The Montgomery County delegation to the state assembly dropped a bill this week that would have halted the study and construction of a proposed 10-mile stretch of highway called the Rockville Facility.
The Rockville Facility, which would run between Interstate 270 and a point east of Rockville, is among alternatives proposed by the State Highway Administration (SHA) to improve transportation between I-270 in Montgomery County and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in Prince George's County.
At a Montgomery delegation meeting Monday, delegates voted against the bill sponsored by Republican Del. Robin Ficker. Delegates said that Ficker's bill, by precluding further study, might make the county ineligible for federal funds. Opponents of the highway construction object to the neighborhood disruption it would bring.
The delegation also postponed action on a bill sponsored by Democratic Del. Idamae Garrot and seven other Montgomery and Prince George's delegates. The Garrott bill would stop the construction of any new east-west highway in the Montgomery-Prince George's area.
The SHA is in the process of narrowing a list of 13 alternatives to improve east-west traffic movement in the upper part of the county and relieve some of the Beltway's congestion.
The delegation decided to postpone Garrott's bill until the SHA makes its report at the end of November.