The final section of the Intercounty Connector linking Interstate 95 with Route 1 in Laurel will be opened in stages over multiple days beginning Friday after months of delay, according to the State Highway Administration.
The new 1.5-mile section of the tolled highway and a new interchange between I-95 and Konterra Drive — the former Contee Road, between the ICC and Route 198 — will both be open in time for the morning rush hour on Monday, the SHA said Wednesday.
The $90 million project to build the final section between I-95 and Route 1 was scheduled for completion in the spring, but was delayed until now in part because the region's harsh winter disrupted construction.
The work will begin Friday evening, weather permitting. It follows additional repaving and safety work on I-95 to create new traffic distribution and collector lanes for vehicles entering and exiting the highway onto Konterra Drive, the ICC and Route 198.
The first portion of the ICC between Interstates 270 and 370 and Route 97 opened in February 2011. The second, connecting the first to I-95, opened in November 2011.
The all-electronic toll road was built by the SHA and is operated by the Maryland Transportation Authority. Toll rates, which vary during peak and off-peak hours, will remain the same with the opening of the final section, the SHA said.
The new interchange at Konterra Drive, which runs from Old Gunpowder Road to Muirkirk Road, was envisioned to better serve Laurel Regional Hospital and the proposed 2,200-acre mixed-use Konterra development.
The project was also meant to improve access to the MARC commuter station on Muirkirk Road.
The SHA urged motorists to use caution over the weekend, as different portions of the new highway infrastructure will be opened in phases.