The Center was the only environmental group to support the project. We believe it will relieve congestion, reduce air pollution and get families reunited sooner for evening quality time. We also believe that an outer beltway is needed around Washington, DC because the current beltway is quickly becoming a parking lot.
The first stretch will carry traffic between I-270 in Gaithersburg and Norbeck Road, just east of Georgia Avenue in northern Silver Spring. It is expected to attract residents from Olney, Howard County and eastern Montgomery who commute to the job-rich I-270 corridor.
Tolls start on March 7 after a two-week free trial period, will be 60 cents to $1.45 for passenger vehicles, depending on the time of day. Those prices will increase to up to $6.15 to travel the entire 18.8-mile highway after it opens to Interstate 95 in Prince George's by spring 2012.