Tell Montgomery County Council to Build the Mid-County Highway Alternative 9A Alignment
  • Petitioning Ike Leggett

This petition will be delivered to:

Montgomery County Executive
Ike Leggett
Montgomery County Councilmember
Marc Elrich
Montgomery County Councilmember
George Leventhal
Montgomery County Councilmember
Hans Riemer
Montgomery County Councilmember
Nancy Navarro
Montgomery County Councilmember
Craig Rice
Montgomery County Councilmember
Phil Andrews
Montgomery County Councilmember
Nancy Floreen
Montgomery County Councilmember
Roger Berliner
Montgomery County Councilmember
Cherri Branson
Montgomery County Planning Board Chair
Casey Anderson
State Sen. Brian Feldman
State Sen. Karen Montgomery
State Rep. Anne Kaiser
State Rep. David Fraser-Hidalgo
State Rep. Kathleen Dumais
State Rep. Charles Barkley
State Rep. Kirill Reznik
State Sen. Nancy King
State Rep. Aruna Miller
State Rep. A. Shane Robinson
State Rep. Eric Luedtke
State Rep. Craig Zucker

Tell Montgomery County Council to Build the Mid-County Highway Alternative 9A Alignment

    1. Petition by

      Coalition for Upcounty

The Mid-County Highway (M-83) is a master-planned 4-lane north/south parkway that has been the basis for planned density in Upounty areas east of I-270, especially in Clarksburg. The roadway will provide a viable north/south travel alternative to I-270 and MD 355 on the east side of I-270, similar to Great Seneca Highway on the west side of I-270. If the County does not build this critical infrastructure it will be detrimental to the quality of life for Upcounty residents.

Here are some facts to remember:

- Montgomery County Planning Board, the City of Gaithersburg, and the Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board supports Alternate 9A.

- Mid-County Highway master plan alignment has been on area master plans for nearly 50 years.

- The roadway was reconfirmed in the 1994 Clarksburg master plan.

- M-83 is the basis for density planned, approved and constructed in Upcounty including Damascus, Clarksburg, Germantown, Montgomery Village, Shady Grove, and other areas east of I 270.

- Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT) to Clarksburg and BRT along MD 355 to Clarksburg are needed in addition to M-83 to enhance Upcounty mobility options, not as a REPLACEMENT of M-83.

- The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Midcounty Corridor Study (MCS) Draft Environmental Effects Report (DEER) clearly documents that M-83 Alternative 9 provides the highest transportation effectiveness among all alternatives considered.

- Through bridging, alignment shifts, and retaining walls, all with substantial added costs, alignment Alternative 9A minimizes impact to wetlands, streams, forest, floodplains, and parklands.

- The DEER also proposes substantial mitigation to forest and parkland losses to fully offset any impact from Alternative 9A.

- M-83 Alternative 9A will protect long-established and historic communities such as Prathertown and Goshen along Brink Road, Wightman Road, and Warfield Road.

- Upcounty residents, especially in Clarksburg, have made decisions about their purchases of residence based on area master plans, which includes M-83.

Ike Leggett, Montgomery County Executive
Marc Elrich, Montgomery County Councilmember
George Leventhal, Montgomery County Councilmember
Hans Riemer, Montgomery County Councilmember
Nancy Navarro, Montgomery County Councilmember
Craig Rice, Montgomery County Councilmember
Phil Andrews, Montgomery County Councilmember
Nancy Floreen, Montgomery County Councilmember
Roger Berliner, Montgomery County Councilmember
Cherri Branson, Montgomery County Councilmember
Casey Anderson, Montgomery County Planning Board Chair
State Sen. Brian Feldman, Maryland-015
State Sen. Karen Montgomery, Maryland-014
State Rep. Anne Kaiser, Maryland-014A
State Rep. David Fraser-Hidalgo, Maryland-015C
State Rep. Kathleen Dumais, Maryland-015B
State Rep. Charles Barkley, Maryland-039A
State Rep. Kirill Reznik, Maryland-039B
State Sen. Nancy King, Maryland-039
State Rep. Aruna Miller, Maryland-015A
State Rep. A. Shane Robinson, Maryland-039C
State Rep. Eric Luedtke, Maryland-014B
State Rep. Craig Zucker, Maryland-014C
I support construction of the Alternative 9A Master Plan Alignment of Mid-County Highway (M-83) between Ridge Road (MD 27) and Montgomery Village Avenue.

