Intercounty Connector Is Ready For Rush Hour

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (WJZ) — It first hit the drawing boards 50 years ago. Now, the first half of the Intercounty Connector is ready for rush hour.

Alex DeMetrick reports rush hour is when the ICC will be making most of its money in tolls.

The first 5.5-miles of the Intercounty Connector is finished, linking Interstate 370 with Georgia Avenue in Montgomery County.  But the ICC’s only traffic Monday was made up of people headed for the ribbon cutting.

The ICC opens to traffic on Wednesday. About 21,000 cars a day are expected.

“The new ICC stretch cuts the drive from Shady Grove Metro to Georgia Avenue from 22 minutes to — get this — just seven minutes,” said Governor Martin O’Malley.

“During the peak travel times, the toll rate is $1.45, during off-peak it’s $1.15 and during the overnight periods it will be $.60,” said Cheryl Sparks, Maryland Transportation Authority spokesperson. 

By the time the $2.5 billion connector finishes in Prince George’s County, 4,500 jobs will have built it.

“It kept us busy for the last three years alone,” said Robert Sedjarshad, construction worker.

Not that everyone sees the road as progress.

“This road is an abomination,” said a protestor.  “Deforestation, wetlands removed, streams and creeks.”

The Intercounty Connector’s planners claim newly planted trees, stream restoration and dedicated wetlands make it the greenest highway in Maryland history.

The Intercounty Connector is an east-west highway connecting Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. It will be Maryland’s first all-electronic toll road.

The first section of the ICC opens Wednesday at 6 a.m.  No tolls will be charged for the first two weeks.

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  1. donald duck says:

    OMalley needs a new He-man hair piece.

  2. Herman Glimsher says:

    THAT ROAD IS A WASTE OF MONEY………….THAT ROAD IS SUPPOSED TO ALLEVIATE TRAFFIC CONGESTION ON THE BELTWAY AND 270 AND IT’S NOT GOING TO MAKE A BIT OF DIFFERENCE…………………AND, ONCE THE COMMUTERS START REALIZING HOW MUCH THOSE TOLLS ADD UP TO THEY’LL GO BACK TO THE BELTWAY.
    AND, FOR THOSE OF US THAT GREW UP AROUND HERE AND KNOW THE SHORTCUTS IT’S VERY EASY TO GET FROM NORTHERN PG COUNTY TO MONTGOMERY COUNTY…………RT.198, 216, 108, THERE ARE MANY, MANY BACKROAD SHORTCUTS.

  3. seashell says:

    Sure hope it’s worth it for those commuters in that area..What we needed in Balto Co was a monorail system . 695 & 95 is still a congested headache.with or without the new 95 on off ramp construction.

  4. Bite Me says:

    I will take the long shortcut they use our tax dollars then charge again to use the road what a waste of our tax money

  5. Julie Martin-Korb says:

    Another lie from O’Malley and the State to try to justify this $3 billion boondoggle. It only takes 12 minutes to drive from the Shady Grove Metro Station to Georgia Avenue. I made that drive, duplicating the route of the ICC, every school-day the past three years.

  6. j says:

    The road may not be a waste of money, but it wasn’t O’Malley’s fault. If any of you would read it was in the works for 50 YEARS. Like most politicians, O’Malley inherited an unfinished project that had already spent a cool billion. In fact, he probably helped save tax payers money by having the already started, yet unfinished project completed instead of leaving it to sit barely moving for another 50 years. This is why we have the problems we have today. Too many stupid people out there who can’t digest the facts before bashing on every politician. Why don’t you go, get some small island somewhere and start your own country, and shut the hell up. It can not be easy coming in behind people inheriting projects and debts and bills that are all long over due that companies paid off politicians to leave in limbo, so they could make money on retainer basis.

    As well, this road was fought long and hard. It may end up being to PG county like RT100 is to Howard, and I use that road frequently.

    1. Julie Martin-Korb says:

      “If any of you would read it was in the works for 50 YEARS.” No. There was a right-of-way reserved. It was not “in the works,” by any stretch of the imagination. Indeed, Glendening had started trying to sell off the land. The ICC did not even start being “in the works,” until the Ehrlich administration jump-started the project.

