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I-70 corridor SHA discusses I-70 improvements

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Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 2:00 am

Highway officials are considering options for the next phase of improvements to I-70.

The State Highway Administration shared suggestions to improve traffic flow along the I-70 corridor in Frederick with transportation advocates at Monday's Frederick Area Committee for Transportation meeting.

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23 comments:

  • dannyfran999 posted at 8:22 pm on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    dannyfran999 Posts: 49

    Improving I-270 / U.S 15 should be top priority. Should be 3 lanes from Clarksburg to Old Frederick Rd. The stretch of 15 from 26 to Thurmont needs fixed. Get rid of the at-grade intersections and build bridges and exit ramps.
    There should be exits at ( Heyward Rd / Wormans Mils Rd , Monocacy Blvd , Sundays Lane , Biggs Ford Rd , Old Frederick Rd , and Lewistown Rd). !5 is a busy and dangerous rd. I've never had a problem with I-70. But don't drive that road that often.

     
  • vjmvjmvjm posted at 4:20 pm on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    vjmvjmvjm Posts: 5

    Let's see, we send combative Republicans to Annapolis, and then wonder why the Democrat controlled legislature sends no money to fix our problems. Isn't it obvious?

     
  • richardlyons posted at 1:52 pm on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    richardlyons Posts: 533

    Also type in "Jefferson Technolgy Park" into the FNP search engine and see the August 16, 2013 article on the overpass. JTP a Blaine wonderproject that will make life in Frederick County the eny of the state.

     
  • 2ndAffirmative posted at 1:15 pm on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    2ndAffirmative Posts: 1570

    Please click here for more information about the bridge construction underway on US 340/US 15 between I-70 and Mount Zion Road in Frederick County. This project is funded and constructed by the developer of the Jefferson Technology Park under permit from SHA and this link directs to the developer's website for project updates.

    http://roads.maryland.gov/pages/districts.aspx?did=d7

     
  • curious posted at 12:50 pm on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    curious Posts: 1

    Can anyone tell me what the plans are for US 340? I'm a bit confused as to what they are doing. It appears there are building a overpass but it looks like it will go thru houses and a neighborhood. I've tried several SHA sites but cannot find the plan.

     
  • soule1061 posted at 12:09 pm on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    soule1061 Posts: 916

    We must hope that SHA isn't clinging to the idea of a toll road down the I-270 median for politicians and Lexus drivers to use. That would be a disaster. They might be waiting for Federal funds for it, which would require some naming chicanery since tolls are illegal on Interstates. (Toll roads like Delaware and New Jersey Tpk were grandfathered in from a previous incarnation of the Interstate System.) They would have to call it a State Highway (built with Federal funds) and give it name like MD270.

     
  • rcfoster posted at 11:33 am on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    rcfoster Posts: 96

    Job #1 should be the bridge over 15 west bound where 340 South exits. I dont' know why this is such a mess EVERY day but it is a guaranteed 20 wait.

     
  • ballenger-creek-golfer posted at 11:11 am on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    ballenger-creek-golfer Posts: 298

    At the spur, the spur going south to Northern Virginia, it is three lanes. The spur going to the inter loop of the beltway starts as 4 lanes with one lane exiting resulting in three lanes. What happens to the HOV lane going to the outer beltway going to Northern VA? it goes under the Spur going to Bethesda and then meets up with the spur going to the outer beltway on the way to Northern VA. Going north at the Beltway off the inter loop, the I-270 spur north is three lanes. The spur going north from the outer loop of the beltway is also three lanes. I am not misleading people; I state the facts because I drive it every day..

     
  • rscott25 posted at 10:43 am on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    rscott25 Posts: 783

    yes, I believe it was the main artery through downtown Orlando...see, a lot of cities down south do not have beltways

     
  • richardlyons posted at 10:28 am on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    richardlyons Posts: 533

    SHA had the oppotunity to acquire rights-of-way and easements necessary for an eventual widening of I-270 during the 60's, 70's and 80's. Cost then would have been reasonable. Poor planning lack of political will have made a six lane I-270 a near impossible feat to accomplish. Annapolis has no reason to cowtail to the needs of Frederick county residents. Their attitude: suck it up!

