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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Del. Frush working to kill the ICC

(Posted 21 Jan 2009)

File Code: Transportation - Highways
Prior Year Introduction As: HB 1471/08 - APP

Sponsored By:
Delegate Frush Bio E-mail 

Transportation - Intercounty Connector - Elimination of Funding


Requiring the Governor to include a specified appropriation to the Transportation Trust Fund under specified circumstances; prohibiting the Department of Transportation and the Maryland Transportation Authority from financing the Intercounty Connector; requiring the Authority to retire specified bonds secured by a pledge of future federal aid in a specified manner; repealing provisions of law concerning the financing of the Intercounty Connector; etc.  

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.

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