by Katherine Shaver

The full Intercounty Connector is scheduled to open Nov. 22, Maryland transportation officials said late Thursday.

The 18.8-mile highway will open between Intersate 370 in Gaithersburg and Interstate 95 in Laurel by 6 a.m., weather permitting, said Cheryl Sparks, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Transportation Authority. The ICC’s first 7.2-mile segment opened between I-370 and Norbeck Road, just east of Georgia Avenue, in February.

“We were committed to opening it as soon as it was ready,” Sparks said.

Word of the opening came Thursday evening during a public meeting in Howard County, when Howard County Executive Ken Ulman asked Maryland Transportation Secretary Beverley Swaim-Staley for a date. The transportation authority plans to make an official announcement Friday, Sparks said.