It has been planned for over 50 years. It has withstood protests and lawsuits. Regardless or which side of the battle you were on, the battle is over and the ICC is a reality. One small stretch between 270 and Georgia Avenue opened in early 2010 with a great deal of fan fare and very little traffic. Apparently, not many folks in the Olney area had a need to be in Rockville and there were not many westbound travelers that needed to make their way to Georgia Avenue.
Right around Thanksgiving the dynamics changed. The portion from Georgia Avenue to Interstate 95 was opened and lives were changed. Obviously, there are many folks travelling south on 270 or 95 that wish to make the trek from one side of the county to the other without using the capital beltway. For those out-of-towners reading this, the capital beltway (also know as 495) is a fancy name for a bumper to bumper parking lot that circles around Washington DC.
This is a map of the ICC. The important points are the interchanges. The ICC can be accessed via 270 by using the 370 exit. There are exits at Shady Grove Metro, Georgia Avenue, Layhill Road, New Hampshire Avenue, Colesville Road, Briggs Chaney Road and 95. A final exit at Virginia Manor Road with access to Route 1 will open later.
Rather that reprint the information regarding the ICC and the need for an E Z Pass, let me just add the link to the official website here.... EZ Pass The EZ Pass is also used on other toll roads in the region. The devil is not in the details regarding the ICC. The ICC is a time saver and opens many communities that used to be local road traffic stymied.
This may look like mortar and stone
it is really a great big job magnet
It is no secret that a great majority of people living in the Maryland suburbs work in Washington, DC. Access to DC in the past was limited to the use of 270 and then to feeder roads. There were other roads available, but 270 became the main funnel from Montgomery County into Washington DC. The Metro, more specifically, the Redline of the Metro was and remains another conduit into the Nation's Capital. This created a lot of development along the 270 corridor.
The ICC opens up the Eastern portion of the County
Now, those that choose to live in Olney, Ashton, Sandy Spring, Layhill, Norbeck, Spencerville, Cloverly, Burtonsville, Laurel and areas close to them have a smooth access to Bethesda, Rockville, the 270 corridor, the redline at Shady Grove or Glenmont and many other commuter routes. The time spent getting from here to there has been reduced.
Those moving to the area and feeling they had to only focus on the 270 corridor have more choices. Those people that used to think they had to move to Clarksburg or Urbana because of the need to use 270 now have more neighborhoods to choose from when moving.
The eastern portion of Montgomery County has wonderful neighborhoods, lots of green space and plenty of things to do. The ICC has created the opportunity to not only live a little closer to town, it has ended the long days journey into night of commuting into town using Colesville Road or New Hampshire Avenue.
If you would like to know more about the neighborhoods that have become more desirable because of the ICC, let me know. I have lived and worked here all my life. I not only know the roads, I have driven them and I know where the potholes exist. My phone number is 301-509-5111.