As ridership at the Bethesda Metro station continues to grow, the station prepares for a trio of construction projects, according to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.
In mid-October, stairs from the mezzanine level to the platform will be repaired for use, said Dan Stessel, a spokesman for the transit authority.
Then, in November, workers will begin to rehabilitate one of the short escalators at the Metro station, Stessel said. The rehab will take about three months and all the components will be replaced and it will be “like new,” Stessel said.
In a third project, the three long escalators from the bus bay to the turnstile level will be completely replaced, one by one, he said. They are the second longest in the system, at 475 feet long with a rise of 106 feet. The longest escalator is in Wheaton.
The station sees about 10,600 riders on a typical weekday, Stessel said. The escalator replacement will be carried out in such a way as to minimize any inconvenience to passengers, he said. The project will take several months, based on similar work at the Dupont Circle and Pentagon stations and is expected to begin in the spring of 2014.
“It will be a very challenging project because, unlike Dupont Circle, there is no second entrance there,” Stessel said.
Metro has no immediate plans to close stations to deal with the water leak in the tunnel between Medical Center and Friendship Heights, said Allison Davis, a Metro representative, at a meeting of the Western Montgomery Citizens Advisory Board on Sept. 16.
Metro is currently looking at how to fix that issue, and if the answer is to temporarily close the Medical Center, Bethesda and Friendship Heights stations, such a closure would not take place before the summer of 2015.