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Briana Adhikusuma reports: "The Maryland Department of Transportation has removed the Capital Beltway from a plan to widen Interstate 270, after the broader plan drew months of opposition from local officials, residents and environmental advocates."
"MDOT’s announced the change on Wednesday, saying there is a new recommended preferred alternative for the project’s first phase. The new alternative will only focus on construction of a new American Legion Bridge and two high-occupancy toll (HOT) managed lanes in each direction from I-270 to I-370," according to Adhikusuma.
"As part of the new alternative, the proposal includes adding one HOT managed lane and converting an existing high-occupancy vehicle lane into a HOT managed lane on I-270 from I-495 to north of I-370, and on the I-270 eastern spur from east of Md. 187 to I-270."
There is no change proposed to the segment of the project on Interstate 495 east of Interstate 270's eastern spur, however.
For the next steps in the project's evolution, expect a late summer release of the Supplement Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the project’s first phase.