BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — The search for parking in downtown Bethesda will be even worse for about three years, with a key street and major parking lots closing for high-rise and underground construction projects.

The Washington Post reports that in January, construction on Woodmont and Bethesda avenues will close two lots that provide about 300 metered spaces. A block of Woodmont Avenue that many motorists use to bypass Wisconsin Avenue will also close for about 20 months.

The construction projects include a five-story building with retail on the ground floor and 162 residential units above. A
nine-story building with 88 residential units and ground-level retail is also being built.

The developer says Woodmont Avenue will close within weeks of the beginning of the construction so crews can build an underground parking garage.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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