ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has canceled this week’s meeting over a proposed plan to add toll lanes to the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270.
The Washington Post on Sunday first reported the three-member board was expected to vote as early as Wednesday on the most recent changes proposed by the Republican governor.
The move will push the debate into early next year, a Hogan spokesperson confirmed with WTOP.
No reason was given in the Sat. night internal email and a request for comment from the governor’s press office was not immediately returned.
Franchot wants more time to study and perhaps propose changes to the state’s plan to widen the American Legion Bridge, I-495 and I-270.
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“Our historic, bipartisan agreement with Virginia means that we are finally close to solving the region’s traffic crisis,” the spokesperson said.
The $9 billion plan calls for a public-private partnership to add new toll lanes to reduce traffic.
The newspaper reports Hogan needs the vote of fellow board member state Comptroller Peter Franchot. Franchot last week said he objected to recent changes.
“We continue to have positive discussions with the Comptroller, and appreciate his support for the project,” Hogan’s office said on Sunday.
WTOP’s Madeleine Simon contributed to this report.
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