Four new escalators and two new elevators will access the pedestrian tunnel from street level. Three new high-speed elevators will connect the pedestrian tunnel with the station mezzanine level.
Montgomery County Executive Ike Legget,
Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin and U.S. Congressman Chris Van
Hollen announced funding for the project in August 2012. Under the arrangement,
the Department of Defense and the Federal Highway Administration will fund the
$68 million project. The funds will be paid to , which will have
responsibility for designing and constructing the new entrance starting this
This project is part of the County’s effort to relieve traffic congestion resulting from the Base Realignment and Closure Act (BRAC) that moved the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC to the campus of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, adding about 2,500 employees to the area and potentially doubling the outpatient visits to nearly one million annually.
More information about BRAC is available on the County’s website.