by Montgomery County, MD, Executive Douglas M. Duncan and Gov.-elect
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to speed up environmental reviews of a new
intercounty connector, the project's future is still uncertain.
Opponents, such as Montgomery Council member Philip Andrews of Rockville,
have asked the federal government to reject a faster review, The
Washington Post reported recently.
east-west connector would link Interstates 270 and 95, running from
Rockville east to Laurel in the Washington, DC, area and costing
an estimated $1.3 billion. Outgoing Democratic Gov. Parris Glendening
dropped the plan after an unfavorable report from the EPA.
In a letter
to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta, Andrews said
the road would cause too much environmental harm for it to be the
subject of an expedited study.
On the same
day that Andrews' letter was sent, 13 environmental groups also
sent a letter to Mineta, saying President Bush's executive order
calling for streamlined environmental reviews was not intended for
such a controversial proposal, The Post reported.