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Maryland to seek tech solutions to reduce I-270 gridlock

(Flickr / Taber Andrew Bain / “I-270 Divides 2 Miles” / CC BY 2.0 / Cropped and Resized)

(Flickr / Taber Andrew Bain / “I-270 Divides 2 Miles” / CC BY 2.0 / Cropped and Resized)

WASHINGTON — Maryland is looking for new high-tech ways to reduce gridlock on one of the most congested highways in the Washington suburbs.

The Washington Post reports the state’s highway agency says it will ask companies to propose their solutions for making traffic flow faster on Interstate 270.

The price will be set at $100 million.

Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn says he doesn’t know what to expect but hopes the bidders come up with solutions that state engineers haven’t even thought of.

The request for proposals will be released in June, but Rahn says a timeline for the project hasn’t been finalized.

Rahn says he believes this will be the first transportation procurement in the country that’s completely open to new ideas, rather than rooted in a government-scripted plan.