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Statement of Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice on Governor Hogan’s Decision to Fund Improvements to I-270

For Immediate Release: Friday, June 26, 2015

Montgomery County Councilmember Craig Rice, who represents Council District 2 that includes much of the northern part of the County, made the following statement after Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced the State will provide funding for improvements to Interstate 270:

“In Montgomery County, our population growth and economic activity have outpaced the capacity of our roadways. I am delighted that Governor Hogan has made good on his pledge to restore transportation funding for much needed infrastructure improvements in our County. Improvements to Interstate 270 have always been a priority for me and my Council colleagues.

“According to Maryland State Highway mobility reports, I-270 is the highest volume roadway in Maryland with individual sections of the interstate serving more than 240,000 vehicles per day. It is also known for some of the worst bottlenecks and congested interstate segments in the State. Interstate 270 is also home to some of the most successful biotech companies in the area that help drive the economic engine of Maryland.

“Investing $100 million for innovative congestion reduction along I-270 will help shorten commutes for working families and support our economic future. While this investment is nowhere close to the full funding required to solve all of the issues along this highly-traveled interstate, it will help move us in the right direction.”
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Release ID: 15-212
Media Contact: Neil Greenberger 240-777-7939