Maryland Route 200 - History - Washington Outer Beltway

Washington Outer Beltway

The ICC can be traced to plans developed in the 1950s for an Outer Beltway. The original Outer Beltway had been planned to pass south of the corporate limits of Rockville. Plans for most of the ICC alignment under construction in 2009 (between I-370 and the Trolley Museum site) were developed in the 1960s, and ran to the north and west of the original alignment. Even though the ICC does not cross the Potomac River, the new route was motivated in part by a desire to re-route an Outer Beltway crossing of the Potomac River upstream from the area of River Bend to Watkins Island.

In 1975, the the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments endorsed a request from the State Highway Administration "for federal support of a $1.1 million planning and engineering study of the first 8-mile segment of the road" (then called the Outer Beltway), which was to "run from the Baltimore-Washington Parkway near Beltsville westward to a point near Interstate Rte 70S at Gaithersburg." However, the current route of the ICC follows that alignment only from a point near the site of the National Capital Trolley Museum east to US 1 (Baltimore Avenue) in Beltsville.

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Washington Outer Beltway

The Washington Outer Beltway was a proposed freeway that would have extended further out than the Capital Beltway and encircled Washington, D.C. through the states of Maryland and Virginia. Most of the route was canceled in the 1980s.

Parts of it have been built as the following roads:

  • Fairfax County Parkway in Virginia
  • Intercounty Connector in Maryland, a toll road currently under construction. (The first segment opened to traffic in February 2011, and the second segment opened to traffic on November 22nd, 2011, thus linking Interstate 270 at Gaithersburg, MD to Interstate 95 at Laurel, MD). A third segment, which will link I-95 to US-1 in Laurel is to be completed by 2014.

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