April 5, 2019

Dear Friends,
On March 25, Maryland Secretary of Transportation Pete Rahn and Gregory Slater, Administrator, State Highway Administration, briefed the County Council on Governor Hogan's 495 270 Managed Lane Study. This is a plan to widen the Beltway and Interstate 270 and add toll lanes to them both. Watch the briefing here.

In the briefing, and consistently in meetings with MDOT, I have expressed concern with this plan.

Expansion of the Beltway and I-270 to add toll lanes would directly impact District 3 and Prince George's County residents. The Prince George's County Planning Department is studying the proposal to better understand the potential impact on County homeowners, businesses, natural resources, and more. Their analysis includes a map of the existing interstate right of way. Click here to view the Planning Department study including the existing right of way.

Earlier this week, I spoke at a press conference in support of  HB-1091 -- Public Private Partnerships - Reforms and submitted testimony urging the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee to pass this critical legislation which would place additional safeguards on massive Public Private Partnerships such as this one. Read more. This bill has passed the House of Delegates but must be passed by the Senate before  sine die on Monday.  
I urge you to learn more about this proposal, to attend one of the upcoming public meetings, and to share your comments with MDOT.

In addition to providing comments directly at the public meetings, you can comment online at  www.495-270-P3.com or via email at 495-270-P3@sha.state.md.us

Comments can also be mailed to:
I-495 and I-270 P3 Office
Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration
707 North Calvert St., Mail Stop P-601
Baltimore MD 21202

Thank you for engaging in this important discussion. Thank you for all you do for our community. 

Please plan to join me at my 5th Annual Town Hall and Resource Fair on Wednesday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. at William Wirt Middle School. I'm excited that County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, State's Attorney Aisha Braveboy, and At Large Council Members Mel Franklin and Calvin Hawkins will join me that evening.
 As always, feel free to reach out to a member of my District 3 team or me if we can help you in any way. #onlytogether

Together Strengthening Our Community,

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Only together can we strengthen our County,
our communities, our families and realize our fullest potential.

Only together as one County, can our tapestry, our story, and our County shine bright.

Join Me On Wednesday!
District 3 Town Hall and Resource Fair
April 10
6:30 p.m.
William Wirt Middle School

 Contact Your 
D3 Team

Wanda Brooks 
Citizen Services Specialist
Alvinia Kelly
Office Manager & Scheduler
Aimee Olivo 
Chief of Staff
Alina Smith
Latino Liaison
Alesha Wilson
Community Outreach & Special Projects Coordinator

If you have received this e-news from someone other than my office, and are interested in receiving this update directly, please email CouncilDistrict3@co.pg.md.us or call (301) 952-3060.