ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland board has approved changes in a public-private partnership to add toll lanes to the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270.

The 2-1 vote by the Board of Public Works on Wednesday enables the state to solicit bids for the highway expansion project in the suburbs of Washington to ease traffic congestion.

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Gov. Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot voted for the plan, while Treasurer Nancy Kopp voted against it.

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The changes scale back where toll roads would be on Interstate 495 initially. There won’t be toll lanes on I-495, east of I-270 for now. Plans still call for toll roads on I-495 from the George Washington Parkway in Virginia, across the American Legion Bridge, to I-270 in Maryland. The first section that would be delivered under the first phase also would include toll roads along I-270 from I-495 to I-370.

No existing lanes would have tolls.

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