ICC Opening Delayed

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    NEWSLETTERS

    NBCWashington.com

    For those of you planning on lining up to be one of the first drivers to put tire to pavement on the new Intercounty Connector toll road, you're wait just got a little bit longer.

    The grand opening of the ICC, which was scheduled for Tuesday morning, has been delayed one day due to weather expected to enter the area Monday night.

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    A seven-mile section of the Intercounty Connector, from Gaithersburg to Silver Spring, will open to the public on February 22. Chris Gordon took a tour of the new road. (Published Tuesday, Feb 15, 2011)

    The new start time is 6 a.m. Wednesday -- weather permitting, of course.

    Why the delays? The expected wintry mix that is predicted to start Monday evening could have prevented crews from completing the final overnight work necessary to adjust traffic patterns on adjacent highways.

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    "For safety and logistical reasons, we need to push the opening of the ICC about 24 hours," said Acting Maryland Transportation Authority Executive Secretary Harold Bartlett. "There is transition work that must take place overnight before we can open the ICC and that work cannot take place in wet or icy conditions. This is certainly an anticipated day and we appreciate motorists' understanding that we also need Mother Nature's cooperation in this."

    The event to celebrate the completion of the first segment of the ICC will still be held Monday at 11 a.m. as scheduled.

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    The delay will give you a chance to get an EZ-Pass.  Find out all about the tolls on the ICC and where to get the EZ-Pass, which is necessary to drive on the road by clicking here.