This Wednesday (June 5), a critical vote by the Board of Public Works is coming on the pan to widen the Beltway and add toll lanes to it. The Maryland Board of Public Works is scheduled to vote on Wednesday, June 5, on whether to allow pre-solicitation contacts to be put out prior to conducting an environmental impact statement (EIS) and traffic study on what would be the largest Public Private Partnership (P3) ever in Maryland.
If Beltway is expanded, many of our residents living next to the Beltway will be losing part of their homes, hundreds of our residents in College Park will be exposed to more noise and air pollution, acres of green space with dozens of mature trees in the city will be lost, our residents can potentially lose a park that we were about to build in the Sunnyside neighborhood of my district. Furthermore, once the Beltway is expanded, there will be a lot more traffic on Route 1 in College Park, making the failing I-495 exit at route 1 even worse. You can read more about the impact of Beltway expansion here on my blog.
Please ask the Board to step back and conduct an Environmental Impact Statement first before moving further.
Please also sign this petition.
The Board of Public Works consists of 3 members, Gov. Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and Treasurer Nancy Kopp. Here you can send your comments to the Board members here.
Comptroller Peter Franchot
Governor Larry Hogan
Treasurer Nancy Kopp
You can also continue to provide overall comments regarding the Expansion/Toll of 495 and 270:
Comment online: www.495-270-P3.com
Via email: 495-270-P3@sha.state.md.us