature some Town residents discussing hyperlocal solutions for home gardening, home energy, recycling, urban food gardening, and other sustainable techniques that make a difference! To join this panel discussion, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84416982135 or call 301-715-8592. The meeting ID is 844 1698 2135.

Also, we hope that today you can join the Earth Optimism Digital Summit ( https://earthoptimism.si.edu ) hosted by the Smithsonian Institution. The digital summit runs from April 22 to April 26 and you can watch live broadcasts online on the Earth Optimism website. More than 100 global leaders will share successful conservation strategies being deployed worldwide and discuss how to mainstream these strategies to achieve transformative change.

While the coronavirus pandemic has brought so many challenges and uncertainties, it presents everyone with a chance to reflect on our past experiences and prepare ourselves to make positive differences through our future actions.


Town Creates List of Quiet and Clean Landscape Services

Several "Quiet and Clean" lawn maintenance companies are now offering services without use of gas-powered leaf blowers -- the noisiest and most polluting landscape maintenance equipment. Please consider giving them your business. Residents can view the complete list here: https://www.townofchevychase.org/431/Quiet-and-Clean-Landscapers.


Visit the Lee Dennison Garden in Zimmerman Park

Fancy a walk in a garden? Come out to Zimmerman Park and enjoy the 70 species of plantings that are a part of the new Lee Dennison Garden, which spotlights sustainable landscaping design and maintenance methods while providing a Zen space for reflection.

For your visit, the Dennison Garden committee has prepared some informative garden notes . You can also explore the new website www.dennisongarden.org to learn more about Lee Dennison and the garden her bequest has created for the Town (photos for each plant will be added over the course of the spring and summer).

As spring emerges, you can observe new growth daily. For example, the common serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea) is in bloom in the DC area right now. This native shrub/tree has flowers for pollinators and juicy berries for birds and humans (the berries taste a lot like blueberries).

There are lots of good reasons to plant a Serviceberry in your garden:

tolerates clay soil and air pollution,

has great ornamental value,

pretty flowers and beautiful fall color,

produces berries, and

good food source for birds.

One caution, this plant can get Cedar apple rust if you plant it close to Junipers which are alternate hosts for the disease. Rust doesn’t usually kill a Serviceberry, but it tends to appear once the berries are set and makes them inedible. Learn more about the plant here.

Please maintain social distancing and please do not let dogs run free in the garden.


CCHS Invites Residents to Document History in the Making

The Chevy Chase Historical Society is documenting the history Chevy Chase residents are making as we manage life during the coronavirus pandemic. You’re invited to add your story to CCHS’ Corona Chronicles.

CCHS welcomes photos, videos, journal entries, voice and audio recordings and other digital evidence of community life in this historic time. How are you coping and what has been most challenging? How are social distancing and attending school remotely working for your family? What are you thankful for, and what “silver linings” have you discovered?

A form for sharing your story via your Google account is available. Those who do not use Google can email contributions to CoronaChronicles@chevychasehistory.org.

These stories will be treasured by future historians. More immediately, select submissions will be featured on Facebook and in occasional emails to CCHS’ email list. Questions may be directed to info@chevychasehistory.org or 301-656-6141.

Please Prune Overgrown Vegetation

As a reminder, residents are asked to keep all streets and sidewalks clear of overgrown vegetation. Please prune vegetation to ensure unobstructed sight lines for pedestrians and motorists. The Town's vegetation maintenance standards are available for review here. Thank you for your cooperation in helping to keep Town streets and sidewalks safe.


Please Be Considerate Neighbors

During these unique circumstances when neighbors are home and many are working or participating in distance learning, residents are urged to consult with their construction and landscape contractors to be sensitive to the noise their work produces, which can be highly disruptive to these new routines.

Contractors should be asked to look for ways to minimize the severity and duration of noise-producing activities. It would be particularly appreciated if the use of leaf blowers could be avoided.


Spring Tree Plantings

The Town will fulfill all resident requests that have already been received for public and private tree plantings this spring. Requests are no longer being taken. The Town will not undertake the Town-wide public tree planting program due to the ongoing public health crisis.

Consulting Water Management Program Suspended

The Town has suspended the consulting water management program due to the personal interaction associated with this service. This program offers residents the opportunity to obtain professional recommendations on improving water management on their property. The Town will notify residents when this service resumes.

Recycling Update

As announced, residents may place clean glass back into their recycling carts. The Town’s contractor recently established a glass recycling system at its processing facility, thereby enabling customers to once again include glass along with other recycled materials such as paper, plastic and cardboard. We ask that residents ensure that all materials are clean and remain dry to prevent cross-contamination. The Town discontinued glass collection at the Lawton Center effective April 17. A complete single stream recycling guide is available on the Town website.

Utility Work Update

The current phase of Washington Gas main replacement work is nearing completion. The gas company has completed all of the gas main installation on interior Town streets and is almost finished installing the new gas main on East West Highway. The individual house connections on interior streets are almost finished and the house connections on East West Highway will be scheduled soon.

