A Few Clouds 53°

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has proposed adding four lanes to I-495 in Maryland, starting at the American Legion Bridge

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has proposed adding four lanes to I-495 in Maryland, starting at the American Legion Bridge

Wikimedia Commons

Maryland Seeks Industry Input on Major Road Widening

The Maryland Department of Transportation on Wednesday will hold an industry forum to discuss plans for adding four new lanes to major highways in the state.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has proposed widening I-270, I-495, and I-295 (Baltimore-Washington Parkway) as part of a $9 billion plan to ease traffic congestion.

Wednesday’s industry forum is part of a effort to gain private sector support and develop public-private partnerships to carry out the project. The “Traffic Relief Plan” calls for private developers to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain new lanes on I-495 between the American Legion Bridge and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and on I-270 between I-495 and I-70.

The plan also calls for the National Park Service to hand over control of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway to the Maryland Transportation Authority.

The plan, announced in September, calls for two express toll lanes to be added to I-495 and I-270 as a way to ease congestion. The express lanes would be paid for using money from the related tolls, and tolls would also support the widening of the Parkway, officials said.

Maryland officials claim that the cost of congestion in the state was estimated to be $2 billion in 2015, up from $1.7 billion two years prior. About 97% of that congestion stems from the Washington/Baltimore region, officials said.

The industry forum will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the BWI Airport Marriott, located at 1743 West Nursery Rd., Linthicum. Members of the public can register for free.


Click here to sign up for commuter news and transit updates for free, delivered to your inbox Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.

Related articles

  1. In addition to being a deputy chief for the Md. state fire marshal, Cohen was a lieutenant for the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department.

    Weekend I-270 Crash Leaves Good Samaritan Md. Fire Official, Off-Duty FBI Agent Dead

    Friday night’s incident highlights the dangers of securing and responding to highway accident scenes.

    Read More
  2. Separate Weekend Incidents Mar Commute on Capital Beltway Near I-270 Spur

    Motorists traveling on I-495 near the I-270 spur experienced a D.C. commuting nightmare over the weekend, with two separate incidents bringing traffic to a standstill for hours on Saturday night and slowing it to a trickle Sunday night.

    Read More
  3. MDOT Argues for Inclusion of I-270 Improvements to CLRP

    Maryland transportation officials are arguing for the addition of roadway improvements, state-of-the-art ramp metering and virtual weigh stations to Interstate 270 be included as part of a long-term regional plan to reduce congestion on D.C.-area roads and highways.

    Read More