April 10, 2019

FHWA and MDOT SHA to Hold Eight Public Workshops on Alternatives for the I-495 & I-270 Managed Lanes Study in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties.

Please plan to attend one of the eight public workshops in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. We have also planned two Saturday meetings to accommodate busy schedules, which was a popular request in the last round of meetings.

  • The MDOT SHA team will guide attendees through the workshop materials that will include informational displays and handouts, with interactive and hard copy mapping. Staff will be available to answer questions.
  • During the week, two presentations will occur at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. On Saturdays, two presentations will occur at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Presentations are the same and will provide an overview of where we are today with time for questions and answers.
  • Comments will be accepted at the public workshops through hard copy and online comment forms and by email and mail. Throughout the study, we welcome your feedback.

BACKGROUND

Multiple studies over the last decade have shown that the National Capital Region is one of the most congested in the nation, and Marylanders face the second highest commuting times in the country. Today, on average, travelers have to navigate seven hours of traffic congestion daily on I-270. The duration is even worse on I-495 with travelers having to navigate 10 hours of congestion daily.

To address this congestion, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) are completing the I-495 & I-270 Managed Lanes Study. This study is looking to provide a solution that addresses congestion, improves trip reliability, and enhances existing and planned mobility and connectivity for other modes of travel including transit. The study begins on I-495 south of the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Virginia, and includes addressing the serious regional bottleneck at the American Legion Bridge, and extends to the west of MD 5 and includes I-270 from I-495 to I-370.

Since presenting the Preliminary Range of Alternatives in July 2018, MDOT SHA completed an initial screening which reduced the preliminary alternatives to seven recommended Screened Alternatives. Public workshops are being held to present the traffic, environmental, and financial analyses for the recommended Screened Alternatives along with the recommendations for the alternatives to be retained for detailed study in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

A virtual workshop will also be available on the
program website starting April 11, 2019.

For more information on the I-495 & I-270 Managed Lanes Study,
visit the Program Website.

REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE: The Maryland Relay Service can assist teletype users at 7-1-1. Persons requiring assistance to participate, such as an interpreter for hearing/speech difficulties or assistance with the English language, should contact the project toll-free number at 833-858-5960.