The study would look at either expanding or building new paths along Cedar Lane, Rockville Pike and Jones Bridge Road, and new signage and safety improvements for bikers and walkers in neighborhoods directly south of Navy Med and the National Institutes of Health. Gonzalez said the improvements' current ballpark cost is $5 million, compared to estimates from the Washington Metro Area Transportation Authority of $14 million to $59 million for new access infrastructure to the Medical Center Metro station.
Local residents have questioned the effectiveness and long-term wisdom of several of SHA's [BRAC-related] possible intersection enhancements. They have pushed for alternative solutions such as enhanced bike and walking pathways.
Gonzalez said his department will study building a new path on Cedar Lane north of NIH; widening, relocating or otherwise enhancing the current path on the east side [WC: I think this actually on the west side] of Rockville Pike along the Navy Med campus; and possibly widening Jones Bridge Road or constructing a new path for walkers and bikers. Construction money would come from the county at the approval of the County Council.
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