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Proposed Amendment to the 2016 Constrained Long-Range Transportation Plan (CLRP)

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) has requested that the CLRP be amended to include the construction and implementation of the I-270 Innovative Congestion Management Project between I-70 and I-495. The project includes roadway improvements to increase capacity and eliminate bottlenecks, and technological improvements such as ramp metering, active traffic management, and virtual weigh stations. See the CLRP Project Description Form for more information. This project was not included in the Air Quality Conformity Analysis of the 2016 CLRP Amendment, and TPB staff have determined that this project needs to be included in an updated conformity determination prior to moving forward.

MDOT has proposed that this project be included in the upcoming off-cycle conformity analysis being conducted to include updates to the I-66 Outside the Beltway project and a new off-ramp from the northbound I-95 HOT lanes in Virginia, and the advancement of the Governor Harry W. Nice Bridge Improvement project in Maryland. There is no change proposed to the Scope of Work for the off-cycle conformity analysis. TPB staff agree that this proposal can be accommodated. 

This comment period will conclude at 11:59 P.M. on Saturday, May 13.

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I-270 Innovative Congestion Management Project SamanthaBakerFrederickMaryland21704I270 traffic I'm writing today to comment on the proposal to ease congestion on I270 in Maryland. I am not impressed by the proposal and don't think that the suggestions will ease congestion on this busy road. I do agree increasing the size of acceleration lanes may reduce accidents but the purpose of this project is to reduce congestion. I commute from Urbana to Rockville daily. My husband commutes to Arlington. I believe the current proposals won’t work because there are several new communities being built in Frederick County along the I270 and 15 corridors. This adds thousands of cars to the road every year. Local leaders in Frederick are in denial about the impact these new communities have on the infrastructure. No one can afford to live in Urbana, Lansdowne or any of the newer communities being built unless they are independently wealthy or they work in DC, Rockville or northern Virginia. There are very few jobs in Frederick County (or Washington County) that pay a salary that No file uploaded.
I-270 Innovative Congestion Management Project MichaelKimRockvilleMaryland20850MD's lack of progress on addressing roadsWe NEED more lanes and roads, plain and simple. Look what VA has done with 495 and their HOV/toll lanes; we need to expand our portion of 495 and 270 to support more cars; its plain and simple. MD's approach of reducing the # of cars and increasing shared transportation options is not working. The state is years behind the curve; if we don't attempt to catch up now, we'll be left behind. We need the following: 1 - HOT/toll lanes for 495 2 - HOT/toll lanes for 270 3 - modification of ICC tolls to support ride sharing(HOV3+) 4 - approval to build additional crossing/bridge over the Potomac river No file uploaded.
I-270 Innovative Congestion Management Project KelseySmithRockvilleMaryland20850I-270 Dos and Don'tsAs a life time Montgomery County resident and vehicle owner who commutes daily, I ask only that you do not add toll lanes to 270. These class-tiered transportation methods do not relieve traffic, they only allow those who can pay to get home quicker. Additionally, studies show that adding lanes to major roads doesn't reduce congestion, it only encouraged more people to drive and move into the area. It's a temporary fix. So I am in favor of the plan to manage on-ramps and have better, digital signage. But a better, long term fix would be to develop public transit lanes, make the bus system amazing and easy. Anything to encourage people to ditch their cars. If you add capacity, people will always fill it. But if you give us the best transit in the world, we will use it and reduce damage on the roads, the environment, and our free time. Thank you. No file uploaded.
I-270 Innovative Congestion Management Project EricVan TolGaithersburgMaryland20878I270 Traffic ReliefAs a daily driver on I270, I must say that one way to relieve some of the congestion and make I270 *safer* is to eliminate the local lanes. Their design makes literally no sense. Take the entrance ramps from I370 heading southbound. Cars will attempt to cross two full lanes of traffic immediately upon getting into the I270 local lane, while cars in the local lane are trying to exit onto the Shady Grove exit. It causes too much braking, backups, and near accidents when cars going 50MPH or more are all trying to cross each other's lanes at the same time. This causes backups for miles - all it takes is one person hitting their brakes to cause a chain reaction. The same thing happens northbound at the Shady Grove entrance ramps. Cars attempt to cross the lanes to get to the express lanes while at the same time, cars exiting are trying to get to the I370 exit. It's a mess. Local lanes are stupid and pointless. It won't solve the problems, but it will help.No file uploaded.
I-270 Innovative Congestion Management Project Ben BellFrederickMaryland21704270 SolutionsI read on WTOP the leading ideas for addressing the issue of congestion on 270. The primary issue is the congestion between Frederick and Clarksburg. This is the only stretch of 270 that is congested on the weekends (yes, it's bad on the weekends too). And it happens consistently. In the mornings, the southbound lanes are the first to become congested. In the afternoon the northbound lanes are first. The most significant traffic accidents occur in this stretch. The only solution is to add two additional lanes in each direction. There are very few "major" interstates in Maryland that only hanger two lanes. It's sad that no one wants to recognize this reality.No file uploaded.
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