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Progress Report on Intercounty Connector Work

Here's more information about construction of the Intercounty Connector at I-95, following up on this question and my response from today's Dr. Gridlock online discussion.

Roads: So, apparently there will be a new exit on I-95 for the ICC. There is also supposed to be a new exit on I-95 at Contee Road (part of the Konterra construction). Any idea if/when the work on those exits is scheduled to start? I expect it will have a lot of effect on the high volume of traffic on I-95 when it starts.

Me: I can't get to an exact schedule for you at the moment, but can give a general answer: Construction is underway for the interchange between I-95 and the ICC. There's only a slight lane shift now, but I find that the lane shift -- plus the gawk factor -- is slowing down traffic considerably as it passes through that area.

After the online discussion, David Buck, spokesman for the Maryland State Highway Administration, gave us more about the construction schedule:

Construction for the I-95/ICC ramps and the outside widening is expected to begin this fall, Buck said. The focus for the next several months will be on the widening in the median of I-95 (to allow for the shifting of traffic along I-95) as well construction of the bridges that will carry the ICC over I-95.

Also, he said, the I-95/Contee Road interchange is a separate project, that is funded for planning only. Approximately $200 million to $250 million will still be needed to fund engineering, right-of-way acquisition and construction funding for the I-95/Contee Road interchange. Buck noted that this project is seventh on Prince George's County's priority list for construction.

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By Robert Thomson  |  May 4, 2009; 3:34 PM ET
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Comments

What a waste! $3,200,000,000 of our tax dollars for a toll road that will go greatly unused. I hope Governmor O'Malley understands that every day the cancellation of the ICC toll road boondoggle is postponed ... more transportation dollars are syphoned from more important projects. Please cancel this porkway now!

Posted by: free-donny | May 5, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

I travel a great deal around the east coast. Why is there such a dislike for building infrastructure up north. Take a trip to North Carolina (very Democratic state) and you find new freeways being built in every major city. New beltways being built around Raleigh (their second ring highway), Charlotte and Greensboro.
I live in Germantown and drive to Baltimore often to work or fly out of BWI. What is the problem with you NIMBYs? The ICC works for me and my tax dollars.

Posted by: bioguru93 | May 11, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

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