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Portion of Mt. Vernon Place to Remain Closed Until Mid-May

A portion of Mt. Vernon Place that closed in September as part of the city’s improvements to the Mt. Vernon stormwater management facility is scheduled to remain closed through Sunday, May 15.

The closure has been extended due to the discovery of an issue with the condition of an existing utility, which required a plan redesign. While the issue has been resolved, roadway construction is expected to last into May.

Street map with arrows indicating Mt. Vernon Place road closure and orange detour markings indicating pedestrian and vehicle detours around the closure.
A map shows detours around construction of the Mt. Vernon Stormwater Management Facility retrofit.

Vehicles should continue to utilize Fleet Street or follow posted detour signs to get around the work area.

Pedestrians should continue to follow pedestrian detour signs on streets or continue to use the Elwood Smith Park paved pedestrian path to get around the work area.

Elwood Smith Park will remain open during construction.

The road segment was closed so that city contractors could replace the culvert at the stream crossing near the Elwood Smith Park baseball/softball field and deepen portions of the pond to increase the stormwater management facility’s water quality treatment capacity. Doing so helps prevent erosion and flooding downstream and reduces pollution in local tributaries that flow to the Chesapeake Bay.

The facility, near Richard Montgomery High School, was designed and constructed in 1980 and was retrofitted in 2003. This latest project addresses sediment buildup from the last 18 years.

Learn more about the project at

For more information, contact Diron Baker, Rockville project manager, at 240-314-8533 or

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