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Carroll Avenue Bridge Construction

About Carroll Ave Bridge Construction

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) State Highway Administration (SHA) began a major rehabilitation of the MD 195 (Carroll Avenue) Bridge over Sligo Creek and Sligo Creek Parkway in the fall of 2015. Work included the complete replacement of the bridge deck (driving surface), beams, columns above the arches, sidewalks, railings, and ornamental lighting. The project  along Carroll Avenue extended from the intersection at Jefferson Avenue to the entrance of the Washington Adventist Hospital. The project also included constructing new sidewalk along the east side of Carroll Avenue between Old Carroll Avenue and the bridge. It included upgrading existing sidewalks and ramps to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, while improving roadway drainage. In the interest of safety, the bridge was closed and traffic was detoured during construction.

Current Project Status

As part of the $12 million MD 195 (Carroll Avenue) Bridge rehabilitation over Sligo Creek and Sligo Creek Parkway project, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) closed MD 195 between Jefferson Street and Flower Avenue for one year.

Carroll Avenue (MD 195) was closed to traffic at the Sligo Creek Bridge.  The road   reopened in Summer, 2017. SHA used electronic message boards to guide traffic around the detour. Drivers were directed to use Old Carroll Avenue, Sligo Creek Parkway, Maple Avenue, Maplewood Avenue and Flower Avenue as detour routes.

During the MD 195 closure, crews  completed a significant part of the bridge arch and structure components. SHA installed a temporary pedestrian bridge to accommodate park users. Early 2017 the pedestrian bridge was removed and users  directed across the partially completed bridge. This  allowed necessary storm water work to be completed underneath of the previous pathway.

More information is available on the Maryland State Highway Administration’s website. For real-time travel conditions on roads in Maryland, check Maryland’s Department of Transportation 511 Traveler Information page or call 511 with a hands-free device when driving.


Project Lead & Contact Info

Michael Brown
SHA District 3 Area Engineer
State Highway Administration
Phone: 301-513-7300
Email: MBrown6@SHA.State.MD.US

Carroll Ave Bridge Construction Details

Project Info & Timeline

  • Target completion date: 2017 – December
  • Takoma Park’s role in project: Liaison for residents
  • Departments involved: Public Works

Budget & Funding Source

See SHA information page, linked below.

Links & Notes

Ride On bus routes 12 and 13 will be changed as a part of the bridge closure. Buses traveling in both directions will use Flower, Maplewood, Maple, Sligo Creek, and Old Carroll Avenues to return to their normal routing on Carroll Avenue. Riders who typically board in the impacted area of Carroll Avenue should board at the Flower Avenue stops instead.

Takoma Park Traffic Mitigation

Aerial photo of the Carroll Avenue Bridge reconstruction dated May 16, 2016
Aerial photo of Carroll Ave. bridge construction on May 16, 2016. (Courtesy of Maryland State Highway Administration.)

Project Lead & Contact Info

Contact Maryland State Highway Administration's project lead:

Michael Brown

SHA District 3 Area Engineer

State Highway Administration