Intercounty Connector Essay

1546 words - 7 pages

Land use is one of the major issues we are facing in our time today, not only is it an issue of using lands to the advantage of building roads and highways, it is also the cause of global warming, the danger to environmental life and the cost of building the Intercounty Connector, known as the ICC. This issue is what may be called a problem by the residents of the counties of Maryland. The project of building the Intercounty Connector “ICC”, includes building a highway throughout a couple of the counties in Maryland to have a faster and more efficient flow of traffic, which could also endanger the environment, and cause global warming. Also it is going to delay traffic while the project is ...view middle of the document...

” But would the residents of the county know that this could cause global warming or harm the environment? Has anyone thought of what would happen to the environment after the project is done? “We’ve gone within six months from denial of global warming to coming together,” says Hal Kassoff, Senior Vice President with Parsons Brinckerhoff, New York City, and a member of GHP (Cho 32). That’s how the county residents and the government have agreed that global warming existed.
The cost of building the Intercounty Connector was one of the major crisis that the State was going through while dealing with other county issues, even though they had stopped the project for money shortage, which did not stop them from canceling from building the project, they actually waited until they were financially stable and proceeded with the project. “Part of the Intercounty Connector project is being delayed indefinitely to save money, and a bond sale to finance some of its construction was postponed this week as officials deal with cost overruns and uncertain federal funding, Maryland officials said.” (Shaver B01). That’s all they had to do, delay the project until the money was there and they went on with their destruction to the environment, and nature. Costing $2.4 billion to build the ICC was not enough disruption to the economy of the State and also not having enough money to work on the project so they had to go and ask organizations for money donations. “SHA awarded the first $478.7 million contract to Intercounty Constructors of Annapolis Junction, Md., which will build 7 mi of the ICC from I-370 to Georgia Avenue (MD 97).” (Staff 27). This is how the project was being built, even if it requires asking for money, they had to get it done!
Using private land is a major issue. It should be stopped; private land should have not been used for the ICC project. They even offered to pay land owners money for their land, and they almost forced them to sell their own lands for the use of building the ICC. “The county Parks Department offered the Casey Foundation about $4 million for their land in 2005, when the real estate market was hotter, but the foundation never responded, he said” (Shaver B01). In this case they offered the Casey Foundation money to sell their land but they denied the offer, and that’s when they thought of another plan, to force take the land. “In court filings, the Maryland attorney general’s office says the Casey property qualifies as necessary for “public use” because buying forested parkland is required under that federally approved plan.” Taking the case to court was the only way they could ask for the land from the owners. The second lawsuit was by an environmental group voting against the U.S. Department of Transportation, arguing the air pollution issue, but that did not affect the projects plan.
On the supporting side of the ICC, the National Capital Park and Planning Commission donated its land for the ICC. “Plans for the proposed...

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