First stretch of ICC will host foot race
Motorists who want a sneak peek at the new Intercounty Connector can get a glimpse of the six-lane highway before the first segment opens, but they won't need their cars.
The Maryland Transportation Authority, which will own the toll road, is holding a 5-kilometer walk/run Oct. 17 on part of the highway that has been paved. The run will begin at Shady Grove Road. Entry fees -- $25 beforehand and $30 on race day -- will benefit the Special Olympics of Maryland, authority officials said.
Registration and information about sponsoring a runner or walker are available at www.iccrun.org.
The 18.8-mile east-west highway, which will run between Gaithersburg in Montgomery County and Laurel in northwestern Prince George's County, has been under construction since late 2007. The first 7.2-mile segment between Interstate 370 and Georgia Avenue is scheduled to open late this year or early next year.
The $2.5-billion highway project sparked controversy for decades. Supporters said the highway was needed to speed travel between the I-270 and I-95 corridors outside the Capital Beltway while opponents said it was too expensive and would cause too much environmental destruction.
The race fees will give people just the first taste of ponying up to access the new road--tolls will reach up to $6.15 each way for cars driving the 18.8-mile stretch.
| September 9, 2010; 1:02 PM ET
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