ICC to open Tuesday

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Maryland officials will open a new stretch of road on the Innercounty Connector on Tuesday, extending the $2.6-billion toll highway an additional 10.4 miles and into Prince George’s County.

The highway, which opened in February and originally spanned 7 miles from Interstate 370 in Gaithersburg to Maryland Route 97 Olney, will now stretch all the way to Interstate 95 in Laurel.

Motorists will be able to drive the entire road free of charge until Dec. 4. The ICC, officially named Maryland Route 200, usually requires drivers to have E-ZPass and costs most drivers as much as 25 cents a mile to travel during peak hours.

The ICC was originally planned to span nearly 19 miles. A final, less-than-two-mile section will stretch to Route 1 in Laurel, but is still in the bidding process.

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