SHA To Hold Public Workshops On I-270 Congestion Relief

They will cover I-270 from I-370 to I-70.


Baltimore, Md (KM). If you have some opinions on the future of Interstate 270, the Maryland State Highway Administration wants to hear from them. SHA is holding a series of workshops next month in Frederick and Montgomery Counties to gather public input on how to relieve traffic congestion along I-270 between I-370 and I-70.

“The workshops are part of an early planning activity that we’re conducting prior to an environmental study under the National Environmental Policy Act.  We call that NEPA,” says Lisa Chopman, the Director of the 495-270 Office.

At each of the workshops, displays will be set up, where citizens can drop by and pick up brochures. SHA staff will be on hand to answer questions.

“These workshops are going to be our first introduction to the public on proposed improvements that we will be looking at over the course of the next three years through a planning study on I-270 between I-370 and I-70,” says Choplin.

She says it’s important for residents to let SHA and federal officials know what their thoughts are on this heavily congested corridor. “We’re coming to the public and we want to get their feedback on ways to address congestion along the I-270 corridor,” says Choplin.

The workshops will take place:

*Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at Clarksburg High School, 22500 Wims Road, Clarksburg, Md. 20821.

*Wednesday, November 13th, 2019, Lincoln Recreation Center, Lincoln Elementary School, 200 Madison Street, Frederick, Md., 21701

*Wednesday, November 20th, 2019, Urbana Fire Department Banquet Hall, 3602 Urbana Pike, Frederick, Md, 21704.

*Thursday, November 21st, 2019, Activity Center at Bohrer Park, 506 South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, Md. 20877.

Each workshop will take place between 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

If you;re interested in how congestion is handled along I-270, but can’t make it to the workshops, Choplin says you can still offer your input. “If there’s people that aren’t able to attend the workshops, we also will be providing all the handouts  as well as the displays as well as  a copy of the presentation on our website,” she says. The web address Comments can also be submitted on line at that same website, or by sending an e-mail to [email protected].


By Kevin McManus