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The State Highway Administration (SHA) is currently accepting public comments on the I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The DEIS includes traffic, environmental, engineering and financial analyses of the Build Alternatives and the No Build Alternative. The DEIS process provides an opportunity for residents, interest groups and other agencies to review and provide comment on the proposed federal action and the adverse and beneficial environmental impacts and proposed mitigation for unavoidable impacts.
Residents can provide comments to the SHA on the DEIS until October 8. The SHA has scheduled four virtual hearings in August and two in-person hearings for September, including one in-person event in Montgomery County on Thursday, September 10. Documents available for review are detailed and lengthy. Interested parties are encouraged to view information as soon as possible in order to allow time for review and consideration.
In addition, the Montgomery County Council and County Executive Elrich jointly are seeking public input on the DEIS. The Council and County Executive Elrich ask County residents who are testifying at the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) public hearings scheduled in August and September or sending correspondence to the SHA to also send copies and any attachments to County representatives no later than Monday, September 14 (for use in developing the County's position). County residents can:
Submit comments and testimony online here [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] , or
Mail comments and testimony to the attention of Glenn Orlin at the Council Office Building (100 Maryland Ave., 4th floor, Rockville, MD., 20850).
(Note: The County Executive has requested that the deadline for comments be extended for 30 additional days, at least; if this request is granted, the deadline for sending testimony and correspondence here [mailto:email@example.com] will be extended commensurately.)
More information about the DEIS and the link to sign up for the hearings can be found here [https://495-270-p3.com/your-participation/upcoming-events/] .
Additional information on the project can be found at the links below:
“Environmental impact statement gives six alternatives for I-495/I-270 widening” [https://bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-beat/transportation/lengthy-environmental-impact-statement-released-on-i-495-i-270-widening/]
"Planners criticize proposal for I-495/I-270 widening, including possibility of public subsidy” [https://bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-beat/transportation/planners-criticize-proposal-for-i-495-i-270-widening-including-possibility-of-public-subsidy/]
Draft Environmental Impact Statement Documents [https://495-270-p3.com/deis/#DEIS]
M-NCPPC Expresses Major Concerns Regarding Draft Environmental Impact Statement on Interstates 495 and 270 Managed Lanes Study [https://montgomeryplanningboard.org/m-ncppc-expresses-major-concerns-regarding-draft-environmental-impact-statement-on-interstates-495-and-270-managed-lanes-study/]
Montgomery Planning Board I-495 and I-270 Managed Lane Study website [https://montgomeryplanningboard.org/i-495-and-i-270-managed-lanes-study/]