Petitioning Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and 21 others

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


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.

Letter to
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett
State Senator Nancy King
State Representative Kirill Reznik
and 19 others
State Representative Aruna Miller
State Representative A. Shane Robinson
State Representative Eric Luedtke
State Representative Craig Zucker
Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner
State Representative Charles Barkley
Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker
Montgomery County Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson
State Representative Kathleen Dumais
State Representative David Fraser-Hidalgo
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 Nancy Floreen
State Senator Karen Montgomery
State Representative Anne Kaiser
Montgomery County Councilmember Sidney Katz
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.