The Rockville and Shady Grove Metro stations are schedule to be closed from Sept. 11-Dec. 4 for reconstruction and repairs to the canopies over the platforms at those stations.
During construction, Metro’s Red Line will terminate at the Twinbrook station. Free shuttle bus service will operate in both directions between Shady Grove, Rockville and Twinbrook. Ride On and Metrobus stops will be temporarily relocated on the station grounds. MARC and Amtrak service will continue to operate, with no disruption to service.
Metro is scheduled to demolish and reconstruct the platform canopy at Rockville and repair the canopy at Shady Grove. Construction will be a 24/7 operation with the noisiest construction, including demolition, conducted during daytime hours, and hauling of materials at night. The Red Line is the oldest line in the Metrorail system and the canopies’ concrete beam structures, original to construction in the 1980s, are deteriorating.
“Replacing the canopy at Rockville Station will require heavy equipment and the demolition of the existing structure, section by section, according to a Metro news release. “The new canopy structure will be pre-fabricated and lifted into place for installation.”
The canopy improvements at the Rockville station will also include new, more efficient LED skylights, an upgraded speaker system for station announcements, new digital screens for passenger information and new CCTV cameras for improved security.
Visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/DOT-Transit/delays_detours/metro-station-closures.html for more info.
Improvements to Pedestrian Bridge
Meanwhile, the pedestrian bridge linking Rockville Town Center and the Rockville station over Rockville Pike reopened in mid-August following repairs. The bridge will be accessible during the canopy repairs to allow commuters to access bus stops.
Learn more about the bridge repairs at wmata.com/service/status/details/