Thanks to an anonymous reader for forwarding me this ironic/sad announcement from the Montgomery County government regarding the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Forest Glen Pedestrian Bridge:
Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan cordially invites you to a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Forest Glen Pedestrian Bridge. The event will be held on Wednesday, August 30 at 12:15 p.m. at the north end of the bridge off Forest Glen Road and Georgia Avenue. The new pedestrian and bikeway bridge spans three I-495 interchanges and provides greatly improved pedestrian safety and access to transit.OK, so you are dedicating a bridge that is supposed to promote alternative means of transportation to cars, yet you don't even bother to mention in the directions that the event is being held a block away from the Forest Glen Metro station?! Instead, they simply provide driving and parking directions. I'm sure 0% of the attending "dignitaries" ride Metro, anyway.
Directions: From I-495, take Georgia Avenue north and take an immediate left (west) onto Forest Glen Road. Forest Glen has a median, so make a U-turn at the first opportunity. Turn right onto Coleridge Drive. Event parking is available on Coleridge Drive or Ellis Street. Montgomery County Police will not enforce permit parking restrictions during the event.
What they really need to do is pick that bridge up, move it north one block, and rotate it 90 degrees so that it spans Georgia Avenue. It would make life a lot less hairy for quite a few commuters in that area. When an intersection is so bad they make a website about it, you know something needs to change. What if someone was killed crossing Georgia to attend the ceremony? That would make things move a little faster, I bet.