Maryland updates plan for Capital Beltway Improvement

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Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) in the USA has reduced scope for improvements on capital beltway highway. After facing pushback from local counties, property owners and environmentalists, MDOT decided to remove a large section of the planned toll lanes. Under the updated proposal the improvement works will focus on building two high-occupancy toll lanes for a stretch from Interstate 270 to I-370 and the new American Legion bridge.

The planned improvements on a 27-mile section of the eastern portion of the Beltway from the I-270 spur in Montgomery County to Route 5 in Prince George’s County will not be carried out. The plan was criticized on the grounds that it promotes more auto-centric developments, which runs against counties' focus on promoting mass transit.

MDOT will consider conclusions from the environmental impact study (EIA) on how to widen Beltway between the American Legion Bridge and the I-270 spur to minimize the impact on the environment.

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