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Frush: Md. shouldn't fund ICC; New session to also consider alcohol, hotel bills.
Gazette, 21 Jan 2009 (Shay)
The proposed Intercounty Connector toll highway linking Montgomery and Prince George's counties has been under construction for more than a year, but opponents continue to try to thwart the progress of the $2.4 billion, 18.8-mile project.
A bill to prohibit the state Department of Transportation from financing the ICC was among the business-related bills filed last week in the first few days of the 2009 session of the Maryland Legislature. The bill was filed by Del. Barbara A. Frush (D-Dist. 21) of Beltsville, a longtime opponent of the ICC.
The ICC, which has strong support from many business executives and leaders as a way to ease traffic congestion, is expected to be completed in five phases by late 2011.
The project has made "enormous progress" in the past year, said Fran Counihan, a spokeswoman for the ICC. The first phase is already one-third completed and others are in various stages, she said.
"We are on target to be completed on schedule," Counihan said.
Frush's bill had not attracted any co-sponsors or been scheduled for a hearing as of Thursday afternoon, according to the state's Internet site.