Public will hear about proposed Beltway, I-270 toll lanes at meetings

Traffic is often heavy through Bethesda at the Beltway and I-270 Spur Interchange. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

Thursday marks the start of a series of public meetings that will focus on plans from Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration to add toll lanes to parts of the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270 in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

The meetings, hosted by Maryland’s Department of Transportation, are meant to provide information and give members of the public a chance to share their thoughts.

There will be six such workshops held throughout April and two more in May.

The first one is set for Thursday night at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover. There will be another one Saturday morning and afternoon at Pyle Middle School in Bethesda.

“On average, travelers navigate between seven and 10 hours of daily traffic congestion on I-270 and I-495,” the department said in a statement. “To address this congestion, the Federal Highway Administration and the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration are completing the I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study.”

A list of seven proposals is under review in the study, including various plans to add Express Toll Lanes or High Occupancy/Toll Lanes to the highways.

On Express Toll Lanes, toll prices can vary based on the time of day or on actual traffic conditions. High Occupancy/Toll Lanes, on the other hand, are free to High Occupancy Vehicles while lower occupancy vehicles can use them by paying a toll.

“This study aims to provide a solution that addresses congestion, improves trip reliability, and enhances existing and planned mobility and connectivity for other modes of travel, including transit,” said the transportation department.

During the public meetings, a team with the transportation department will guide attendees through workshop materials that will include informational displays, handouts, and interactive and hard copy mapping.

Staff members will be on hand to answer questions, and public comments will be accepted both at the workshops and online.

You can find the locations and times of all the public meetings below:

  • Thursday, April 11, 2019
    6:30 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.
    Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex
    8001 Sheriff Road
    Landover, MD 20785
  • Saturday, April 13, 2019
    10 a.m. — 12 p.m.
    Pyle Middle School
    6311 Wilson Lane
    Bethesda, MD 20817
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019
    6:30 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.
    Eleanor Roosevelt High School
    7601 Hanover Parkway
    Greenbelt, MD 20770
  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019
    6:30 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.
    Eastern Middle School
    300 University Blvd., East
    Silver Spring, MD 20901
  • Thursday, April 25, 2019
    6:30 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.
    Thomas Wootton High School
    2100 Wootton Parkway
    Rockville, MD 20850
  • Saturday, April 27, 2019
    10 a.m. — 12 p.m.
    Suitland Community Center
    5600 Regency Lane
    Suitland-Silver Hill, MD 20746W
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019
    6:30 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.
    Oxon Hill High School
    6701 Leyte Drive
    Oxon Hill, MD 20745
  • Thursday, May 16, 2019
    6:30 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.
    Seneca Valley High School
    19401 Crystal Rock Drive
    Germantown, MD 20874

Nick Iannelli

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