ICC Work Goes Into the Field
In May, workers clearing the way for the Intercounty Connector made preparations along Redland Road in the Cashell Estates neighborhood of Derwood. Demolition of houses in the project's path was just starting.
The six-lane, 19-mile ICC, estimated to cost $2.4 billion, will link Interstate 270 in Gaithersburg and the Interstate 95-U.S. 1 corridor in Laurel. The ICC will be one of the region's first new highways in a generation. It is scheduled to open, in sections, between next year and 2012.
Designed to ease congested east-west traffic on many two-lane roads, the ICC was long opposed by environmental and other groups that said the highway would destroy wildlife, forests and streams; increase air pollution; and encourage people to drive. The final legal challenge to the project was settled in November.