(MDOT SHA photo: MDOT SHA Logo)REMINDER - The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will hold its second round of public workshops on July 17, 18, 24 and 25 in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties for the I-495 & I-270 Managed Lanes Study, which considers improvements along two of the state’s most congested highways, I-495 (Capital Beltway) and I-270 (Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Highway). A copy of this release is pasted below and can also be found online at: https://495-270-p3.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/FINAL-APPROVED-Press-Release_for-July-Open-Houses.pdf PLEASE NOTE: These workshops are ONLY about the preliminary alternatives for I-495 and I-270 and are NOT about any other Traffic Relief Projects. MDOT SHA to Hold Public Workshops on Preliminary Alternatives on I-495 & I-270 in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties Citizens Encouraged to Attend July Evening Workshops in Greenbelt, Clarksburg, Capitol Heights, and Bethesda The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) will hold its second round of public workshops in July for the I-495 & I-270 Managed Lanes Study, which considers improvements along two of the state’s most congested highways, I-495 (Capital Beltway) and I-270 (Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Highway). The study is part of MDOT SHA’s statewide Traffic Relief Plan to reduce congestion. The National Capital region is one of the most congested in the nation with some of the highest commuting times being on I-495 and I-270. A preliminary range of alternatives to address congestion on I-495 and I-270 has been developed based on feedback from the public at the April Open Houses. At public workshops on July 17, 18, 24 and 25, MDOT SHA will present these alternatives and garner additional public input. Beginning in March, MDOT SHA initiated the environmental study known as the I-495 & I-270 Managed Lanes Study, which includes I-495 from south of the American Legion Bridge to east of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, and I-270 from I-495 to I-370 including the east and west spurs of I-270. This study is part of the larger I-495 & I-270 P3 Program, which will include a future study along I-270 from I-370 to I-70 beginning in 2019. As part of the study, MDOT SHA has completed a scoping process that included comprehensive engagement with members of the public, elected officials, key stakeholders, and federal, state, regional and local agencies. Four open houses were held in April in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties to solicit public input on the scope of the study, including the purpose and need, potential alternatives to be considered, and environmental impacts to be evaluated. To continue to keep the public engaged, MDOT SHA will hold its next series of public workshops from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at these locations in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties: Tuesday, July 17 Eleanor Roosevelt High School7601 Hanover ParkwayGreenbelt MD 20770 Wednesday, July 18 Clarksburg High School22500 Wims RoadClarksburg MD 20871 Tuesday, July 24 Central High School200 Cabin Branch RoadCapitol Heights MD 20743 Wednesday, July 25 Thomas W. Pyle Middle School6311 Wilson LaneBethesda MD 20817 The workshops will outline the preliminary range of alternatives and the screening criteria to be used to evaluate the alternatives to be carried forward in the I-495 & I-270 Managed Lanes Study. The workshop formats will include static board displays, scheduled general presentations,and small working group tables. The general presentations will occur at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and last approximately 30 minutes. The boards and small working group tables will be available throughout the workshop with technical staff available for discussion of comments and questions. Alternative descriptions and graphics featuring typical details of the potential improvements will be presented. A virtual workshop also will be available on the program website 495-270-p3.com starting July 17, 2018. Further technical analysis will be conducted through the fall on the alternatives carried forward from the July workshops. All workshops related to the study will be accessible to persons with disabilities. Any person requiring special assistance, such as a language interpreter, should contact (833) 858-5960 or via email at 495-270-P3@sha.state.md.us at least 48 hours before the workshop. CONTACT INFORMATION: The public is welcome to comment on-line at the study’s website (www.495-270-P3.com), via email at 495-270-P3@sha.state.md.us, or by hard copy during the workshops. Hard copy comments can also be mailed to the I-495 and I-270 P3 Office at the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration, 707 North Calvert Street, Mail Stop P-601, Baltimore MD 21202. Lisa B. Choplin, DBIADirector, I-495 and I-270 P3 OfficeMaryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration707 North Calvert Street, Mail Stop P-601Baltimore MD 21202(833) 858-5960; 495-270-P3@sha.state.md.us For more information on this project, please visit the project website 495-270-p3.com. ### Editor’s note: MDOT SHA has a record amount of highway construction projects underway across the state to reduce congestion and improve safety. From intersection improvements to widening and new interchange construction, MDOT SHA is investing in projects to enhance the commute and daily travel for millions of Marylanders. MDOT SHA maintains more than 2,500 bridges and 17,000 miles of non-toll state roads – the interstate, US and state numbered routes in Maryland.