State Pulls Plug on Alternative to Lane Widening (called the Intercounty Connector Alternative)in Montgomery County, VA

The Intercounty Connector Alternative — a proposal to avoid widening the Beltway through Montgomery County — has been eliminated from further study by the Maryland Department of Transportation.

The news came as an unexpected blow to county officials and community members who gathered Monday evening for a presentation on the upcoming Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP), a detailed agenda for statewide transit projects.

The ICC alternative was formally announced in July after the county successfully lobbied for the state to study its feasibility.