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Time Ticking On Traffic Near Bethesda Military Hospital

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA) -- All those new folks moving to what will be the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda this fall have a lot of neighbors -- and workers -- freaked out about traffic.

The Rockville Pike, Old Georgetown, Connecticut Avenue, Cedar Lane -- they're already jammed at rush hour. 

The question really is whether they've improved the roads and signals around here enough to prevent total gridlock.

Right now, there is plenty of fear... but very little reality. Summer vacations and the slow relocation of staffers from Walter Reed in Northwest DC mean the traffic has yet to really hit.

Another 25-hundred workers and about a half million new visitors a year will have to roll through the newly widened security gates on to the new medical campus in the midst of suburban highways already among the most jammed in the region.

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Van Hollen Named To Deficit Reduction Panel

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen has been named to Congress' new debt-reduction supercommittee.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi appointed three Democrats to the panel on Thursday.

Van Hollen is the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee.
The panel has until Thanksgiving to propose $1.5 trillion in budget savings over 10 years. If the panel does not make a proposal or if Congress does not approve it, there will be $1.2 trillion in automatic budget cuts triggered.

In a statement, Van Hollen says the plan should put jobs first and require shared responsibility from those who have done so well even during tough economic times.

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Montgomery County’s Fall Guide for Recreation And Park Programs Now Available


          The fall issue of the Montgomery County Guide for Recreation and Parks Programs is now available.  Recreation will begin accepting registrations for its fall programs and classes on Monday, August 15.  Registration for swim lessons opens on August 17.  Residents are encouraged to register early as many programs fill up quickly.

          Travel, sports leagues and classes are just some of the fall program offerings that are available through Montgomery County Recreation.   

   Closing dates for fall sports league registration is as follows:

August 22 – adult softball

August 26 – adult soccer and adult two-hand touch and co-rec flag football

Wounded Warrior Barracks Completion Ceremony

On August 11th at 12:45, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Naval Support Activity Bethesda, and the Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of a new Wounded Warrior barracks and Warrior Support Complex at the National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, 8901 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, Md. 20889.


Dial '511' To Check Traffic In Md.

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Motorists in Maryland can now receive up-to-the-minute traffic information through a new phone system.

Beginning Thursday, drivers can dial "511" to get the latest on traffic-related news, such as traffic jams, lane-closing roadwork and weather-related delays. Maryland State Highway Administration spokeswoman Valerie Burnette Edgar says callers also can choose to receive information about the Baltimore and Washington transit systems and flight information from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

At first, most of the road information offered will be limited to the state highway system and the Maryland Transportation Authority's toll facilities. Burnette Edgar says information on county roads will be added later.

The system is being operated by Rockville-based Telvent under a $4.7 million, five-year contract with the highway agency.