Governor Announces Plan To Reduce I-270 Congestion

At a news conference Monday along the interstate in Potomac, Governor Larry Hogan announced a $229.6 million plan to ease traffic backups along the I-270 corridor and on local roads in Montgomery County. Governor Hogan unveiled $100 million in new funding for the I-270 Innovative Congestion Management Project, as well as plans to construct a new $129.6 million interchange at I-270 and Watkins Mill Road.

The State plans to advertise the interchange project in spring 2017 and start construction next summer, according to the Governor’s press release. The  project will support economic development and reduce congestion at the nearby I-270/MD 124 interchange and MD 355/MD 124 intersection to the south. It will also provide access from I-270 to the Metropolitan Grove MARC station.

Governor Hogan says the state will soon begin collecting proposals from transportation firms for the $100 million project and will begin discussing and examining the submissions in the fall.

The Hogan administration is also delivering an additional $1 million for shuttle bus service that will transport riders between Metro stations, to facilitate mobility while Metro undergoes repairs later this year.

See WTOP’s website for more information.