Thursday, December 16, 2004

Well, duh

What's the point of making a toll road if we don't force
everybody to use it???

Plans for Bike Path Parallel to Proposed ICC Dropped
Updated: Thursday, Dec. 16, 2004 - 4:44 AM

"ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Don't expect a hike and bike trail to be included in plans for the Intercounty Connector.

The Washington Post reports that Maryland transportation officials have dropped plans to include a network of trails that would have roughly paralleled the route of the 18-mile toll road.

They cite rising costs estimates which have now topped $2 billion for the road connecting Interstate 270 in Montgomery County to Interstate 95 in Prince George's. The latest projected cost is about $400 million more than previously announced.

Officials say scrapping plans for the bike path would trim $100 million from its cost.

State officials say they'll keep some of the right of way acquired for the trails so that some sections of it could eventually be built."

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)