The proposed campus connector road (our update library page) has been lingering in the background since we launched this site, but we finally have something to bring to the table. After weeks of waiting and a lot of persistence, the folks at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center were kind enough to send us a copy of a Preliminary Feasibility Study for the highway. The study was conducted in 1999 and, although fairly small, is one of the few primary sources we can find on the project. It explores 4 proposed alternatives and notes considerations for each: environmental (wetland, superfund sites, endangered species), social & cultural (historic, community impacts), and costs.
We’ll continue to vigorously pursue more information and documentation on this project and post everything just as soon as we can. Indeed it’s difficult for anyone to even have a meaningful debate on the connector road because there is more speculation than information about it.