     
  • ballenger-creek-golfer posted at 10:02 am on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    ballenger-creek-golfer Posts: 298

    Why would people move from Montgomery County to Frederick County? It's the bottom of the Montgomery County Barrel, which is better than the cream of the crop in Frederick County.

     
  • ballenger-creek-golfer posted at 10:00 am on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    ballenger-creek-golfer Posts: 298

    I-270 is just three lanes in each direction coming off the Capital Beltway.

     
  • ballenger-creek-golfer posted at 9:59 am on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    ballenger-creek-golfer Posts: 298

    "widened their major Interstate from 2-3 lanes to 6"? An interstate was once 2-3 lanes?

     
  • rscott25 posted at 9:41 am on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    rscott25 Posts: 783

    Kind of like I270 down into major MontCo.

     
  • kjswartz posted at 8:31 am on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    kjswartz Posts: 2294

    Most excellent question.

    I award you the Internet for today. Rule mercilessly and pure malevolence, for we are all your humble servants unworthy of your reign.

    Hail Emperor Frankwell!

     
  • kjswartz posted at 8:28 am on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    kjswartz Posts: 2294

    Yeah - picture cars from all six lanes of traffic competing for the exit ramp.

     
  • rscott25 posted at 8:11 am on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    rscott25 Posts: 783

    Remember the old saying, build it and they will come. Be careful of what you wish for in widening I270. That will invite more migration from MontCo. I remember reading once how Orlando in the late 80's early 90's widened their major Interstate from 2-3 lanes to 6, thinking it would ease congestion well into the 21st century. It took developers only 10 years to have them just as congested as when it was only 2-3 lanes.

     
  • frankwell posted at 8:02 am on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    frankwell Posts: 14

    And notice how intentional SHA is about ignoring 270.
    The new bridges over 85 & Bennett creek failed to get third lane capacity.
    (That looks pretty intentional)
    Yet the 109 and Dr Perry bridges got extra lanes !!!!
    POLITICIANS:
    THREE LANES TO FREDERICK NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

     
  • j9581 posted at 7:15 am on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    j9581 Posts: 128

    I wouldn't say that I-270 gets less attention than I-70. About 20 years ago I-270 got an incredible amount of attention and dollars through a project that created the massive 12 lane highway that exists now. That project took about 4 years to complete. The upper portion of I-270 will involve purchasing a lot of private land and obtaining waivers to state laws which takes forever to accomplish. There was much less work for I-70 in that regard and I think the state has obtained all the land it needs.

     
  • kjswartz posted at 7:13 am on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    kjswartz Posts: 2294

    I-270 just got three very expensive bridge upgrades over the past ten years, while I-70 was ignored. I think it's just myopic planning.

     
  • rscott25 posted at 7:00 am on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    rscott25 Posts: 783

    I think it mainly has to due with the fact that they can improve I70 corridor. they were widening in areas with easily obtained right of ways, and focused mainly on the dangers of exits and entrances with no merge areas, which was a major danger and bottleneck. Secondly, I think the state won't do as much for I 270 in the foreseeable future, as they are going to dedicate funds to the Purple line in DC and the (unnecessary boondoggle) red line in Baltimore. They would rather force Frederick residents and beyond onto the MARC trains to Shady Grove to existing metro lines. There is no such alternative to Baltimore.

     
  • asteroth posted at 6:37 am on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    asteroth Posts: 22

    Exactly. I270 is far more congested than I70, but the state basically ignores this highway. Far more people commute to DC than to Baltimore, but the state is concerned only about the Frederick to Baltimore travelers?

     
  • stuckon270 posted at 5:55 am on Tue, Mar 11, 2014.

    stuckon270 Posts: 545

    I wonder why I70 through Frederick is continually being upgraded etc. but I270 between Frederick and 121 gets nothing more than routine maintenance. I wonder why every time someone talks about widening I270 its usually nixed by grave environmental concerns, but when I70 is widened etc. we rarely if ever here of environmental concerns.

     

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