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ICC Background

Project History

The ICC has been planned and studied for over 50 years, and its design is being developed with extensive involvement by the Montgomery County and Prince George's County communities. The new east-west highway will cover approximately 18.8 miles, and will include the construction of numerous new highway interchanges and bridges. The ICC will be a state-of-the-art, toll operated, multi-modal roadway with limited points of access. It is intended to link existing and proposed development between the I-270 and I-95/US 1 corridors within central and eastern Montgomery County and northwestern Prince George's County.

The ICC project will provide a myriad of benefits to the Washington and Baltimore metropolitan areas. It is intended to increase community mobility and safety; facilitate the movement between economic centers of people and goods; provide cost-effective transportation infrastructure to serve existing and future development which reflects local land use objectives; help restore the natural, human, and cultural environments changed by past development impacts; and enhance homeland security.

ICC Ownership and Control

The Maryland Transportation Authority (the Authority or MdTA), is the owner and operator of the ICC, and is responsible for its financing.

The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), which is a part of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), acting on behalf of the Authority, is responsible for managing all planning, environmental approvals, design, project procurement, and construction administration on the project.

ICC Project Team

The ICC Project Team consists of the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA); the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), including the Maryland State Highway Administration; the Maryland Transportation Authority (the Authority or MdTA); and the general engineering consultant for the project, ICC Corridor Partners. The ICC Project Team also includes our partners in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties.

Maryland State Highway Administration's Commitment to Disadvantaged Business Enterprises

While great strides have been made over the years, SHA is aware that much remains to be done in order to create and sustain a fair business environment within which DBEs can compete for contracts and subcontracts with productive results. Because business survival and growth depend largely on the ability to network, form partnerships, and expand a firm's knowledge base, the SHA's DBE program recognizes that one of its critical roles is to foster business relationships and to become true partners in expanding the economic base of the entire Maryland community.

Applicability of Federal and State Laws to ICC Solicitations

Since most of the funding for the planning, design, and construction of the ICC is provided by the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), all solicitations seeking design-builders for the ICC, and any contracts deriving from those solicitations, are subject to Federal and related State laws concerning the utilization of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs). [Please note that Federal law refers to DBEs, and Maryland law refers to Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) or Minority/Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (M/DBEs). In all ICC solicitations, DBE, MBE, and M/DBE shall have the same meaning.] All Federal law DBE provisions are applicable to ICC solicitations. All State law MBE provisions also are applicable to ICC solicitations, unless the State law provision is not consistent with the Federal law -- in which case the Federal law provisions shall prevail.

Only firms certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) are eligible to be counted towards DBE goals on the ICC project. The Office of Minority Business Enterprise, which is a part of MDOT, is responsible for the certification of firms as DBEs, as defined in 49 CFR 26.

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