Public offers opinions on major highway project

April 29, 2018 by  

A meeting as part of four public forums was recently held in Upper Marlboro to discuss the plan of the governor of Maryland to increase the width of lanes on Interstate 270 and the Beltway – a proposal known as the Managed Lanes Study.

This public input is the first stage involved in the Transportation Relief Plan created by Governor Larry Hogan. He is looking for public-private partnerships to introduce express lanes to these major highways.

The express lanes would have tolls and be designed, built, and maintained by developers, who would also collect the revenues generated from the tolls. Those drivers who use the regular travel lanes would not be charged. The cost of the plan is expected to be $7.6 billion.

Input from the community will take place in two phases. The state is first looking for feedback on work on I-270 between the Beltway and Gaithersburg and the full Beltway between the Woodrow Wilson and American Legion bridges. Then it will be asking for input on congestion on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and all of I-270.

Approval of a final plan that has narrowed down ideas can take several years , then still more years before construction can begin.

Print shops can be used to create various kinds of printed materials to provide more information about such projects and their environmental impact.