road widening

August 11, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Board of Public Works Votes to Keep Road Widening Project Moving Along

The Maryland Board of Public Works voted 2-1 Wednesday to award a public-private partnership to Accelerate Maryland Partners of Tysons, Va., to ease traffic congestion along Routes 270 and 495. Gov. Larry Hogan and Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot approved the plans that include replacing the American Legion Bridge and adding two high occupancy toll lanes […]

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August 5, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Vote on Fate of I-495, I-270 Managed Toll Lanes Plan Set for Aug. 11

The three members of the Maryland Board of Public Works will vote Aug. 11 on whether to move forward with Phase 1 South of a managed toll lane road widening project that would extend from the American Legion Bridge to 1-270 to 1-370. Gov. Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot will vote […]

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July 21, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Toll Managed Lanes on 270, 495 Voted Back into State Highway Plans

One month after members of the region’s Transportation Planning Board voted to remove a road widening plan that includes managed toll lanes along I-270 and parts of I-495, the board changed its vote Wednesday and agreed to include the plan in its environmental analysis. The 28 to 10 vote was a victory for Gov. Larry […]

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July 20, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Politicians, Activists Rally Against Road Widening Before Crucial Vote Wednesday

With I-270 in the background, state, county and local politicians as well as several activists rallied at Woodley Gardens Park in Rockville in opposition to the I-495, I-270 road widening project that will go before the Washington Council of Government for a second vote on Wednesday. In mid-June, The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board […]

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June 17, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Elrich Praises, MDOT Condemns Removal of I-270, I-495 Project from Environmental Analysis

Wednesday’s vote by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board to remove the state’s proposed I-270, I-495 express toll lanes project from its air quality analysis dealt a serious blow to the future of the project. “In order to meet federal requirements and advance to the construction phase, regional projects must be included in the […]

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June 8, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

State Paves Way for Widening, Adding Toll Lanes; Elrich Calls Plan ‘Irresponsible’

The Maryland Transportation Authority Board Tuesday unanimously approved several measures that pave the way for a public-private partnership that will widen and add toll lanes on I-495 from the American Legion Bridge to Old Georgetown Road and on I-270 from the spur to I-370. No construction work was approved at the early morning meeting. Instead, […]

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May 13, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Politicians Call for More Changes to Already-Reduced Beltway Widening Plans

While several local and state officials praised the state’s decision to not widen the Beltway at the 270-495 spur through Chevy Chase and Silver Spring, they also called for more changes to the state’s latest proposal to reduce traffic congestion along the Beltway. County Executive Marc Elrich applauded the decision not to widen 495 east […]

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May 12, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Maryland Scales Back Beltway Widening; No Work on 495 East of 270 Spur

Maryland Department of Transportation announced today that plans to widen the Beltway will end at the 270-495 spur and will not continue east through Chevy Chase and Silver Spring. “After several months of continuous collaboration and listening to agency partners, public officials and stakeholders,” the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Maryland Department of Transportation […]

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February 19, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Companies Chosen to Begin Road Design Work on Beltway, I-270

State transportation officials chose two Australian companies to lead work designed to ease congestion along the Beltway and I-270 by adding toll lanes as its partner for predevelopment work. Accelerate Maryland Partners, which includes Transurban and investment bank Macquarie, will be responsible for overseeing predevelopment work if the Maryland Transportation Authority and the Maryland Board […]

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February 3, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

County Planners Criticize State Plans to Widen Beltway, I-270

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) has “strong reservations” about the Maryland Department of Transportation’s plan to expand I-495 and I-270, saying it will “shortchange transit and inflict unnecessary damage to parkland while increasing emissions from vehicles.” At the end of last month, Maryland highway officials announced that their preferred alternative for the […]

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