Cross County Connector
1) Billingsley Road is the only east-west road in the development district and it is one of the deadliest roads in Maryland. It has no shoulders on which a policeman or rescue squad can pull over, and its winding narrow two lanes have cost numerous people their lives. The proposed land use plan once again calls for the construction of this road. We can honor our citizens and our environment by building this road in and environmentally sound fashion while saving families from the anguish of losing a loved one.
2) There is no reason more important to support the proposed land use plan than the building of the cross county connector. If Montgomery and Prince George’s counties can build a $2 billion inter county connector that protects the environment, it seems that we could do the same with our road. How many more people need to die on Billingsley Road, one of the deadliest roads in Maryland? Save lives. Pass the proposed plan and build the cross county connector.
3) $35 million has been spent on the cross county connector with almost all of the right of ways acquired by the county. It is a tragic loss of life and waste of money to halt construction on this road. It is a shameful and deadly distraction for opponents of this road to claim Billingsley Road can be upgraded as a replacement. Building Billingsley will cost significantly more than finishing the cross county connector and will destroy more wetlands than the connector. The supporters of the rejected plan oppose every proposed new road, ignore the need to reduce drive times, yet claim their plan “will improve our quality of life.” This will only come true with the rejected plan if you consider sitting in traffic an improved life style. Pass the plan and finish the cross county connector.