In upcoming weeks, a contractor for Washington Gas will begin removing the temporary asphalt from the repair trenches and replacing it with permanent asphalt that will provide a stable road base and smooth driving surface. The contractor also will replace concrete damaged or removed by the main installation work.

In upcoming months, the Town will begin making additional concrete repairs on streets where Washington Gas has completed work. These concrete repairs are fairly extensive and will involve replacing sidewalks, concrete aprons, and curbs that are broken or substandard. Following the Town’s concrete repairs, the Town will schedule road repaving work. Washington Gas will reimburse the Town for road paving costs through a pre-negotiated agreement. The exact timing of the concrete repairs and road repaving is uncertain at this point; however, the Town will be sure to provide residents with ample notice of upcoming work.

Future Projects:

WSSC has informed the Town of an upcoming water main replacement project that is scheduled for 2024. The project will involve installing new water mains on Leland Street (between Connecticut Avenue and Meadow Lane), on Thornapple Street (between Connecticut Avenue and Meadow Lane), and on a small portion of Meadow Lane near Leland Street.

In future years, Washington Gas will need to upgrade gas mains and house services on Virgilia Street, Woodbine Street (between Connecticut Avenue and Meadow Lane), Leland Street (between Connecticut Avenue and Meadow Lane), and Aspen Street (between Connecticut Avenue and Meadow Lane). Washington Gas has not provided the Town with an estimated start date for this work, as it is dependent on the completion of several projects that are outside of the Town. We will notify residents about the schedule as soon as we receive an update from Washington Gas.


April Purple Line Construction Updates
Night Work/Lane Closure on Connecticut Avenue: Crews will be relocating utilities on Connecticut Avenue between Jones Bridge Road and East-West Highway. Work will occur in two shifts, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekdays and weekends. Temporary lane closures with flagging operations will occur.

Night Work/Lane Closure on Wisconsin Avenue: Crews will be pouring concrete for the walls of the Bethesda Shaft. Southbound lanes along Wisconsin Avenue between Montgomery Lane and Bethesda Avenue will experience temporary closures. Work will take place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weekdays and weekends.

Pile Driving along the Georgetown Branch Trail: Crews will be pile driving along the Georgetown Branch Trail east of Connecticut Avenue between Newdale Road and Chevy Chase Lake Drive. Pile driving will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Pile Driving at Rock Creek Bridge: Crews will be pile driving at the Georgetown Branch Trail between Jones Mill Road and the Rock Creek Bridge. Pile driving will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays for approximately eight weeks. The work zone can be viewed here.

Rock Creek Trail Closure: Beginning on or about April 13, 2020, the Purple Line will temporarily close the Rock Creek Trail in Rock Creek Park between the Rays Meadow Park and Susanna Lane access points. The closure will be in effect 24 hours a day for approximately two weeks. The detour can be viewed here: https://plmdnews.com/7aa

Traffic Shift on Jones Mill Road: Traffic has shifted onto the southbound side of Jones Mill Road for phase one of this traffic change. Crews will be excavating and installing the arch for the future underpass. Work will take places from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.

Weekend Work at Bethesda Work Zone (Elm Street): Crews will be working at the Bethesda Work Zone on Elm Street. Work will take place in two shifts from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. on weekdays and weekends.

Weekend Work at Columbia Country Club: Crews will continue work at the Columbia Country Club 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.

Weekend Work and Lane Closures on East-West Highway: Temporary lane closures will occur on East-West Highway between Connecticut Avenue and Montgomery Avenue between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.

Weekend Work on the Georgetown Branch Trail: Crews will be working along the Georgetown Branch Trail from the Wisconsin Avenue to Connecticut Avenue. Work will take place on weekdays and weekends from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Weekend Work and Several Lane Closures on Jones Mill Road and Jones Bridge Road: Temporary lane closures will occur on Jones Bridge Road between Altimont Lane and Jones Mill Road, as well as on Jones Mill Road between Flushing Meadow Terrace and Coquelin Terrace between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.

Weekend Work on the Rock Creek Trail: Crews will be working near Rock Creek Park bridge from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and weekends. Temporary trail closures will occur.

Important Phone Numbers

Below is a list of phone numbers that may be helpful while the Town Office is closed. In case of emergencies, always call 911.

Montgomery County Police
Non Emergency/24hrs - 301-279-8000

Bethesda - Chevy Chase Rescue Squad - 301-652-0077

Chevy Chase Fire Department
(Opposite Columbia Country Club) - 240-773-4707

Bethesda Fire Dept
(Wisconsin Ave and Bradley Blvd) - 240-773-4706

National Capital Poison Center
(George Washington University Hospital) - 800-222-1222

Utilities

Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO)

Emergency-Live wires down, power failure - 877-737-2662

Customer Service - 202-833-7500

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission

Emergency - 301-206-4002

Complaints, Leaks, Information - 301-206-4001

Washington Gas

Emergency - 703-750-1400

Information & Customer Service - 703-750-1000

Comcast - 800-934-6489

Verizon - 800-837-4966

Upcoming Meetings & Events:
Visit the Town website to view the Town calendar

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Weekly Town Updates are now available. Contact the Town Office at 301 -654-7144 or townoffice@townofchevychase.org for more information.