Montgomery County Delegation to Get Briefing on the Watkins Mill Interchange on Friday

road construction 450 x 280 for sliderThe Montgomery County House Delegation is scheduled to receive a briefing on the Watkins Mill Interchange at a meeting on Friday morning in Annapolis.

According to an agenda for the meeting, State Highway Administrator Greg Johnson is scheduled to be part of the briefing.

Just last week, Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn met with Montgomery County leaders about recent changes to the status of the interchange.

Local leaders say they are opposed to the proposed changes by the State Highway Administration that has resulted in the delay of the project’s construction schedule. According to the SHA’s website, the bid opening for the I-270 at Watkins Mill Road Interchange contract was canceled in Nov. of 2015. State highway officials say they are considering changes to the project’s scope because of a possible conflict with the overall corridor project along I-270.

The Interchange was a hot topic at the city of Gaithersburg’s Mayor and City Council meeting on Feb. 16.

Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman said the interchange is the city’s top priority. Councilmember Ryan Spiegel urged residents to contact their legislators to support it.


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The Hogan administration has released contract documents for the Watkins Mill Interchange, a long-sought connection along Interstate 270 that had been the subject of jockeying between local politicians and the governor’s office. The project, which could have a total cost of about $130 million, is the subject of legislation that would take the unusual step […]

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Although the timing has been changed, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett says state officials have indicated that the Watkins Mill Road Interchange is going forward. He said the questions that remain are the cost and the make up of the project. Find out more in this MyMCMedia Extra, video:

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Sonya Burke is the Multimedia Manager at Montgomery Community Media (MCM). You can email story ideas at sburke@mymcmedia.org or reach her on Twitter @SonyaNBurke.

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