The I-495 & I-270 P3 Program will now be known as Op Lanes Maryland. The P3 Program has evolved from when we began four years ago, and our new name, Op Lanes Maryland, reflects this evolution as we continue to collaborate with Montgomery, Frederick and Prince George’s counties, community organizations, residents, businesses, agencies, regional partners and other stakeholders.
Earlier this month, the Maryland Board of Public Works (BPW) approved the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) and the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDOT MDTA) to move forward with Phase 1 of the Public-Private Partnership (P3) Agreement with Accelerate Maryland Partners LLC (AM Partners) for predevelopment work on the New American Legion Bridge I-270 Traffic Relief Plan.
MDOT and the MDTA submitted a proposed P3 Agreement for Phase 1: American Legion Bridge to I-270 Relief Plan to the Comptroller, the State Treasurer, the Budget Committees, and the Department of Legislative Services for review prior to seeking approval from the Maryland Board of Public Works.
As part of the American Legion Bridge I-270 to I-370 improvements, the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is taking steps to improve travel in the National Capital Region, while taking considerable care to protect the significant historic and environmental resources within the area.
On May 20, 2021, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) announced the opening of the public-comment period as part of the toll rate range setting process for Phase 1 South: American Legion Bridge I-270 to I-370.
On May 12, 2021, MDOT SHA announced Alternative 9: Phase 1 South as the new Recommended Preferred Alternative for the I-495 & I-270 Managed Lanes Study.
On February 18, 2021, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) announced that Accelerate Maryland Partners, LLC has been selected to lead predevelopment work on Phase 1: The American Legion Bridge I-270 to I-70 Relief Plan.
After thorough review of currently available information, including the detailed traffic analysis, environmental analysis, financial analysis, and capital costs, and input from the public and resource and regulatory agencies, MDOT SHA recommends that Alternative 9 be identified as the Preferred Alternative (MDOT RPA) in the FEIS for the I-495 & I-270 Managed Lanes Study (MLS).
View the MDOT RPA
The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) issued Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Phase Developer for Phase 1 of the I-495 & I-270 P3 Program.
View RFP Documents
The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) concluded the extended public comment period for the I-495 & I-270 Managed Lanes Study Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation, which was open for over 120 days from July 10, 2020 to November 9, 2020.
Related extended public comment periods for the Joint Permit Application (JPA), for the Alteration of Any Floodplain, Waterway, Tidal or Nontidal Wetland in Maryland by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have also concluded.
Comments were accepted during the extended public comment period through multiple methods including oral testimony, online comment form, email, and letter. MDOT SHA and FHWA will review and consider all comments received, perform additional analyses, as needed, and respond to substantive comments in the Study’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). To account for the extended public comment period and to ensure we have time to take a hard look at all the comments and collaborate with stakeholders, MDOT SHA and FHWA are evaluating the timeline for release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement.