ICC toll road to open Feb. 22
The first segment of Maryland's newest toll road, the Intercounty Connector, is scheduled to open Feb. 22, according to state officials. The 7.2-mile section between I-370 and Georgia Avenue will open at 6 a.m. that day.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place Feb. 21 at 11 a.m.
The opening depends on good weather to allow crews in bucket trucks to unveil ICC-related signs on I-270 the night of Feb. 21, said Valerie Burnette-Edgar, a spokeswoman for the Maryland State Highway Administration.
Drivers will be required to have an E-ZPass transponder or a bill for the toll, plus a $3 service fee, will be mailed to the address on the vehicle's registration. However, state officials said drivers can "test drive" the ICC, which will be known as Maryland Route 200, through March 6 at no charge. The tolls will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 7. The additional service fee will be waived for drivers without E-ZPass accounts until midnight April 5.
Rush-hour drivers of two-axle vehicles will pay about 25 cents a mile to use the highway. The tolls will make the six-lane highway, an east-west link outside the Capital Beltway, among the nation's most expensive to use.
State officials have said the tolls must be high enough to make the highway an attractive, free-flowing alternative to congested roads. The tolls also must bring in revenue to help cover the debt service on $1.2 billion in toll-backed bonds that helped fund the road's $2.56 billion in construction costs.
When finished , the six-lane, 18.8 mile highway will connect the I-270 corridor in Montgomery County with the Interstate 95 corridor in Laurel, in northwestern Prince George's County. The remaining two segments in the highway's middle and eastern sections are scheduled to open by late this year or early 2012, officials have said.
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