At the Nov. 20 workshop in Urbana on Interstate 270 congestion, the Maryland Department of Transportation told us how bad the problem is (don’t we already know!) and explained the solution they seem to favor — expanding I-270 between Interstate 370 and Interstate 70.
Other approaches, such as monorail or bus transportation, were shown, but to me seem unlikely to be seriously considered at present. The problem of U.S. 15 congestion was barely acknowledged. My concern is that a near-term “solution” will be to speed I-270 traffic as far north as I-70, worsening our already terrible congestion on U.S. 15.
These were my impressions, from the brief presentation and Q&A session by MDOT. Interested citizens should visit the website 495-270-p3.com/i270-environmental to learn more and to express their views to MDOT on the I-270 congestion problem. Bad as it is, we don’t want “improvements” that will only make our local traffic problems worse.