Friday, October 28, 2011

Full Length of Intercounty Connector To Open On November 22

Along With Woodrow Wilson Bridge Replacement, One of Center's Biggest Victories

Intercounty Connector
According to Maryland Transportation Authority, the full Intercounty Connector is scheduled to open November 22. The 18.8-mile highway will open between Intersate 270 in Gaithersburg and Route 1 in Laurel. The ICC’s first 7.2-mile segment opened between I-270 and Norbeck Road, just east of Georgia
Avenue, in February.

The Center was the only environmental group to support the Intercounty Connector.  We believe it will reduce congestion, reduce air pollution and get families reunited earlier.

Toll rates on the full ICC will remain the same as those set for the first section. A passenger vehicle will be charged $4 to drive end to end during peak times, $2.40 during non-peak hours and $1.60 during overnight
hours. Drivers who don’t have an E-ZPass transponder will be charged a new “video toll rate” amounting
to 150 percent of the base toll rate. Motorists will be billed by mail for the surcharge. State officials have said the toll highway will be finished within its $2.56 billion construction budget. (Wash Post, 10/28/2011)

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