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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

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
  • 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 For more on Rockville’s federal priorities, contact Linda Moran at 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

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.

Rockville Supports Transit, Opposes Widening or Adding I-270 Lanes

City Manager: Modifying Existing Lanes Could Be Considered

The City of Rockville remains opposed to the taking of residences, businesses or city infrastructure as part of the state’s I-495 & I-270 Public-Private Partnership Program, City Manager Rob DiSpirito said in an Aug. 23 letter to the Maryland Department of Transportation.

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Mayor and Council Oppose I-270 Widening, Additional Lanes

Letter to the State Details Pollution and Traffic Concerns

The Mayor and Council in May sent a letter to the Maryland Department of Transportation expressing opposition to any widening or addition of lanes to Interstate 270 in Rockville as part of the state’s I-495 & I-270 Public-Private Partnership Program.

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City Legislative Priorities: Aid for Schools and Seniors, Protection of Homes

Maryland General Assembly’s 90-Day Session Begins Jan. 8

Rockville’s 2020 state legislative priorities include school construction, opposition to the state taking homes or businesses as part of plans to widen Interstate 270, a noise barrier along I-270, and senior services.

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