Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) agreed Tuesday to delay a key vote on his plan to add toll lanes to the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270 after the state’s comptroller said he and the public needed more time to review “important revisions” to the proposal.
Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) had asked Hogan on Monday to delay Wednesday’s vote by the Board of Public Works. Franchot said he was concerned that changes proposed by the Maryland Department of Transportation “would substantially broaden and accelerate” the plan that he had agreed to in June.
Hogan spokesman Michael Ricci said the governor agreed to delay the vote until Dec. 18 “as a courtesy to the comptroller.” He declined to elaborate.
Under state law, the three-member panel, composed of the governor, comptroller and state treasurer, must approve any changes to the plan because MDOT is pursuing it as a public-private partnership. With an estimated value of more than $9 billion, it would be the biggest such arrangement in the country.