Once a new toll road is completed in Maryland, truckers can expect to pay between $1.50 and $2.10 per mile to use it during peak times.
The Maryland Transportation Authority has scheduled two public hearings this week concerning the toll rates for the Intercounty Connector, a 19-mile toll road to be built in phases with the first phase opening in fall 2010. Cost of the roadway is estimated at $1.7 billion.
The Authority has proposed a toll range of $1.50 to $2.10 for five-axle trucks during peak times, and a range of $1.20 to $1.80 during off-peak times. Six-axle trucks can expect to pay more. The toll road will be cashless, using E-ZPass as well as a camera system to send toll bills through the mail.
Public hearings give people a chance to comment on the proposed toll rates. Hearing times and locations are as follows:
- 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28, at High Point High School, 3601 Powder Mill Road, Beltsville.
- 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29, at Shady Grove Middle School, 8100 Midcounty Hwy., Gaithersburg.
Public comments are due by 5 p.m., Nov. 23. Visit http://www.iccproject.com or mail comments to ICC Project Office, Attn: ICC Tolls, 11710 Beltsville Drive, Suite 200, Beltsville, MD 20705.
The Maryland Transportation Authority plans to finalize toll rates during its regular meeting Dec. 17 in Greenbelt.
The MDTA currently operates 70 miles of tolled bridges, tunnels and roadways, including the 48-mile John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway.
– By David Tanner, staff writer