Delaney Statement on Maryland Highway Plan
WASHINGTON – Today Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced plans to widen I-495, I-270, and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6), the Chairman of the Fix I-270 Coalition, and the author of the leading bipartisan infrastructure plan in Congress issues the following statement:
“It’s good news that the state is making this a priority and now we need a bipartisan partnership across all levels of government to make a smart expansion a reality. Obviously, on projects of this scale, God or the devil is in the details, and I look forward to reviewing closely what’s being proposed, which will not be known in full for some time. At a minimum, we cannot lose any free lanes. Losing any free lanes would be wrong: everyone should have a right to get around and we must maintain the notion that infrastructure is for everyone.
“Big picture, we desperately need to upgrade our local transportation infrastructure and expanding I-270 and improving the American Legion Bridge should have been at the top of the list for a very long time. The horrendous traffic on I-270 has been a quality of life and productivity tax on individuals and businesses in my district. In places like Gaithersburg and Frederick the constant terrible traffic is a drain on everything, from community life to the amount of time families spend together and that’s been a big motivating factor for me making infrastructure a top priority.
“This is day one of what should be a considered process and we’ve got to carefully analyze the plan and the costs, but I am encouraged that we’re finally moving forward and I’m supportive of the state thinking about these kind of big solutions to big problems.”