More drums boom for wider I-270
Last night it was my pleasure to tape a show with Charles Duffy of Montgomery Municipal Cable's "Political Pulse" down in Kensington. The GPS lady said to take the Capital Beltway. Experience said otherwise, and I took a combination of non-interstate routes through Burtonsville and Wheaton. It worked out fine -- even though I was traveling at rush hour.
One of the main topics was the proposal to spend $4.6 billion on a sprawl-enabling, polluting, futile and wasteful widening of Interstate 270. Duffy was kind enough to give the the opportunity to explain why this is not such a grand idea from a Baltimore point of view.
But while I was off pontificating, other forces were at work advancing the bank-breaking project, Maryland Politics Watch reports. It seems that business and labor have formed an unholy alliance in support of what would be the most expensive transportation project in Maryland history.
There is no sign that the O'Malley administration is showing much interest in the road-widening project, though it is supportive of a transit lline in the I-270 corridor. But there are enough drums beating for the project in Montgomery to warrant vigilance on the part of political leaders from Baltimore and elsewhere in the state.