Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Talbot Avenue bridge closes today for repairs

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The Talbot Avenue bridge in Silver Spring was scheduled to close to traffic at 6 a.m. today by county Department of Public Works and Transportation staff in order to repair loose bridge deck timbers discovered during a routine inspection.

Drivers will be rerouted to either Brookville Road or 16th Street, and the bridge will remain open to pedestrians and bicyclists unless repairs require workers to fully close the bridge, according to a news release from the DPWT. Repairs are expected to take about two weeks.

The Talbot Avenue bridge runs over the CSX railroad tracks between Hanover Street and Lanier Drive, and connects the Montgomery Hills and Rosemary Hills communities in Silver Spring. For more information, call 240-777-7165.

MARC prepares to close Silver Spring ticket office

MARC officials will be outside of the Silver Spring MARC station between 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday to answer questions related to the closing of the MARC ticket office at that station.

The office will close June 6 due to the upcoming construction of the Paul S. Sarbanes Silver Spring Transit Center, said Cheron Victoria Wicker, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Transit Administration. That ticket office will not reopen once construction on the transit center is completed, she said.

Although MARC riders will no longer be able to purchase tickets from an agent at the station, a 24-hour Amtrak QuickTrak machine at the site will still be issuing MARC tickets purchased by credit or debit cards, according to a news release from the Maryland Transit Administration.

Commuters who use MARC will still be able to board their trains at the Silver Spring station, and one-way tickets will be available onboard the trains for passengers with cash, according to the release. For more information, visit or call 703-228-7433.

The Silver Spring station is located at 8100 Georgia Ave. For more information, visit or call 410-539-5000.

Music in the Arts Alley

An Arts Alley summer concert series near the intersection of Georgia Avenue and East West Highway in Silver Spring will continue 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday with performer Doris Justis.

Barry Soorenko, who owns the property where the Arts Alley is located, said he got together with the Silver Spring Regional Center to start the series and bring more people and programs to the area.

‘‘It’s a more intimate, smaller venue, and we thought one or two-person concerts would be really nice,” Soorenko said.

The series will run through Oct. 4. For more information, visit

SilverPlace design workshops set to begin

A five-day workshop for community members interested in providing feedback on the design of SilverPlace, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commissionís new headquarters and mixed-use development at Georgia Avenue and Spring Street, will be held June 3-7.

The workshops will be held at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, 8777 Georgia Ave.. A kickoff meeting will be held 7 p.m. June 3, with design workshops from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 4 and 5. Additional meetings will be held 7 p.m. June 4 and 5, and a final presentation by the designers will be held 1 p.m. June 7. For more information, visit