This article has been updated to reflect a schedule change, to Monday, Aug. 23, for relocating bus stops at the Rockville Metro station.
The pedestrian bridge linking Rockville Town Center and the Rockville Metro station over Rockville Pike will reopen on Monday, Aug. 16 following a 14-month closure and more than five months of repair work.
Metro closed the bridge on June 17, 2020, due to safety concerns.
Metro announced Friday that it had completed “all safety-necessary structural repairs.” Repairs and improvements included:
- Repairing the bridge underside by removing cracks and reinforcing metal decking.
- Adding a new nonskid coating and removing cracks on the bridge deck.
- Installing new exhaust fans to provide better air ventilation.
- Replacing the roof and updating waterproofing on the glass panels and roofing.
- Repairing the security gates.
Due to supply chain issues, Metro has not yet been able to replace the two glass panels that shattered in June 2020, raising the initial safety concerns about the bridge. The panels are scheduled to be replaced in the fall.
Meanwhile, bus stops are being relocated on the grounds of the Rockville station and staging activities are beginning ahead of repairs to canopies on the Rockville and Shady Grove Metro station platforms. The construction will close the Rockville and Shady Grove stations from Saturday, Sept. 11-Saturday, Dec. 4.
The Rockville pedestrian bridge will be accessible during the canopy repairs to allow commuters to access bus stops.
Learn more about the canopy repairs and station closures at wmata.com/initiatives/plans/Rockville-Canopy/travel-alternatives.cfm.