Sixteen firms will partake in a project that will reduce traffic congestion on I-270. If the project goes as planned, morning commutes from Frederick to the Washington Beltway will be reduced by 30 minutes.
The I-270 Innovative Congestion Management Project is intended to resolve traffic issues, by developing “an automated smart traffic system” Fourteen bottlenecks will be eliminated and 23 miles of lanes will be added along the 34.4-mile corridor. According to state data, between 79,400 and 261,000 vehicles travel on the section of road each day and will increase by an estimated 30,000 vehicles by the year 2030.
The governor’s office released a statement on Wednesday that outlined the project, which will utilize “an innovative procurement method” that had never been done before by the transportation department. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall, with the completion date set for 2019.
The group will consist of 12 Maryland contractors and two Virginia contractors, along with the general contractor, Concrete General from Gaithersburg and lead design firm, Rummel, Klepper & Kahl of Baltimore.