Progress Report on Intercounty Connector Work
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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