The move, coupled with a delay in another road project, would free up about $61 million in Leggett’s proposed six-year capital improvements program, which the council must finalize and approve this year. The school system would get $20 million of that money, while the rest would go to other projects, such as a second entrance to the White Flint Metro station, better access to the Forest Glen Metro station, and design and planning for bus rapid transit, Leggett wrote in a memo to Council President Hans Riemer (D-At Large).
Montrose Parkway East, a 1.6-mile roadway that would connect the existing Montrose Parkway to Veirs Mill Road, drew heated discussion at a meeting of the council’s transportation committee this month, with two of the three council members on the panel voting to recommend a delay in funding the project.
Council member Roger Berliner (D-District 1), who chairs the committee, said Montrose Parkway East was on a secret list of $2 billion in transportation projects the state had agreed to pay for if Amazon.com chooses Montgomery County for its second headquarters. (Amazon founder Jeffrey P. Bezos also owns The Washington Post.)