Montgomery County councilmembers ask for alternatives to I-270 and I-495 project


As Maryland officials talk about improvements on highways, some fear the possibility of losing their homes and businesses.

Homes, businesses, and parks could be taken away as the result of widening I-270 and parts of I-495.

“I think the whole process is somewhat troubling,” said Tom Hucker, Montgomery County Councilmember.

Hucker said the state is moving forward without the county’s input.

“Which would likely involve taking hundreds of homes, small businesses, potentionally there’s a hospital and a golf course on the way,” Hucker said.

Maryland’s transportation secretary and the State Highway Administration briefed the council on the project. Meanwhile the council asks for answers on efficiencies and more transit alternatives.

“If not the homes themselves their backyards which will reduce the value of the homes significantly so that’s going to be very difficult,” said Glen Orlin, Montgomery County Council deputy director.

County officials say they will continue their efforts to protect residents’ homes.

County councilmembers wrote a letter to the state’s transportation secretary but as of now they have not received a response.

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