In the spring of 1990 a number of federal agencies objected to the location of the original site of the Inter-County Connector road in Montgomery County and suggested a northern alternative. This route was proposed out of thin air, without any scientific study.
It is obvious that the northern route would place the environment in jeopardy even more than the original route. It runs through the Patuxent Watershed, which is a low-density development area, requiring a minimum of five acres of land for each house in order to protect the watershed from contamination.
Now this eight-lane freeway is drawn on a map in the ICC Project Manager's Office of the State Highway Administration designated as N1 and N2, and is slated to run through our community.
The gash of cement would despoil the pleasant green northern part of the county. It would assault the fragile nature of the area and add decibels to the noise pollution.
It would damage the fish, the wildlife and the vegetation. It would slash through forested land and denude it.
It would destroy the uplands that contribute to pollution control and it would destroy the acres of fresh water wetlands that act as sponges to soak up pollution and runoff and as breeding grounds for plants and wildlife. It would harm the Patuxent Watershed, which serves more than one million people.
And it is arousing and disturbing unnecessarily a serene community for a faulted, unneeded highway in an unsuitable place.
Montgomery County is against the northern route. The county council has made such a resolution. The county executive and the director of transportation have indicated it would be poorly located and of little use in solving the transportation problem and they are firmly against it.
What a waste of our taxpayers' money to even consider this northern route. It ignores the carefully considered county master plan. The financially strapped county and state have already spent hundreds of thousands of hours in studying, planning, mapping, surveying and purchasing right of way and now will expend additional hundreds of thousands of dollars to determine if the northern alternative is feasible.
The State Highway Administration should spend its time and our money to mitigate and adjust the original Inter-County Connector to comply with federal regulations at a minimum cost to the overburdened taxpayer. To even consider running the freeway through the fragile northern area of Montgomery County is a wasteful and unnecessary exercise.
IRENE WEIDLER MILTON WEIDLER Spencerville