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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct. 10, 2013

Contact:          John Sales

 410-537-1017

ICC REACHES TWO-YEAR MILESTONE NEXT MONTH

MDTA Annual Financial Statement Now Available Online;

ICC Revenue on Target with Projections

BALTIMORE, MD – As the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 approaches its two-year anniversary since opening to I-95, traffic volumes on the ICC/MD 200 are growing at an average rate of 2.6 percent per month, according to the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA).

“The ICC was designed to accommodate expected traffic capacity in 2030 and to provide relatively congestion-free travel with reliable travel times today and for years to come,” said Transportation Secretary and MDTA Chairman James T. Smith, Jr.  “Even though the ICC is still in a ‘ramping up’ period in these early years of operation, average weekday traffic volumes for the ICC have grown approximately 75 percent since opening to I-95, and this year we confirmed the significant travel-time savings with the ICC in a study released in June.”

Between July 2012 and June 2013, more than 17.2 million trips were made on MD 200 with total revenue of $39.59 million, as compared to the projected $39.56 million, according to MDTA’s just-released audited financial data for fiscal year 2013.

“In September, the average weekday traffic on the ICC approached 40,000 vehicles daily,” said MDTA Acting Executive Secretary Bruce Gartner.  “Traffic is slightly lower than projected on the eastern end, and it is significantly higher than projected at the western end connecting to the I-270 business corridor.  We are finding that drivers are making longer trips on the ICC than originally estimated, with more trips being made in the longer western segments.”

Following months of careful deliberation and a detailed engineering study and crash analysis, the MDTA raised the ICC speed limit from 55 mph to 60 mph in late March.  The MDTA anticipates that drivers traveling the ICC from end to end may save approximately 1 ½ minutes of travel time with the speed increase.

In June, the MDTA and Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) released the ICC Before and After Traffic Study.  The study concludes that ICC drivers have cut their travel times in half when compared to travel on local east-west routes.  In addition, motorists traveling local routes during peak hours have experienced a five to 11 percent reduction in travel times, compared to before the ICC opened.  The study confirms that the ICC is saving time, increasing reliability and reducing delays for those traveling between Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

In July, the MDTA released another study analyzing the effects of reducing all ICC toll rates by 25%, 33% and 50%; reducing only off-peak tolls by 50%; and reducing only overnight tolls by 50%.  In each case, while the amount of traffic increases, the reduced toll rates lead to a decrease in revenue despite the traffic growth.

Construction activity is progressing on the fourth and final contract of the ICC, which includes building collector-distributor lanes along I-95 between the ICC and MD 198 and extending the ICC from its current terminus at I-95 to US 1.  This final ICC segment is scheduled to open to traffic in spring 2014.

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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.

ICC tolls are collected electronically at highway speeds using E-ZPass and video-tolling technology.  To sign up for E-ZPass, visit ezpassmd.com to enroll online and for a list of

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2012

Takirra Winfield
Office: 410-974-2316
Cell: 443-336-1475

Valerie Burnette Edgar, SHA
410-545-0303

Ray Feldmann, ICC
301-586-4761

GOVERNOR O’MALLEY ANNOUNCES CONTRACT TO CONSTRUCT FINAL SEGMENT OF THE INTERCOUNTY CONNECTOR
Construction between I-95 and US 1 in Prince George’s County to support up to 1,000 jobs

ANNAPOLIS, MD (February 28, 2012) – Governor Martin O’Malley announced today that the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) recently awarded ICC Constructors (IC3), a joint venture based in Bethesda, the contract to design and build the final segment of the Intercounty Connector (ICC/MD 200). The $89 million "Contract D/E" will complete the ICC by constructing a one-mile segment between I-95 and US 1 in Prince George’s County.

“Projects like the ICC address our State’s infrastructure needs so the next generation can benefit from an improved transportation system,” said Governor O’Malley. “Construction of this final segment will support up to 1,000 jobs for our families, open the door to new economic development opportunities in northern Prince George’s County, and provide a congestion-free option for residents traveling between the US 1/I-95 corridor and the I-270 corridor.”

In addition to supporting 1,000 jobs, the project also includes an On the Job Training (OJT) program with up to two dozen entry-level employment opportunities in construction trades. The recruits will have the opportunity to reach “journeyperson” status and graduate from the program with transportation skills, increasing their future employment options.

“The additional mile of highway will provide new access points to the ICC from U.S. Route 1 and Virginia Manor Road, providing Prince George's County residents safe, reliable, and convenient access to employment opportunities from U.S. Route 1 to the I-270 high-tech corridor and will improve access to the County for commuters traveling east. This also will relieve traffic congestion for motorists along the Route 1 Corridor and in and around the Laurel area. When completed, this final segment of the ICC will improve access to the business community and expand economic development,” said County Executive Rushern L. Baker III. “The jobs supported by the construction and the OJT program are great news for Prince George’s County.”

The ICC is the state’s first all-electronic toll road, ultimately from I-370 to US 1, in which drivers pay with E-ZPass. Operated by the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), the ICC provides reliable and relatively congestion free travel between Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. A trip that used to take 47 minutes from Laurel to Gaithersburg now takes 17 minutes on the ICC, a 64 percent time savings that significantly improves mobility for employees and businesses.  The final segment of the ICC will connect to Virginia Manor Road with a partial interchange and to US l near the Muirkirk MARC commuter rail station with a signal-controlled intersection.

Construction will also include separated parallel lanes along I-95 between the ICC and MD 198 interchange for traffic to safely merge at exits. Engineering design work is underway, with construction starting by late spring of this year. The project is scheduled for completion late 2013/early 2014, weather permitting. At $89 million, Contract D/E is within the $2.5 billion budget of the entire 18.8-mile ICC. The joint venture IC3 team consists of Shirley Contracting Company, LLC; Clark Construction Group, LLC; Facchina Construction Company, Inc.; and Trumbull Corporation. IC3 was one of three prime contractors that built the first segments of the ICC. The first segment of the ICC, from I-270 to Georgia Ave. (MD 97), opened to traffic Feb. 2011. The next two segments, from Georgia Ave. to I-95, opened to traffic on Nov. 21, 2011.

For more information on ICC operations and E-ZPass, visit www.mdta.maryland.gov. For more information on ICC construction, please call toll-free at 866-462-0020, or visit www.iccproject.com.