Questions About the Connector

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Q: Now that Maryland has selected a route, what happens next?

A: The state will submit a final environmental impact statement to the federal government this fall. The federal government is expected to make a final decision by the end of the year.

Q: The Environmental Protection Agency wrote to the state this year expressing concerns about the impact of the southern route. Is that still its position?

A: The EPA continues to have concerns but has indicated that the state's solutions might be satisfactory.

Q: How will the state come up with the project's estimated $2.4 billion cost?

A: Maryland plans to finance $750 million by borrowing against future federal funds. The remainder will come from a combination of existing state money and toll revenue.

Q: What happened to the bike trail that was supposed to run parallel to the road?

A: It was cut from the plan to reduce costs. There will be trails near the intercounty connector but not along the entire road.

Q: When is the earliest the state could break ground?

A: State officials are confident that they can break ground next year.

Q: When would the road open?

A: 2010

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