Maryland's new Inter County Connector (ICC) tollroad got off to a strong start today as the first 8.8 mile segment I-270 in Shady Grove to MD97 Georgia Avenue/MD28 opened. Barriers were removed at 1:15am Feb 23 westbound. The eastbound lanes opened about 3:20am.
Short of major winter storms disrupting finishing touches Maryland's state highway authorities will open the first segment of the Inter County Connector 6am Feb 22. Maryland Transportation Authority (MdTA) reported the planned opening as an announcement today by the Governor Martin O'Malley. This is the first all-electronic tollroad in the US northeast.
Maryland DOT's Melinda Peters got recognition this week from Engineering News Record magazine as tops in her business. She's project director for the largest new tollroad under construction in the country, Maryland's Inter County Connector, first segment of which will open within weeks.
A consultants study of upgrade options for the I-95 toll plaza at Perryville in northeast Maryland has suggested going to three lanes of open road tolling plus seven or eight stop-to-pay/cash toll lanes, or else jumping right to all-electronic tolling (AET).
Maryland (Toll) Transportation Authority (MdTA) has cancelled a longrunning effort to procure a new concessionaire for the two traveler service plazas on I-95 Kennedy Highway.
The Baltimore's Sun's transportation reporter Michael Dresser has a nice piece on Earle 'Jock' Freedman's career as head bridge engineer at the Maryland State Highway Administration. He just celebrated his 80th birthday, and the 60th anniversary of being signed up with the predecessor State Roads Commission.
Freedman has worked on some 2,500 Maryland bridges.
He has been head of the Office of Bridge Development for 36 years.
Great merriment here today in Frederick Maryland, since according to the signage over I-70 we've got a new Interstate: I-85.
The Washington DC metro area's long-awaited Intercounty Connector (ICC) tollroad will open its first western segment late 2010 or early 2011 with peak-hour toll rates of 25c/mile, 20c/mile off-peak and 10c night rates for cars. In metric measures that's 15.5c/km, 12c/km, and 6c/km.
The National Weather Service said that here in Frederick MD we got the heaviest snowfall of anywhere in the Washington DC/Baltimore metro area in the Big Snow of Feb 5/6 - 33.8 inches, 86cm. Alexandria VA was reported at a respectable 28.9in 73cm. DC itself got a feeble 17.8in 45cm. All that hot air?
Toll people got a good belly laugh at the Chicago Tribune recently with their headline that referred to TransCore as a "troubled" company. "Tollway sticks with troubled customer-service firm" ran the headline Dec 17.