Monday, November 21, 2011
Contract area B and C will open on the ICC tomorrow. Get the latest pricing, map, schedule and volume information.
Today the ribbon lay in two — tomorrow two major counties will be joined by one enormous roadway. At 6 a.m. Tuesday, the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 is scheduled to make a giant expansion, connecting I-270/I-370 to I-95 near Laurel — opening up two additional contract areas of the ICC. In February 2011, the segment designated as Contract A opened, which connected the 5.65 mile segment from I-270/I-370 to Georgia Avenue in Rockville/Olney. Tomorrow an additional segment will open, mapped out as both Contract B and Contract C. The additional 10-mile segment will pick up where the last segment left off, at Georgia Avenue, extending the east end of the ICC all the way to I-95. For now it's a free ride until December 4 at midnight. This …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
The Intercounty Connector's full 18 miles will open to the public on Tuesday, Nov. 22.
The second segment of the Intercounty Connector, an 18-mile road that connects I-370 in Gaithersburg with I-95 in Laurel, is due to open on Nov. 22. The first 5.5 miles, from I-370 to Georgia Avenue, opened in February. As with the first segment, no tolls will be collected for the first couple of weeks. Free ride on the second segment of the ICC will end Dec. 4, however regular toll fares will be collected on the first segment. The eastern portion of the road will open connections to the ICC at Layhill Road (MD 182), New Hampshire Avenue (MD 650), Columbia Pike (US 29), Briggs Chaney Road and I-95 in Laurel. Currently, 15,000 drivers use the ICC each day. At the end of the fiscal year (June 2012) it is hoped that the daily use will …
Friday, October 28, 2011
Drivers will have 13 days to test drive the road before tolls kick in.
In less than a month, the Intercounty Connector, an 18-mile toll road, will link northern Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. The Maryland Transportation Authority announced Friday that the eastern portion of the road will open to traffic on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 6 a.m. The ICC/MD 200 connects I-370 in Gaithersburg with I-95 in Laurel. The first 5.5 miles, from I-370 to Georgia Avenue, opened in February. "By morning rush hour on Nov. 22, the ICC will finally link the I-270 and I-95 corridors providing motorists with a viable option to the existing congested local road network in Maryland's Washington suburban region," said Beverley Swaim-Staley, chairman of the transportation authority. The ICC features seven interchanges at I-370 at…
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Twelve highway employees have been killed while repairing Maryland roads in the last 10 years. National Work Zone Awareness Week kicked off today with stories of preventable worker injuries.
Laurie Moser’s husband, Rick, worked with the State Highway Administration (SHA) in Maryland for 21 years, repairing roads and making highways safe for motorists, even while putting himself in precarious proximity to passing cars. Moser knew Rick’s profession was dangerous but she never expected to hear that a speeding driver had killed her husband on a summer day, June 26, 2007. “[I worried] mostly in the winter,” she said Monday. “Never in my life did I dream it would be a clear summer day that I would receive this news.” While her husband worked to clear debris from a state road, a Chevrolet 3500 truck crossed the shoulder of the lane and barreled into Rick at a speed of 60 mph, five miles above the posted limit. Rick was projected 170…
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Patch editors Lisa Rossi and Brian Hooks gave the ICC a test run. They are among those who tried the road before riders are charged toll fees beginning March 7.
It’s not every day that you get to drive on a highway that is only nine days old. But in the spirit of adventure, Patch editor Brian Hooks and I took a cruise on the smooth, newly poured pavement of the Intercounty Connector, the first section of the toll road expected to substantially slice the amount of time some suburban Washington and Baltimore commuters spend on the road. It’s the first new highway in more than a decade in Maryland, which is struggling with deteriorating roads and increasing commute times. State highway officials expect to complete the entire ICC in December of 2018. It could shave more than an hour off morning and evening commutes between Gaithersburg and BWI Airport, according to estimates from an ICC environmental …
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Patch asked a few people about the Intercounty Connector, which recently opened its first section last week.
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Monday, February 21, 2011
Representatives from Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, along with state legislators, joined Gov. O’Malley in opening the first stretch of the 18-mile road.
Maryland leaders past and present gathered in the rain on Monday to cut a ceremonial green ribbon, opening the first segment of the Intercounty Connector, which will eventually connect Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Officials say the new toll road is just the beginning of a push toward major improvement in transportation in Washington’s Maryland suburbs. Detractors call the road that will link Interstate 370 and Interstate 95 unnecessary and a drain on the environment but lawmakers stressed that it is a necessary part of other badly needed big-ticket transit projects in the area. “It’s bigger than a road, it really is,” Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) told the crowd of about 200 gathered at the ICC/MD200 intersection in Gaithersburg …