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Thank you for helping us get to 1,000 supporters!

      Thank you for signing on to support this collective effort to get the attention of elected officials in Montgomery County! The residents in Upcounty are in need of major transportation infrastructure improvements NOW - that includes possibly High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes on a widened I-270 that extend between I-70 in Frederick and I-495 Express Lanes in Virginia and Phase 1 of Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT). Locally, it is also time to complete improvements to MD 355 and MD 27 north of Germantown through Clarksburg.

      Please continue to spread the word and let people know that there are alternatives that can be implemented NOW to provide congestion relief in Upcounty!

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. Gazette publishes Opinion by C4U supporters.

      OPINION -- Gazette.Net

      Opponents of the Mid-County Highway (M-83) project are trying to politicize and terminate the Midcounty Corridor Study, which after 12 years is finally nearing completion. This is wrong. The upcounty residents deserve the opportunity to see which alternative emerges as the best option that will meet their transportation needs.

    4. 900 Supporters

      Thank you, we have reached 900 supporters for the Midcounty Highway Master Plan Alignment Alternative 9A! We are building broad community support for completion of the Midcounty Highway and are particularly encouraged to have the support of UCAB, who recently endorsed the M-83 Master Plan Alignment Alternative 9A. Please continue to let your friends and families in the area know about this petition, which is helping to send a strong message to the County Council and the County Executive that we need M-83 and they need to fund planning, design, and construction of the highway.

    5. City of Gaithersburg and Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board Support M83

      - The City of Gaithersburg supports M-83 Master Plan Alignment Alternate 9A.

      - The Upcounty Citizens Advisory Board (UCAB) voted to support M-83 Master Plan Alignment Alternate 9A.

    6. Reached 750 signatures
    7. 700 Supporters - THANK YOU

      We are now over 700 supporters and we need to keep sending the message to the elected officials that we need M83. The Planning Board voted to approve Master Plan Alternate 9A and now we need to make sure the County Council approves the recommendation and then funds it. Please keep spreading the word.

    8. Planning Board Update

      Tonight the Planning Board voted 3-2 in favor of recommending the building of Master Plan Alternate 9A for the Mid-County Highway (M83). This is a great victory but only the first step. The next step is to get the County Council to approve the Master Plan Alternate 9A and then final step is to get the Council to approve funding for construction. We still have work to do so please keep the signatures coming and spread the word. THANK YOU!

    9. Planning Board Meeting - Silver Spring

      If you are not able to attend the meeting tomorrow evening, you can click on the link below to watch the meeting online.

    10. Planning Board Meeting - Silver Spring

      Thursday, November 21 at 6PM is the Planning Board meeting to discuss staff report and recommendations for Mid-County Highway.

      Please click on the below link and see item #9 for full details.


      Thursday, November 21, 2013 REVISED: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 3:45 pm Please note - Agenda changes and testimony rules: The Planning Board's Agenda is subject to change and certain items may be postponed or added. For meeting updates or to view the Planning Board proceedings live on our website, visit

    11. Over 600 Signatures

      Thank you for all of the great support! Please help us to keep spreading the word!

    12. Reached 500 signatures
    13. Planning Department Staff Report Released

      The staff report recommends evaluation of transit along MD 355 that includes a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and widening to 6 lanes. Though the staff report does not explicitly reject Alternative 9A, the above recommendation directly reflects the tactic of the opponents to Mid-County Highway master plan alignment – to delay approval and construction of the roadway, and to ultimately delete the master planned roadway from area master plans.

      Copy and paste the below link to see the full staff report.

    14. Over 300 Supporters - THANK YOU!

      Thank you for all of the early support. Please let your friends know about the petition, we need to keep getting signatures.

    15. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Jennifer Scales-Moore GERMANTOWN, MD
      • 11 days ago

      This would make my daily commute better.

    • Marisa Piazza CLARKSBURG, MD
      • 12 days ago

      Cause I live right near the entrance to CV off 27 and would love to be able to get in and out easier.

    • Enrico Caperal CLARKSBURG, MD
      • 13 days ago

      I wany to support for extation snowdern farm park Clarksburg

    • vinod surisetty CLARKSBURG, MD
      • 13 days ago

      Will make traffic lighter on i-270.

    • Ralph Ralph CLARKSBURG, MD
      • 13 days ago

      I have an 11 mile drive that takes about 45 min to an hour


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