New traffic project set to alleviate gridlock in Montgomery County

WHEATON, Md. (WJLA) - Along Randolph Road in Wheaton, drivers often say they're sitting at a standstill just trying to get to get through a few lights.

Now, a new project is official in the works to unlock the gridlock for the nearly 90,000 drivers who go through the intersection each day.

Wednesday morning, Montgomery County officials broke ground on the $75-million project to replace the the intersection at Randolph Road and Georgia Avenue with a new interchange.

As part of the project, crews will work to lower Randolph Road nearly 25 feet under Georgia Avenue, and one additional through-lane will be added along Georgia Avenue in each direction.

The project also includes extending the Glenmont Greenway Trail an additional 900 feet, which will enhance access to the Glenmont Metro Station.

While the project is going to create a construction zone for drivers for more than two years, many say it will be worth it in the long run .

The project will be paid for with county, state and federal funds. Construction is set to begin later this month.