MDOT Officials on Widening I-270: ‘We’re Not Going to Take Your Home’

During a transportation meeting with Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn, Maryland Department of Transportation staff, and the community, Secretary Rahn told those in attendance that homes will not be taken from residents as the state looks to widen I-270.

Rahn’s response comes amid concerns from county-elected officials on behalf of their constituents. Last year, Gov. Larry Hogan announced a $9 billion transportation plan that would widen I-270, the Capital Beltway, and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.  For many county residents, they are concerned that the transportation projects would put their homes at risk.

“The improvements can be done within existing right-of-way without having to take anyone’s home,” Rahn said. “The answer is no, we’re not going to take your home.”

During an answer and question session with county-elected officials, Maryland Senator Cheryl Kagan, representing District 17 in Montgomery County, said shes’s criticized the state for its process in the past but is  “cautiously optimistic” by Rahn’s response. Hear more from Kagan in the video below:

Rahn Provides Some Answers on I-270, I-495 Projects

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Mitti Hicks

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Mitti Hicks is a multimedia journalist and community engagement specialist with Montgomery Community Media. She is passionate about telling stories that impact our community and may be reached at MHicks@mymcmedia.org and on Twitter @mittimegan.

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One Response to “MDOT Officials on Widening I-270: ‘We’re Not Going to Take Your Home’”

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    On October 12, 2018 at 3:05 pm responded with... #

    I think expanding transit is a much better way to go as it is much better for the environment, especially with global warming. Toll lanes in Virginia have become very expensive which favors the wealthy over the rest of us. Furthermore, where are you going to put these express toll lanes. You either widen the beltway and 270 which has devastating effects in many ways, or you build upwards or tunnel. I have put together a list of transit options that have been proposed by others, such as bus rapid transit, and expanding MARC service. For those opposed to the widening of 270 and 495, please get in touch with Citizens to Stop Beltway Expansion (CABE). Sign their petition. Also see dontwiden270 dot org.

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