Plan Proceeds for A New Highway at Nation’s Capital

State and federal highway officials agree on a final plan to build a $2.4 billion highway through Washington's suburbs.

Federal and Maryland state officials have reached an agreement on a revised environmental impact statement for the Inter-County Connector (ICC) in Washington, D.C. suburbs. State officials called the agreement a "milestone" in the drive to build the highway, which environmentalists and some communities in Washington, D.C. suburbs have been fighting for more than four decades. ICC will cut through several sensitive stream valleys and acres of wetlands, but state officials say they can mitigate the damage.

President Bush put the ICC on the fast track for federal approval. EPA's regional office in Philadelphia said the agency is sticking by its decision announced in February to not seek to veto the project and believes the ICC route being proposed now - with increased environmental protections and improved construction techniques - is substantially different from the ICC it rejected during the 1990s.

Thanks to Kui Zhao

Full Story: Proposal for ICC advances


Book cover of the Guide to Graduate Planning Programs 4th Edition

Thinking about Grad School?

New! 4th Edition of the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs just released.
Starting at $24.95

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $209

Wear your city with style!

100% silk scarves feature detailed city maps. Choose from six cities with red or blue trim.

A Short History of America

From comic book artist Robert Crumb, poster shows how the built environment has changed throughout the decades.