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On February 23, the first portion of the Intercounty Connector (ICC) opened between Interstate 370 and Georgia Avenue. For two weeks, there was a honeymoon period, where tolls were not collected.

But the honeymoon is over!

I’ve travelled the seven-mile segment and it seems like many drivers are treating the 55 M.P.H. speed limit merely as a suggestion. But be aware – the Maryland Transportation Authority is strictly enforcing it.

If you are ticketed for speeding, it can carry points, and depending on the actual speed, criminal charges can be filed for reckless or negligent driving.

Also, it now costs between $.60 – $1.45—depending on the time of day—to travel the ICC. Tolls are being collected electronically, and having an EZPass is your best bet. EZ Passes can be obtained at two locations: in Beltsville at 11760 Baltimore Avenue, or in Gaithersburg at the Motor Vehicle Administration at 15 Metropolitan Avenue.

If you do not have an EZ Pass, then an additional $3 service charge will be added to your toll for each one-way trip. Opening an E-ZPass account costs a total of $46, $25 in pre-paid tolls and $21 for the transponder. Additionally, there’s a $1.50 service charge applied monthly to all E-ZPass accounts for account-maintenance services. While the charges may seem steep, saving the $3 service charge per one-way trip will quickly pay for it.

If you are in an unfortunate situation and require representation in any speeding or other traffic offenses, including DWI and DUI’s, contact us at 301-563-6685 or through our website,
and schedule a free consultation with me, Mary Ellen Flynn, or Peter Casciano.

The next section of the ICC – between Georgia Avenue and I-95 in Laurel is scheduled to open in early 2012.

View the current state of the ICC on this Intercounty Connector map (click to enlarge):

An image of the ICC Map