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Officers Honored With Public Safety Awards

The Gaithersburg -Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) recognized Gaithersburg Police Officers John Davis and Michelle Kirk for distinguished service at its Public Safety Awards program at the Montgomery County Agricultural Center on Friday, July 14. Officers Davis and Kirk were both presented with the Distinguished Service Citation for their responses to vicious animal complaints.

This annual awards program provides the business community with an opportunity to publicly thank those who help maintain the quality of life in the Gaithersburg and Germantown area. More than 20 public safety officials were recognized for their commitment and continued efforts preserving the public’s safety.

I-270 Interchange Project Underway at Watkins Mill Road

Construction of the $97.71 million I-270 interchange project at Watkins Mill Road has begun. The project will benefit travelers who drive the I-270 corridor, as well as City of Gaithersburg businesses and residents.

The 1.25-mile project extends between MD 124 (Montgomery Village Avenue) and the Great Seneca Creek crossing near Game Preserve Road in Gaithersburg. The I-270 Technology Corridor is home to dozens of thriving businesses and planned development in the Gaithersburg area. Montgomery County contributed $4.9 million for the design and engineering phase of the project.

The interchange will include a new four-lane bridge over I-270, with connecting entry and exit ramps that will provide direct access for interstate travelers. This connection will reduce congestion at the I-270/MD 124 interchange and the MD 124/MD 355 intersection.

To complete the project by summer 2020, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration advertised the project using A+B bidding, an innovative cost plus time approach, ensuring that a cost is assigned to each working day. This ensures that the public impact and construction period are heavily considered as part of the determination for award of the project. Wagman Heavy Civil of York, Pa., will serve as the state’s contractor.

Additional work as part of the project includes resurfacing the I-270 collector/distributor lanes and a section of Watkins Mill Road, constructing retaining walls, extensive stream restoration, and construction of culverts and drainage structures.