Questions About the Connector
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?