Intercounty Connector (ICC)

The Intercounty Connector or ICC, is a proposed freeway in Maryland, to connect I-370 in Montgomery County to US-1 in Prince George's County. This highway was first proposed in the 1950s as part of an Outer Beltway for Washington, D.C. Other parts of the Outer Beltway were later cancelled, but the ICC remained on transportation master plans.

The Intercounty Connector (ICC) will link existing and proposed development areas between the I-370 and I-95/US-1 corridors within central and eastern Montgomery County and northwestern Prince George's County with a state-of-the-art, multi-modal east-west highway that limits access and accommodates the movement of passengers and goods. The highway will have tolls, and the funding to build the project will include a combination of toll revenue bonds and road use tax dollars.

From the History section of the Record of Decision: Intercounty Connector from I-270 to US 1, published in 2005 (excerpt in blue text):
An east-west highway across the middle of Montgomery County and into western Prince George’s County was first proposed as part of a larger Outer Beltway around Washington, D.C. in the 1950s. Although the concept of an Outer Beltway was dropped, the portion now under study as the ICC has been maintained ever since in local planning documents. These planning documents, designed to balance land use, environmental and transportation needs, were continually reviewed and updated by the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) and Montgomery and Prince George’s County governments pursuant to extensive public participation processes.

The extent of public debate over the ICC is perhaps best reflected by the fact that the project has been the subject of three separate Federal NEPA studies, only the current of which resulted in the completion of the process to a Final EIS and this ROD. Prior to the current study process, the FHWA and the SHA published Draft EISs and conducted public hearings in 1983 and again in 1997. Each draft NEPA study attracted a robust public response evidenced by an enormous volume of comments both for and against the proposal, but both times the studies were abandoned due to concerns expressed by the reviewing agencies over potential environmental impacts.

More information will be added in the future.

External Links

  • Maryland State Highway Administration Intercounty Connector (ICC) project website
  • Maryland Transportation Authority
  • The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
  • Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the ICC
  • Record of Decision for the Intercounty Connector
  • Washington Post ICC Map
  • Starts and Stops on the ICC, The Washington Post
  • ICC: The Selling of a Road, WTOP
  • Credits

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    By Scott M. Kozel, Roads to the Future

    (Created 2-7-2007)