Glendening kills plan for ICC
Sep. 24, 1999

September 23, 1999

Glendening kills plan for ICC

ANNAPOLIS -- Gov. Parris N. Glendening said no Sept. 22 to the long-debated Intercounty Connector road, and said he would immediately order rights of way along the northern alignment to be sold. The proceeds will pay for intersection improvements.

He proposed a $250 million package of intersection improvements instead. To answer the need for an east-west roadway in Montgomery and Prince George's counties, Glendening said he would propose building a western roadway between Interstate 370 and state Route 97 and an eastern roadway between U.S. Routes 1 and 29.

The ICC was incompatible with Smart Growth and would have been an environmental disaster, the governor said at a Sept. 22 State House news conference.

He said building the ICC would save commuters between Gaithersburg and Laurel only 33 minutes, where his improvements would save 15 minutes at a lower cost and less damage to the environment.

Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, who has supported the ICC, said this afternoon, "I am deeply disappointed in the governor's decision not to build the ICC. ... The governor has condemned us to gridlock. Simply put, this administration is out of touch with reality ... our congestion problems are serious and getting worse."

Montgomery County Councilman Derick Berlage, speaking for the council, applauded the governor's decision.

"The ICC would have been a financial boondoggle and an environmental disaster. The governor's decision allows us to get on the real transportations improvements that will make a real difference to Montgomery County workers and their families," he said.

"The best thing about this decision is that it allows us to get on with less controversial projects and build them quickly," Berlage (D-Dist. 5) of Silver Spring said in a prepared statement.