Traffic on the Beltway in Bethesda approaching I-270. Credit: Via Google Maps

The State Highway Administration (SHA) is seeking the public’s input as it develops a plan to reduce traffic congestion on the Beltway and I-270.  

The SHA will hold four open houses in April in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties on the I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study, which is the first step for public input on its traffic relief plan, according to an agency press release.

Residents in the Bethesda area can attend a session from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 19 at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School at 4301 East West Highway. The other open house scheduled to be held in the county will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 18 at Clarksburg High School at 22500 Wims Road.

“Understanding the local perspective will help us determine the best plan to reduce traffic congestion, increase economic development, enhance safety and return quality of life to Maryland commuters in this area,” Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn said in the release.

State transportation officials along with the Federal Highway Administration will prepare an environmental impact statement for the I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study to “identify innovative transportation solutions to reduce congestion,” the release said. The study will include “a review of existing and future traffic, existing roadway infrastructure, and environmental conditions to identify alternatives and assess potential impacts.”