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Intercounty Connector Advancing

A road in northern Silver Spring will permanently close today as the eastern side of the $2.4 billion intercounty connector highway program develops.

Dogwood Closure.jpg Map of Dogwood Drive closure. (SHA)

The Maryland State Highway Administration is shutting off a section of Dogwood Drive at Briggs Chaney Road in northern Silver Spring. People who have been using Dogwood Drive will be detoured to Gateshead Manor Way and then Aston Manor Drive to reach Briggs Chaney Road.

Drivers on both sides of Route 29 can now see staging areas for construction of the connector. As work begins on "Contract C" between Old Columbia Pike and I-95, the Dogwood Drive section is closing to make way for construction of a bridge over the connector at Briggs Chaney Road.

The connector, scheduled to open in 2011, will link I-370/I-270 in Montgomery County with I-95 and U.S. Route 1 in Prince George's County.

By Robert Thomson  |  August 11, 2008; 6:05 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Construction , intercounty connector  
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Finally, the road is being built. It's about time.

Posted by: Majority | August 11, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Bravo! I'm so glad to see this project go forward!

Posted by: Lee | August 11, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Hear hear. It's way past time to shrink the injuries and death, causing millions in property damage and untold hours that could be spent much more productively because of the rural roads of overbuilt MoCo.

Posted by: Steven | August 12, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

I know that it is not Politically Correct to "dis" or question the ICC, but.... A) Route 198 takes us from 95 westward close to where the ICC is aimed (and it's built - just needs to be widened) and B) the ICC will be a toll road, nice.

I ABSOLUTELY agree with the need to for an alternative to 495, but the current NEED for east/west solution should not result in a tax-payer paid-for toll road that has to built from scratch when we have something that could be expanded for a lot less money and could be done much quicker.

What do I know, let the special interest groups and builder lobbyists have their way, they always do.

Posted by: Morgan Whiper | August 12, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm who is going to pay a toll when gas prices are around $4 a gallon. Who wants to bet the ICC is going to sit idle....

Posted by: barfbag | August 12, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Widening 198 could only be done on the new segment connecting it to rt 28 between NH ave and Layhill Rd. The special interests of the 'rural, agricultural' folks living on 198 won out. Most of those folks don't actually farm, they just like large lot houses 'in the country' with Mont Co schools and couldn't afford any farther west or had lived there for generations. Many new townhouses built along 198 the last time I drove it though.

Posted by: Jon | August 13, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

"Who wants to bet the ICC is going to sit idle...."

You like paying for $4 gas to sit idle? face it, we do that now...

Posted by: O'Moron | August 15, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

"Who wants to bet the ICC is going to sit idle...."

Who wants to bet the ICC is WELL USED by those of us who are tired of wasting $4/gallon gas in stalled traffic and SICK and TIRED of hearing ICC opponents whine?

Posted by: ceefer66 | August 15, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I agree the ICC will most likely sit idle since the estimated toll will be $14 per round trip. The developer-spread myth that the ICC is required because of expanding traffic becomes more and more laughable with each day as people drive less and less.

If you are a developer, there is no better deal than the ICC...there was no other "legal" way to seize all that previously protected public and private land in MoCo. For the taxpayer, I can only suggest preparing for the inevitable ICC tax hikes!

Posted by: Donny | August 17, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

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