GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) — The first segment of the newest toll road in the Washington region is now open.

The first seven miles of the $2.6 billion Intercounty Connector linking Maryland’s Montgomery and Prince George’s counties opened to drivers on Wednesday morning. It runs from the Interstate 270 corridor to the Georgia Avenue corridor.

The toll road is free until March 6.

The rest of the six-lane highway connecting Gaithersburg and Laurel is expected to be finished late this year or early next year. It will be known as Route 200.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (3)

    We live in one of the highest taxed states in the nation,We have the worst roads with the most unsafe highway systems in the world,and now i have to pay MORE to drive on them.

    1. Tax Payer Too says:

      A little bit of hyperbole can be entertaining, but Maryland roads are certainly better than most other states, let alone other countries. Have you driven the roads in VA, PA, or NJ?

  2. bernard mc kernan says:

    If considered part of the interstate system, this road should be toll free & paid for in full by the tax on the federal gas you pay for when gassing up. No, the federal monies sent to Md have been squandered by the politicians. In California, there is a law that monitors & makes it impossible the money be stolen. Ca. for all it’s problems has no toll roads whatsoever.

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