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.
The Federal Highway Administration, State Highway Administration and the Maryland Department of the Environment are holding in-person hearings from noon-9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the Homewood Suites by Hilton, 9103 Basil Court in Largo; and Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Hilton Washington, D.C./Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, 1750 Rockville Pike. The final of four virtual/online public hearings is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 3.
Individuals without internet access can listen to the virtual hearing live by calling 855-432-1483 and pressing * to hear options. Individuals can use the same number to leave testimony by voicemail from noon-9 p.m. Sept. 1 and 10, and from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept 3.
Staff from the city’s Traffic and Transportation Division will work with Rockville’s Mayor and Council to draft the city’s response to the DEIS. The Mayor and Council are scheduled to discuss the city’s response during their meeting on Monday, Sept. 14.
The Mayor and Council sent a letter on June 30 urging the Maryland Department of Transportation to put the brakes on the project, which would widen interstates 270 and 495.