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County:Frederick Project Number:FR192_11
IS 0270 SHADY GROVE ROAD (MO CO) TO NORTH OF BIGGS FORD ROAD (FR CO)
Project Name:
I-270, Eisenhower Highway, and US 15, Frederick Freeway/Catoctin Mountain Highway

Location of Project:
SHADY GROVE ROAD (MO CO) TO NORTH OF BIGGS FORD ROAD (FR CO)

Description:
Multimodal corridor study to consider highway and transit improvements in the I-270/US 15 corridor in Montgomery and Frederick counties from Shady Grove Metro Station to north of Biggs Ford Road (32.5 miles).
 
Scope:
Project Study Area

The I-270/US 15 Multi-Modal Corridor Study project limits extend from the Shady Grove Metro Station in Montgomery County to the US 15/Biggs Ford Road intersection area in Frederick County, approximately 30 miles. The transit component, known as the Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT), extends 14 miles from the Shady Grove Metro Station in Rockville to the COMSAT facility located south of Clarksburg.

The I-270 / US-15 corridor connects the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area to central and western Maryland, and provides a connection to the Midwest via I-70 and I-68. While the area is served by interstate highways, high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, commuter rail, bus service and and Metrorail, congestion is common.

The purpose of the project is to:

  • Support orderly economic growth;
  • Enhance mobility by optimizing travel choices by destination, mode and route while minimizing delay and improving the safety and overall efficiency of the transportation system;
  • Improve goods movement;
  • Preserve and protect the environment; and
  • Optimize public investment.
Additional details area available in the Purpose and Need document.
 
What Is Under Study:
The I-270/US-15 Multi-Modal Corridor Study explored options to ease congestion by making highway improvements in conjunction with proposed transit options, such as bus rapid transit or light rail transit, along a dedicated corridor known as the Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT). After extensive study, this project was placed on hold in 2010 following a determination that the transit and highway components should proceed as separate, but coordinated projects.

The Executive Summary of the May 2009: I-270/US-15 Multi-Modal Corridor Study - Alternative Analysis and Environmental Assessment (AA/EA) provides a overview of the planning study, alternatives considered at the 2002 Public Hearing, a description of alternatives added for consideration and presented at the June 2009 Public Hearings, and a summary that presents details of impacts associated with the alternatives. However, the project was placed on hold prior to the selection of a Preferred Alternative.

Current status of the CCT may be viewed on the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) Corridor Cities Transitway website. Information on related highway studies may be viewed by clicking on these project sites:

Unique Design Features:
http://www.mdot.state.md.us/Planning/Completed_Studies

Detailed Project Information:
MO426_11

Associated Improvement Projects:
MD 85 Project Planning Study
US 15 at Monocacy Boulevard Interchange

Project Type:
PLANNING STUDY

Current Phase:Planning
Funded Year :1998 How much will this project cost?
Funding Source(s):State/Federal
Last Updated On : 9/22/2017
 
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