The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) have completed the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation for the I-495 & I-270 Managed Lanes Study. Six Joint Public Hearings will be conducted to hear testimony on the DEIS and the Joint Federal/State Application (JPA) for the Alteration of Any Floodplain, Waterway, Tidal or Nontidal Wetland in Maryland.

The Public Hearing brochure and the Public Hearing online presentation, featuring a narration of virtual display boards, are now available on the Program website. You may also pick up a Public Hearing brochure at any location where a hard copy of the DEIS is available for review. Note that the content of the online presentation can be translated into other languages on the web page; translated versions of the DEIS Executive Summary are also available on the Program website.

Comments on the DEIS and JPA must be submitted between July 10 and October 8, 2020. The public comment period may be extended 30 days. Please visit the Program website,, for updates. All comments received, whether at the hearing through oral testimony or through other methods (comment form, email, and letter) will be given equal consideration. Learn ways to comment on the DEIS and JPA here.
Managed Lanes Study In-Person Public Hearings’
COVID-19 Social Distancing Protocols
In an effort to safeguard the public and staff, individuals considering attending the in-person Public Hearings on September 1st and September 10th should follow the “everyday preventative actions” as established by the CDC.

A reminder that in-person hearings are by appointment only and participation at virtual hearings is encouraged. The following procedures and social distancing protocols have been developed in adherence to CDC guidelines; facility occupancy and admittance requirements; and in coordination with MDOT SHA and the State of Maryland. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

While at the Public Hearing:
Wear face coverings at all times.
Remember to social distance, at least 6 feet apart.
Sanitize your hands upon arrival and frequently throughout your time at the hearing. Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the hearing spaces.
Follow all signage and direction from staff which is designed to adhere to capacity requirements and support social distancing.

MDOT SHA has worked with all facilities to ensure adherence to State guidelines regarding capacity and other related safety protocols.

Additionally, staff will disinfect all hearing materials and equipment before and after each hearing. A Hearing Health and Safety Officer has been designated for all hearings. Questions or concerns can be directed to the hearing registration area.

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