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Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 02/21/2011

ICC opening delayed until Wednesday

By Maria Glod

The planned opening of the first stretch of the Intercounty Connector was delayed until 6 a.m. Wednesday after forecasters predicted a wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow that authorities said was likely to stall last-minute work on the toll road.

The 7.2 mile segment -- which links Interstate 270 in Gaithersburg and Norbeck Road, just east of Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring -- had been scheduled to open Tuesday morning.

“For safety and logistical reasons, we need to push the opening of the ICC about 24 hours,” Acting Maryland Transportation Authority Executive Secretary Harold Bartlett said in a statement. “There is transition work that must take place overnight before we can open the ICC and that work cannot take place in wet or icy conditions.”

“We appreciate motorists’ understanding that we also need Mother Nature’s cooperation in this,” Bartlett said. He said crews would need to work overnight to adjust traffic patterns on adjacent highways to open the ICC.

Tolls on the first stretch, which will be collected beginning March 7 after a two-week free period, will range from 60 cents to $1.45 for passenger vehicles, depending on the time of day.

The controversial new toll road eventually will be 18.8 miles and connect Interstate 270 in Montgomery County with Interstate 95 in Prince George’s county.

The ICC will be Maryland’s first toll road with no toll booths.Tolls will be collected electronically via E-ZPass transponders. Motorists without transponders will receive a “Notice of Toll Due” in the mail.

By Maria Glod  | February 21, 2011; 11:25 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland, Traffic and Transportation  
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The first of many, many delays on the ICC. Haha.

Self-absorbed people in cars burning $100+ barrel Saudi gasoline. Idiots.

Posted by: kenk33 | February 21, 2011 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Aww, is poor kenk33 bitter because he's unable to afford a car of his own?

Posted by: mf12284 | February 21, 2011 12:28 PM | Report abuse

The first of many, many delays on the ICC. Haha.

Self-absorbed people in cars burning $100+ barrel Saudi gasoline. Idiots.

Posted by: kenk33
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Work hard, save your money, have good credit, and you can one day have a car, too.

Meanwhile, go and get help with working out your bitterness and jealousy issues.

Posted by: ceefer66 | February 21, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse


I have a car, but its for convenience. Unlike you I walk to work and don't live in sprawl.

Take your (likely) overweight body, get out of your oversized house, plop it into a car and buy as much Saudi and Venezuelan as your credit card will allow.

Hopefully, the middle-east turmoil will bring us $200 oil.

Posted by: kenk33 | February 21, 2011 1:08 PM | Report abuse

"I have a car, but its for convenience. Unlike you I walk to work and don't live in sprawl."

"Take your (likely) overweight body, get out of your oversized house, plop it into a car and buy as much Saudi and Venezuelan as your credit card will allow."

Hopefully, the middle-east turmoil will bring us $200 oil.

Posted by: kenk33
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Looks I hit the nail on the head. You ARE a bitter little man.

As a matter of fact, I don't live in "sprawl". I live 6 miles outside the Beltway. And I'm not "overweight" - I work out.

And you don't know how I get to work.

But I do live in a large house. I've earned it. Sorry if you don't like it. No, I'm not sorry. If you don't like it, that's your problem. Deal with it.

Where do you "walk to work" from your crib in da 'hood, playboy? Mcdonald's, Burger King, or Starbuck's (actually, Starbucks just might be out of your league)?

As for $200 oil, be careful what you wish for. The cost of EVERYTHING, including the gas for your "convenient" car and electricity to power the computer you're using to post nonsense, will go up. You don't seem like you can afford much as it is.

Question: Why is it that you "progressive" neo-urbanists are always so prone to hurl out insults at those who live differently from you? Do you REALLY think that wins over people to your side?

Here's a hint: It doesn't.

Posted by: ceefer66 | February 21, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

"I have a car, but its for convenience. Unlike you I walk to work and don't live in sprawl."

"Take your (likely) overweight body, get out of your oversized house, plop it into a car and buy as much Saudi and Venezuelan as your credit card will allow."

Hopefully, the middle-east turmoil will bring us $200 oil.

Posted by: kenk33
================================

Looks I hit the nail on the head. You ARE a bitter little man.

As a matter of fact, I don't live in "sprawl". I live 6 miles outside the Beltway. And I'm not "overweight" - I work out.

And you don't know how I get to work.

But I do live in a large house. I've earned it. Sorry if you don't like it. No, I'm not sorry. If you don't like it, that's your problem. Deal with it.

Where do you "walk to work" from your crib in da 'hood, playboy? Mcdonald's, Burger King, or Starbuck's (actually, Starbucks just might be out of your league)?

As for $200 oil, be careful what you wish for. The cost of EVERYTHING, including the gas for your "convenient" car and electricity to power the computer you're using to post nonsense, will go up. You don't seem like you can afford much as it is.

