First chance to weigh in on plan to add toll lanes to Beltway, I-270 in Md.

WASHINGTON — Maryland’s governor has proposed an ambitious plan to widen lanes on the Beltway and Interstate 270, and now the state wants to hear from the public about its plans.

The Tuesday meeting in Upper Marlboro is the first of four public forums about the I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study.

The Maryland Highway Administration calls the study the first step for public input on Governor Larry Hogan’s “Transportation Relief Plan,” which seeks to add express toll lanes to the Beltway and I-270 through public-private partnerships or P3s. The initiative was announced last September.

The first element of the state’s master plan, and the focus of the four public meetings, encompasses the entire Beltway between the American Legion and Woodrow Wilson bridges and I-270 between the Beltway and Gaithersburg.

The second element will tackle congestion the entire length of I-270 as well as the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

Tuesday’s open house is scheduled to take place at Dr. Henry Wise Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro at 6:30 p.m.

An environmental-impact statement prepared by the Federal Highway Administration and Maryland Department of Transportation will include a review of existing and future traffic, roadway and environmental conditions to identify alternatives and assess potential impacts.

Here are the dates and locations of all four meetings:

Tuesday, April 17

Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School
12650 Brooke Lane
Upper Marlboro, Md. 20772

Wednesday, April 18

Clarksburg High School
22500 Wims Road
Clarksburg, Md. 20871

Thursday, April 19

Bethesda Chevy Chase High School
4301 East-West Highway
Bethesda, Md. 20814

Tuesday, April 24

Eleanor Roosevelt High School
7601 Hanover Parkway
Greenbelt, Md. 20770

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