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Second stretch of ICC to open next month

The second stretch of the $2.6 billion Intercounty Connector will open in time for the morning rush hour on Nov. 22, the Maryland Transportation Authority announced Friday.

The 10.35-mile segment will connect Georgia Avenue to Interstate 95 in Prince George’s County. The 7.2 miles of Maryland 200 between Interstate 270 and Georgia opened in February.

Drivers will be able to travel the entire ICC for free from Nov. 22 to Dec 4. while the state tests electronic toll equipment on the highway. Starting Dec. 5, drivers will pay between 10 cents and 25 cents per mile, depending on the time of day.

The entire trip from 270 to 95 will cost $4 during peak hours for most drivers. The MdTA expects the new highway to cut commute between Laurel and Gaithersburg to 17 minutes from the 47 minutes it takes on local roads.