Maryland rethinks toll lane promises, could accelerate construction

Maryland’s Board of Public Works could go back next week on toll lane promises made to appease Montgomery and Prince George’s counties earlier this year.

The changes would accelerate construction of toll lanes around part of the Capital Beltway; allow for some land to be purchased for the widening before final environmental approvals; alter promises about how a share of toll revenue would support transit options; and extend plans for Beltway toll lanes in Prince George’s County all the way to the Wilson Bridge.

While the state moves forward with the project, local officials in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties have expressed a number of concerns, and they continue to say they are lacking key information about the project and potential alternatives.