One of the busiest travel weeks of the year could be a bit busier on roads near the Intercounty Connector as the second segment of the toll road opens to free “test drives" on Tuesday.
, which spans 10 miles from Georgia Avenue just south of Olney to Interstate 95 near Laurel, will open to traffic by 6 a.m. Tuesday, the Maryland Transportation Authority and State Highway Administration said in a news release.
The first segment, spanning Interstate 370 in Gaithersburg to Georgia Avenue, .
Motorists can drive the entire length of the ICC from I-370 to I-95 at no cost through midnight Dec. 4. Electronic toll collection on the entire length of the road will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 5.
As holiday travelers take advantage of the free test-drive period, transportation officials are advising motorists to expect traffic to be heavier than usual on the following roads near the ICC:
- Shady Grove Road.
- Georgia Avenue.
- Norbeck Road.
- Layhill Road.
- New Hampshire Avenue.
- U.S. Route 29.
- Fairland Road.
- Briggs Chaney Road.
- Musgrove Road.
- Old Columbia Pike.
- Powder Mill Road.
Highway administrators will monitor traffic on the ICC and on surrounding local roads to determine if adjustments to traffic signals or lane availability and access are necessary.
Changes will be posted on overhead and portable message signs, on Highway Advisory Radio messages and through Maryland’s 511 travel information system.
For statewide travel information call 511 or visit http://md511.org/.