Question: Why is it that you "progressive" neo-urbanists are always so prone to hurl out insults at those who live differently from you? Do you REALLY think that wins over people to your side?

Here's a hint: It doesn't.

Posted by: ceefer66 | February 21, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Actually, ceefer66, as I read the sequence of the exchange between you and kenk33, I think you both are obnoxious. Nobody cares that you have a big house in the suburbs. That's your standard for measuring self worth, not necessarily shared by others. And your assumption that kenk33 lives in d'hood and therefore can only qualify for a job at burger joint kind of speaks loudly that you likely look at others as inferior to you. But all your posts do is show that you are no better than the people you wish to put down. Perhaps you should turn off your computer and allocate time for some inner reflection of what really determines self-worth. And here's a hint for you. It's not wealth or social status. It's how you treat others that determines your worth as a human being. And in that category, you might find that your account is in a deficit posture.

Posted by: dlpetersdc | February 21, 2011 2:43 PM | Report abuse

dlpetersdc,

You miss the point entirely.

I'm not trying to brag about my perceived status; I'm merely trying to counter - and show the stupidity of - those who try to tell us who live in the suburbs that we should ashamed of ourselves for not choosing to live as THEY think we should. Who they think they are? Who do you think YOU are?

You've missed the point, baby boy. I suggest a remedial reading comprehension course.

Now go and have a happy landing.

Posted by: ceefer66 | February 21, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

You miss the point entirely.

I'm not trying to brag about my perceived status; I'm merely trying to counter - and show the stupidity of - those who try to tell people who live in the suburbs that we should be ashamed of ourselves for not choosing to live as THEY think we should. Who do they think they are? Who do you think YOU are?

You've missed the point, baby boy. I suggest a remedial reading comprehension course.

Question: your little friend kenk33 was the first to throw out the judgemental insults. When will we see you chastise HIM?

Now go and have a happy landing.

Posted by: ceefer66 | February 21, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse


Living 6 miles outside the beltway is the very definition of "sprawl" (Rockville, Fairfax, etc)

So many ugly Americans paying for collective ignorance by in tax-subsidies for larger houses, using tax-subsidized gasoline, on tax-subsidized highways.

Highways clogged? No problem, build more highways!

Using too much oil? Who cares, lets build more suburbs!

Our oil comes from nasty regimes? No problem, lets be friends and arm them with our best military technology.

Judging by the size of our cars and how we choose to live, Americans are incredibly, willfully ignorant.

Posted by: kenk33 | February 21, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

kenk33,

I have just one thing to say to your latest anti-suburb, anti-car rant:

So WHAT?

Your comments are the typical condescending "Car-centric suburbanites are bad. They are dumb, uncultured in-breeders, we're better than them because we are hip, urban, and walk, bike, and take mass-transit" attitude.

That agrument is quite frankly, sophomoric. It's clearly based on nothing more than slogans from some agenda-based website or statements culled from notes your took in some environmentalist professor's urban studies class.

How about this: people living close together like rats in a cage are bad. Big cities and concentrated pollution are bad. Congestion and stress are bad. I'd much rather live and work in a place like Boulder, Madison, Lexington, The North Carolina Triad, or Greenville-Spartanburg - Fairfax and Rockville than live in a filthy, crowded, noisy urban jungle.

You're obviously pleased with yourself for living in the city and walking to work. Fine. It's ot my thing, at least not anymore.

Seriously, who wants to live in an urban apartment complex (call them condos and townhouses if you want)? I'm an adult now, and I prefer a house with a yard. I prefer a place where I can go out into the backyard and look at the stars at night and hear the birds early in morning. Try that in DC with all of the light pollution.

Finally, I'll bet you grew up in the suburbs and live in the city for one and only one reason: you think it's trendy, all talk of "sustainability", eco-politics, and other people's "selfishness" to the contrary.

Typical neo-urbanist. You guys make me laugh. As a large Black man who happens to spend a lot of time in DC, I see you guys cringe whenever you see someone like me on "your" block - especially at night - seemingly oblivious to the fact that "we" were there first. And you think you're superior, simply because of where you choose to live? You guys are a joke.

In all frankness, I don't hate the city. I like what it has to offer.

And I'm a REAL urbanite. I grew up in New York and I lived in DC for several years before it became fashionable to guys like you. I'm one of the middle-class people who held DC together while folks like you badmouthed the place and ran home after 5:00 - IF you had the nerve to come in.
So don't think you can turn your nose up at me.

You get the last word. I'm done.

Posted by: ceefer66 | February 21, 2011 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Kwame Brown is upset. He's got hos to see in MonkeyCo!

Posted by: gbooksdc | February 21, 2011 7:01 PM | Report abuse

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