FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct. 25, 2012

Contact:          John Sales

                        410-537-1017

ICC REACHES ONE YEAR MILESTONE NEXT MONTH
Traffic Volumes Growing as Projected

BALTIMORE, MD - As the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 approaches its one-year anniversary since opening to I-95, traffic volumes on the ICC/MD 200 are growing at a rate on average of three percent per month, according to the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA).

“Overall, daily traffic volumes are consistent with our projections for the roadway and continue to grow,” said Acting Transportation Secretary and MDTA Chairman Darrell B. Mobley.  “With new toll facilities like MD 200, there is an expected ‘ramping up’ period during the first few years when traffic grows gradually as users become more familiar with the facility.  It is important to remember that MD 200 was designed to accommodate expected capacity in 2030 and to provide relatively congestion-free travel with reliable travel times today and for years to come.”

Between July 2011 and June 2012, more than 11.56 million trips were made on MD 200 with total revenue of $19.73 million, as compared to the projected $18.71 million, according to MDTA’s audited financial data for fiscal year 2012.

“In September, weekday traffic averaged more than 35,000 vehicles per day in the westernmost segment of the facility between I-370 and Georgia Avenue; 26,000 vehicles per weekday on the eastern segment between US 29 and I-95,” said MDTA Executive Secretary Harold M. Bartlett.  “Traffic is higher than projected on the western and center segments of the project, but is slightly lower than projected on the eastern end.”

An initial evaluation about whether or not to increase the MD 200 speed limit was recently completed.  A more detailed analysis of data showing single-vehicle accidents on MD 200 since opening to I-95 will begin next month in order to make a final decision on the speed limit increase with safety being the top priority.  A final decision on the speed limit increase is expected by the end of this year.

The MDTA opened the ICC Eastern Operations Facility near the I-95 interchange in summer 2012.  This facility includes office space for MDTA Operations and Police staff, automotive and truck repair shops, storage for winter weather materials/salt and roadway maintenance materials/equipment, and a geothermal heating and air-conditioning system.

This past spring, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) began construction on the fourth and final contract of the ICC.  Construction activity is progressing well to build collector-distributor lanes along I-95 between the ICC alignment and MD 198 and extend the ICC from its current terminus at I-95 for one additional mile to US 1.  This final ICC segment is scheduled to open to traffic in late 2013 or early 2014.

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