Planning Agency Rejects Hogan Highway Widening Plan

​The planning agency that serves Montgomery and Prince George’s counties on Wednesday formally rejected the state’s plan for widening the Capital Beltway (I-495) and Interstate 270.

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission vote was unanimous.

Because the commission is a “cooperating agency” in the formal process for obtaining needed land and environmental permits, the vote is a potential complicating factor for the state’s push to add four “express toll lanes” to the two highways.

“The state’s project team is still not delivering on what it promised with the assessment and analysis phase of this project,” said M-NCPPC Chairman Casey Anderson in a statement following the vote.