The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will hold four public open houses in April for the I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study, which is the first step for public input on the Traffic Relief Plan to reduce congestion on two of the state’s most heavily traveled highways. The National Capital region is one of the most congested in the nation with some of the highest commuting times.
MD SHA will host an Open House next Wednesday, April 18 at Clarksburg High School at 22500 Wims Road in Clarksburg from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
"Understanding the local perspective will help us determine the best plan to reduce traffic congestion, increase economic development, enhance safety and return quality of life to Maryland commuters in this area,” said Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn.
MDOT SHA, in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study to identify innovative transportation solutions to reduce congestion.
Governor Larry Hogan shocked many local Montgomery County government and civic leaders with a massive bombshell back in September of last year, announcing a plan to widen three major commuter highways in the State of Maryland.
Back in September, Hogan stood on a hill overlooking I-270 in Gaithersburg near the Park & Ride lot off Quince Orchard Road and unveiled plans to widen the entire length of I-270, all of the Maryland portion of the I-495 from bridge-to-bridge, and have the State of Maryland take control of and widen the Baltimore-Washington Parkway from Baltimore to DC.
The Open Houses planned in the coming weeks are the next part of this plan. The I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study considers improvements along the entire length of I-495) in Maryland, as well as the entire length of I-270 up to I-70 in Frederick County. The study extends along I-495 from south of the American Legion Bridge in Virginia to east of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and on I-270 from I-495 to I-370, including the east and west spurs. The study will include a review of existing and future traffic, existing roadway infrastructure, and environmental conditions to identify alternatives and assess potential impacts.
Other Open Houses will be held at Wise High School in Upper Marlboro on Tuesday, April 17, and Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, on Thursday, April 19, and Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt on Tuesday, April 24. All Open Houses will begin at 6:30 pm.
All open houses related to the study will be held in locations accessible to persons with disabilities. Any person requiring special assistance, such as a language interpreter, should contact 1-833-858-5960 or via email at 495-270-P3@sha.state.md.us at least 48 hours before the workshop they want to attend.
The public and other interested parties are encouraged to comment on-line at the study’s website, via email at 495-270-P3@sha.state.md.us, or by hard copy during the public workshops. Hard copy comments can also be mailed to the I-495 and I-270 P3 Project Office at the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration, 707 North Calvert Street, Mail Stop P-601, Baltimore MD 21202
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