Week of I-270 Traffic Meltdowns Raises HOV Discussion

By Scott MacFarlane
|  Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014  |  Updated 6:44 PM EDT
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Week of I-270 Traffic Meltdowns Raises HOV Discussion

In the wake of three consecutive days of traffic meltdowns on Interstate 270, Montgomery County Council leaders will meet with state legislators in Annapolis Wednesday to discuss long-discussed plans for adding additional HOV lanes to the highway and Maryland portions of the Beltway.

The county council president and county executive will formally notify state officials by letter next week that planning and development of an expanded I-270 HOV lane project, including added lanes between Gaithersburg and Frederick on Interstate 495 South in Maryland, is a priority.

Even the most optimistic outlook would acknowledge a HOT lane project is years away from commencement. But Rice says there’s been intense frustration because of the saturation of local roads by I-270 bailout traffic this week.

A county official says additional HOV lanes would’ve prevented some of the large-scale detours of traffic onto smaller roads Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

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