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Mayor and Council to State: Don’t Build the I-270/I-495 Widening Project

Letter Details City Concerns About Potential Harm to Homes, How the Pandemic Will Impact Travel Demand

An environmental study of the state project to widen interstates 270 and 495 between the American Legion Bridge and Frederick with toll lanes is “severely flawed,” the Mayor and Council said in a letter to the Maryland Department of Transportation.

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Public Comment Period Extended for I-270/I-495 Widening Project

The I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study Draft Environmental Impact Statement, released in July, is available for public comment through Monday, Nov. 9, after the state in late August extended the comment period by 30 days to allow the public and agencies more time to review the lengthy document.

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Public Hearings Set for
I-270/I-495 Widening Project

Comment Period Extended to Nov. 9

The I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study Draft Environmental Impact Statement, released in July, is available for public comment until Monday, Nov. 9, after the state in late August extended the comment period by 30 days to allow the public and agencies more time to review the lengthy document.

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Mayor and Council Call on State to Slow its Roll on I-270/I-495 Widening

The state should put the brakes on a project to widen interstates 270 and 495, Rockville’s Mayor and Council said in a letter to the Maryland Department of Transportation.

“The City of Rockville requests that MDOT put a pause on the project and process,” the letter states. “It is not responsible to continue spending taxpayers’ money on preliminary design, environmental studies, and hiring a developer while the country is facing significant economic changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is also predicted that teleworking will be more acceptable and widely implemented in the future, which will likely lower traffic volumes on I-495 and I-270. Therefore, it only makes sense to hold off on next steps for this project until a new purpose and need is defined.”

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City Opposes I-270 Widening

The Mayor and Council continued efforts in January to oppose a state project to widen interstates 270 and 495 over the American Legion Bridge with toll lanes, as a state board approved the project.

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SHA to Host Workshops on Section of I-270

The State Highway Administration will host a series of public workshops in Frederick and Montgomery counties in mid-November to provide an overview of plans for Interstate 270 between interstates 370 and 70. The workshops will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. as follows:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Clarksburg High School, 22500 Wims Road, Clarksburg.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 13 at Lincoln Recreation Center, Lincoln Elementary School, 200 Madison St., Frederick.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Urbana Fire Department Banquet Hall, 3602 Urbana Pike, Frederick.
  • Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg.

The workshops will provide an overview of pre-National Environmental Policy Act activities and the NEPA process; discuss the transportation needs of the corridor; and identify potential solutions and existing environmental considerations.

Pre-NEPA activities include a review of existing and future traffic, roadway and environmental conditions to inform the development of alternatives. There will be a brief presentation at 7 p.m. during each workshop. Attendees will be able to review display boards and meet with SHA staff.

Meeting materials, including an online presentation, will be available at 495-270-p3.com.

City Wants Federal Help for Homes Near I-270, Infrastructure, School Safety

The city took the following requests for federal support to a June 4 meeting with the city’s congressional delegation in Washington, D.C.:

  • Protecting community interests in the proposed project to widen interstates 270 and 495: The Mayor and Council are vigorously advocating with the state Department of Transportation and the governor to protect homes, businesses, and infrastructure from being taken from the nine Rockville neighborhoods that abut I-270. Read more about Rockville’s efforts on behalf of the community at https://rockvillereports.com/?s=I-270.
  • National infrastructure program funding: The Mayor and Council support a potential $2 trillion federal program to rebuild the nation’s crumbling infrastructure and submitted a list of several shovel-ready Rockville projects, including sanitary sewer improvements, stormwater system renovations, bridge rehabilitations, and asphalt repair and replacement.
  • Advocacy for school safety: Calling public safety one of their highest priorities, the Mayor and Council said the city is ready to partner with the city’s congressional delegation to support federal gun control legislation, including new background checks and firearms safety research. Additional federal aid and technical support would also benefit students attending public schools in Rockville and could be used to provide additional school resource officers and advanced security measures.


Find more information, including video of the Mayor and Council’s June 3 discussion of the federal priorities at www.rockvillemd.gov/AgendaCenter. For more on Rockville’s federal priorities, contact Linda Moran at lmoran@rockvillemd.gov or 240-314-8115.

State to Host Workshops on Proposed I-270/I-495 Widening Project

The State Highway Administration is hosting public workshops across Montgomery and Prince George’s counties this month about a proposed project to widen interstates 270 and 495, including a workshop in Rockville on Thursday, April 25.

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State Responds to Mayor and Council’s Request to Put I-270 Pledge in Writing

The state has responded to a request by Rockville’s Mayor and Council to formally commit to not take homes or breach sound wall boundaries as part of a proposed project to widen Interstates 270 and 495.

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Mayor and Council to State: Put I-270 Pledge in Writing

City Wants governor to commit in writing Not to Take Homes

Rockville’s Mayor and Council are asking Gov. Larry Hogan to commit – in writing – to not take homes or breach sound wall boundaries as part of a proposed project to widen Interstates 270 and 495.

In a Sept. 28 letter to Hogan and state transportation officials, the Mayor and Council cited public statements by Hogan and state transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn that no homes will be taken.

“We thank you for these positive statements and for listening to the community’s concerns,” the Mayor and Council wrote.

“We respectfully request that Governor Hogan commit his intentions to writing and place them on the I-270 & I-495 project web site. Additionally, please confirm that the sound walls in place will not be breached.”

The letter follows efforts by the Mayor and Council and by Rockville communities to meet with state officials and to generate comments urging the state to protect neighborhoods abutting I-270.

To learn more and comment on the project, visit https://495-270-p3.com/contact.

I-270 and I-495 Managed Lanes Study Sept. 28, 2018 letter.

A Sept. 28 letter from Rockville’s Mayor and Council to Gov. Larry Hogan and state transportation officials called on Hogan to put in writing the state’s commitment to not take homes or breach sound wall barriers.

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