      “O’Malley inherited an unfinished project that had already spent a cool billion.” No. That is just plain wrong as well. A few millions, supplied by the federal government, had been spent on studies, and Ehrlich had stuck a shovel in the ground for a photo-op.

      Those are the facts.

    2. jerryenowitch7 says:

      Rte 100 is a drag race death trap. Your comments pro OMalley were out of order. Every politician inherits problems & I really feel for the guy / woman who has to pick up or shovel all OMalley’s s…..t. Already a 20% increase in the sales tax, this prick must think everybody works for the federal gov. & is immune to the rising cost of living im Md. Much as I want to I am trapped at my age, health & financial to move out of this tax & spend state.

      J, Get bent cone head.

  7. Herman Glimsher says:

    WELL THE TOLLS DON’T JUST PAY FOR THAT NEW ROAD………WE STILL PAY $2.50 TO GO OVER THE BAY BRIDGE…….THAT BRIDGE WAS PAID FOR AT LEAST 1000 TIMES OVER BY NOW…………THEY USE THAT $2.50 TO PAY (SUPPOSEDLY) FOR OTHER ROAD/BRIDGE/TUNNEL UPKEEP AND MAINTENANCE……….YEAH, RIGHT……………I THOUGHT VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEES AND DRIVER’S LICENSE FEES WERE SUPPOSED TO PAY FOR ROAD MAINTENANCE?????

    IT’S A SCAM!!!! WE’RE STILL PAYING FOR KEY BRIDGE AND THE TUNNELS IN BALTIMORE?????

  8. Herman Glimsher says:

    IN ADDITION, IN THIS TIME WHEN THE TREEHUGGERS WANT US TO BE GREEN AND SAVE THE BAY……A ROAD LIKE THAT JUST ADDS TO POLLUTION IN THE BAY………….MORE ROADS MEANS MORE STORMWATER RUNOFF INTO THE BAY………MORE ROADS MEANS MORE DEVELOPMENT, I.E. MORE OFFICE BUILDINGS MORE PARKING LOTS, MORE HOUSING, MORE SHOPPING CENTERS…………..,MORE ROADS EQUALS FEWER TREES AND OTHER PLANT LIFE TO SLOW THE RUNOFF INTO THE BAY

    AND, THIS ROAD HASN’T BEEN IN THE WORKS FOR 50 YEARS…………..JUST BECAUSE SOME JACKWAGON POLITICIAN SAID THEY’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT FOR 50 YEARS THAT DOESN’T MEAN IT’S ACTUALLY IN THE WORKS………..POLITICIANS LOVE TO TAKE CREDIT FOR THINGS BY SAYING THEY’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT…………LIKE JACKWAGON AL GORE CLAIMING HE INVENTED THE INTERNET…………IT WAS ONLY 20 YEARS AGO THAT THEY STARTED DOING THE FEASIBILITY STUDIES.

    1. barry says:

      UNTRUE STATEMENT–The ICC was on the MontCo books 50 years ago when I bought my house in Burtonsville. The feasibility studies 20 years ago and all the successive ones were a waste of taxpayers’ money caused by the tree huggers who tried to justify NOT building the ICC. I support cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. I also support clean air and believe the ICC will improve air quality by eliminating thousands of cars idlying in bumper to bumper traffic.

  9. jerryenowitch7 says:

    Way to tell em Herman G…..That stiff suit Julie orb, has about as much knowledge of current & historical events as she has personality. I’ve heard mannequins make better statements.

  10. bernard F Mc Kernan says:

    Wait until the people get tired of paying the tolls which are nothing but a regressive tax, traffic backups, then they will find alternate routes just like they did prior to this money pit waste.

  11. derrickman says:

    It’s called the concreting of America you jack offs. When all the green has been paved & the run off kills the fish & crabs, you all will sit in your overheated cars in gridlock & moan. I see the toll booth just ahead. Go f……K yourselves & take OMalley with you.

  12. americanprick says:

    POS Highway. Who will be or wants to be the first to make history & die on this s….t highway?

  13. jay says:

    The politicias did it because they wanted to do something that they can be proud of and makes THEMSELVES LOOK GOOD!!

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