Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan proposes widening the Beltway and I-270 to include 4 toll lanes
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Thursday proposed a $9 billion plan to widen three of the state’s most congested highways — the Capital Beltway, Interstate 270 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway — in what he said would include the largest public-private partnership for highways in North America.
The projects would add four toll lanes each to Maryland’s portion of the Capital Beltway (I-495) and to I-270 from the Beltway to Frederick. It would also widen the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (MD 295) by four toll lanes after taking over ownership from the federal government.
Because of private-sector involvement, Hogan said, the plan would not cost taxpayers any money. Instead, he said, because of private companies’ up-front investments in the Beltway and I-270 ventures, the state could potentially reap billions of dollars of additional funds.