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O’Malley attends ICC ribbon cutting

GAITHERSBURG — Gov. Martin O’Malley and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood are celebrating a ceremonial opening of the first part of Maryland’s Intercounty Connector.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday morning in Gaithersburg.

The intercounty connector is an east-west highway connecting Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. It will be Maryland’s first all-electronic toll road.

Supporters of the highway hope it will ease congestion in the area, but opponents say it will hurt the environment.

The planned opening of the first stretch of the highway was delayed until 6 a.m. Wednesday after forecasters predicted wintry weather conditions that authorities said could stall last-minute work on the road. It had been scheduled to open Tuesday morning.