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Awaiting Federal Funds, BRAC Road Upgrades In Bethesda Continue With State Money

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Eventually, the intersections at Rockville Pike and Cedar Lane, Connecticut Avenue and Jones Bridge Road, and Rockville Pike and Jones Bridge Road will all see newer and wider lanes.

The highway administration has decided to start accepting contract bids for the first portions of all those upgrades, banking on the idea that it will later receive reimbursement from the federal government.

The initial projects, which mostly revolve around moving utility lines and pipes, will cost about $11 million, and are scheduled to be completed by next winter.

A spokeswoman for the Maryland highways agency says the risk they will not receive federal funding is small.

Under the Department of Defense's Base Realignment and Closure scheme, Walter Reed Army Medical Center will close](http://wamu.org/news/11/07/27/walterreedlowersflagon102yearoldhospital.php) and be merged with the naval hospital, adding around 2,500 employees to these already very busy and congested roads.

Intersections to get improvements first near Bethesda naval medical center are marked in red.
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