News from Montgomery College

900 Hungerford Drive, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20850 

Date: July 26, 2004

MEDIA ADVISORY

Montgomery College, County and State Leaders to Officially Open New Pedestrian Bridge, Break Ground for Jesup Blair Park Renovation

Bridge Connects MC-Takoma Park Campus
to Newly Expanded Section in Silver Spring
 

Wednesday, July 28, 2004 – 10:30 a.m.
Montgomery College-Takoma Park Campus
Pedestrian Bridge Entrance
Fenton Street and New York Avenue, Silver Spring
 

Montgomery College, Montgomery County and state leaders will celebrate the opening of the College’s new pedestrian bridge and the groundbreaking for the renovation of Jesup Blair Park on Wednesday, July 28, at 10:30 a.m.  State Sen. Ida G. Ruben, County Councilmember George Leventhal, and Takoma Park Mayor Kathy Porter will join Montgomery College President Charlene R. Nunley and Montgomery County Planning Board Chairman Derick Berlage for this special event.  

The Montgomery College pedestrian bridge crosses the CSX/WMATA tracks, connecting the College’s existing Takoma Park Campus with a newly expanded portion in south Silver Spring.  The bridge provides Montgomery College students, faculty, staff, and the community with access to Jesup Blair Park and Montgomery College’s Health Sciences Center.  Design and construction of the bridge cost $4 million, and was jointly funded by the State of Maryland and Montgomery County. The pedestrian bridge is part of a three-phase, $92 million expansion for the College’s Takoma Park Campus.  The College’s future plans include connecting the bridge to the planned Student Services Center, which is currently under construction; and the development of a Cultural Arts Center at the corner of Georgia Avenue and East-West Highway. 

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Directions: Take I-495 East or West to Exit 31B, Georgia Avenue South (Route 97). Continue south on Georgia Avenue past the Colesville Road (Route 29) intersection. Following the signs for Montgomery College, turn left (east) on Sligo Avenue. Continue on Sligo Avenue and turn right (south) on Fenton Street. Follow Fenton Street through the traffic light at the Philadelphia Avenue (Route 410) intersection, and turn right on King Street for campus parking. From King Street, make an immediate left into the entrance of the Montgomery College parking garage.  The bridge is two blocks south of the parking garage on the west side of Fenton Street.  For maps or directions, log on to www.montgomerycollege.edu/maps