Maryland– Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and the United States Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an agreement to evaluate transferring the federally owned Baltimore-Washington Parkway to Maryland control. The agreement will allow both parties to evaluate future operation and ownership alternatives for the portion of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway that is administered by the National Park Service. It also acknowledges that the transfer cannot take place without federal legislation. Shifting the Baltimore-Washington Parkway to Maryland, widening the highway in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties and tolling it is part of Hogan’s $9 billion Traffic Relief Plan.
Hogan’s plan for Maryland 295 is going to be a public-private partnership. While a private team of builders is expected to be awarded the Interstate 495 and I-270 widening, the Maryland Transportation Authority would build, operate and maintain the new lanes and maintain existing lanes between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. The accelerated timeline for the initial Beltway and I-270 study aims to have the next rounds of technical analysis of the I-495 and I-270 toll lane alternatives done this fall. The details of the potential alternatives are scheduled to be presented at public meetings July 17-25. According to a timeline from the Maryland Department of Transportation, the state expects to issue its request for qualifications and a draft request for proposals (RFP) in 2018, and a final RFP and draft Environmental Impact Statement in 2019.