Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Weather permitting, officials will change posted limits on Friday and Saturday.
State transportation officials are set to change signs on the Intercounty Connector (MD-200) this weekend to officially increase the speed limit from 55 mph to 60 mph. Weather permitting, westbound signs will be changed on Friday and eastbound signs on Saturday, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority. Officials said new warning signs for curves have also been added to the highway, which runs between I-270 and I-95 through Montgomery and Prince George's counties. The MDTA elected to raise the speed limit this past winter following engineering studies and crash analysis based the ICC’s first year of operations. “We needed one year of ICC operations and full consideration of the design speed and geometry of the roadway to ensure …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Main developer says the project will proceed.
Monday, March 18
The partnership behind the ambitious Konterra town center development proposed for Prince George's County has fallen apart, The Washington Post reported. The Gould Family, owner of Gould Property Co., had partnered with Forest City Washington on the planned multibillion-dollar project near Interstate-95 and the Intercounty Connector that would have totaled nearly two-thirds the size of Tysons Corner, the report said. But Deborah Ratner Salzberg, president of Forest City Washington, said at the end of last week that the two companies have parted ways, the Post reported. Kingdon Gould III, of Gould Property, told the Post that Konterra would proceed and that housing and retail will begin to be built "organically." Gould also reportedly …
Friday, December 21, 2012
But highway officials will analyze crash data on the Intercounty Connector before increasing the speed limit
Those clamoring for an increase in the Intercounter Connector's 55 mph speed limit may have reason to celebrate. An engineering study of the ICC has concluded that the speed of the highway can safely be raised to 60 mph, pending an analysis of crash data, The Baltimore Sun reports. The accident review of the toll road is expected to be completed by the end of February, at which point the Maryland Transportation Authority will make a decision on the speed limit, according to the report. The highway—designed for speeds up to 60 mph—has yet to see a fatal accident, and MdTA Police have recorded just 20 single-vehicle accidents, according to the report. Earlier in December, Montgomery County Council Member Phil Andrews said the toll road was …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
One contractor disputes that the company is at fault.
Engineers for Maryland's most high-tech highway are nearly half way to mending hairline fractures found in 10 of the bridges that carry the Intercounty Connector between Gaithersburg and Laurel. Repair work has wrapped up on four of those bridges and is set to start this week on three more. But who’s to blame for cracks at two other bridges remains at question. The contractor who designed those bridges is disputing the state’s assessment that the cracks are the contractor's fault. The ICC’s western third opened in February 2011 amid a flurry of both fanfare and skepticism. Eight months later, inspectors found cracks in three bridges along that 7.2-mile stretch—known as “Contract A”—in the ICC’s “pier caps,” the concrete structures …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The extension will stretch the ICC from I-270/I-370 in Montgomery County to I-95 in Prince George's County.
The fresh blacktop of the $2.45 billion Intercounty Connector will open today at 6 a.m. after more than 50 years of debate and four years of construction. The section opening today will allow commuters to drive quickly from I-370 in Montgomery County to I-95 in Prince George's County. Now, all that's left to build of the 18.2 mile highway is a small stretch connecting I-95 to Route 1, which is set to begin construction later this year or early next year. Maryland political leaders celebrated on Monday at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the major extension to Maryland’s newest toll road. Political leaders including Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, Deputy U.S. Transportation Secretary John Porcari, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. …
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 …
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Prince George's and Montgomery county officials joined U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Monday morning to cut ribbon on first phase of Intercounty Connector.
Politicians and other government officials celebrated the completion of the first section of the Intercounty Connector at a ceremony along the new toll highway Monday morning. The road is scheduled to open to traffic Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 6 a.m.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
A report on U.S. traffic delays finds the D.C. area tied with Chicago.
Commuters, the “aha” moment has arrived in the form of a report released Thursday, and it’s not a glee-filled moment. Unfortunately, your worst fears and concerns have been confirmed: The Washington metropolitan area is No. 1 in traffic delays. The Texas Transportation Institute’s (TTI) annual study on nationwide traffic congestion paints a bleak picture for our area. The D.C. region consistently ranks on the list of congested areas in the institute’s Urban Mobility Report. In the previous two years, Washington has ranked second to Los Angeles in traffic congestion. “There’s nothing in this report that it’s a surprise to us. They really tell us the obvious — what people experience every day, that congestion is an issue in the central …