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Gov. Hogan Breaks Ground on Watkins Mill Interchange Over I-270

A day that many area residents, especially commuters, have been dreaming about has come. Today Governor Larry Hogan was joined by Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, along with local officials and business leaders, to announce the start of construction of the $97.71 million I-270 interchange project at Watkins Mill Road.

While the new interchange will not be Germantown, it will be close enough to change the way many Germantown residents enter and exit I-270.

The new interchange will be built at Watkins Mill Road in Gaithersburg, a little more than 4,000 feet north of where Quince Orchard Road crosses under I-270. It will provide both northbound and southbound entrance to I-270 and allow traffic to exit I-270 from both directions to go either east on Watkins Mill Road to Rt. 355 or west to Clopper Road.

“As we kick off construction of the new Watkins Mill interchange, we are delivering a much-needed missing link – a new east-west route across I-270 that improves access to the Metropolitan Grove MARC Station and supports the planned growth and economic development in this region,” said Governor Hogan. “We are making sure Maryland will continue to be open for business, and we are helping the citizens of Montgomery County, and people all across the state, go about their daily lives in a faster, more efficient, and safer manner.”

The 1.25-mile project extends between MD 124 (Montgomery Village Avenue) and the Great Seneca Creek crossing near Game Preserve Road in Gaithersburg. The I-270 Corridor is home to dozens of thriving businesses and planned development. Montgomery County contributed $4.9 million for the design and engineering phase of the project.

“I would like to thank Governor Hogan for his attention to I-270, which is not only the ‘spine’ of Montgomery County but also is the economic engine of the State. The Watkins Mill Interchange project has a long history, and we would not be standing here today without the Governor’s and our State Delegation’s strong support and patience. Easing congestion on I-270 and nearby roads will improve the quality of life for so many Montgomery County residents that use this highway every day,” said Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett. “Furthermore, improving access to I-270 will make our region more attractive for new and expanding businesses, creating new jobs and new opportunities for our region.”