Traffic Volume Dips In Intercounty Connector

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) — The first day of toll collections on the new Intercounty Connector has led to a big drop in the number of drivers using the 7-mile stretch of highway.

The Maryland Transportation Authority reports that about 2,100 vehicles traveled the ICC between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. Monday. That’s down from about 5,500 a day during peak hours while the toll road was free.

A trip on the ICC costs $1.45 during the morning and afternoon rush hours. It costs less during off-peak and overnight hours.

The 7-mile section between Gaithersburg and Olney opened Feb. 23 for what officials called a “test-drive” period with no tolls.

When the ICC is completed late this year or early next year, it will cover 18.8 miles, connecting Interstate 270 in Gaithersburg with I-95 in Laurel.

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

Comments

More From CBS Baltimore

Tune In To The Grammys On Feb 15!
Track Weather On The Go With Our App!

Listen Live