We regret to have to inform Village residents that the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) , which had previously firmly committed to making a presentation at the upcoming September Village Council meeting on the Managed Lane Study and the possible expansion of I-495/270, advised the Village on September 4 that it was backing out of that commitment. The supposed rationale for this was that SHA received over 2300 comments during the last comment period, and wanted to take the time to fully digest those comments before doing any more community outreach. We do not now expect a presentation to be made by SHA directly to the Village Council and residents until sometime in the first quarter of 2019. We have expressed strong concern about this delay, particularly if SHA were to move to the next phase of the process before meeting with us. We will continue to follow up with SHA on this and will keep Village residents apprized of any further developments.
This item will still be on the agenda for the Village Council meeting and we will provide an update based upon the presentation that SHA made at the Public Workshop held at Pyle Middle School on July 25, as well as the written comments submitted by the Village to SHA on August 27