- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is breaking ground for the Intercounty Connector, saying it will be good for families, business and the future.

Despite repeated heckling from a few sign-toting protesters, Mr. Ehrlich said during a noon press conference that the long-delayed project has the support of most state residents.

Mr. Ehrlich, a Republican seeking re-election, held the press conference near Interstate 270, just past the Shady Grove Road overpass.

The 18-mile Intercounty Connector will begin just west of I-270 in Montgomery County and connect with Interstate 95 in Laurel.

Mr. Ehrlich said that after 56 years of study and debate, the groundbreaking marks a step toward better mobility for commuters who now lose thousands of hours each year to traffic congestion.

But critics say construction of the road could devastate their neighborhoods .Others say it will spur development that could eventually clog existing commuter routes even more.

Construction of the $2.4 billion dollar road will begin this fall.

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