From Aspen Hill, Maryland, USA
Excerpted from an excellent overview of the history of highway planning in and around Montgomery County, courtesy of SecondCrossing.Org, sourced as Scott M. Kozel:
The Rockville Facility was killed in two actions in 1987 and 1990. Then state Sen. Idamae Garrott, who represented the Aspen Hill area – a major hotbed of anti-ICC sentiment -- succeeded in getting the General Assembly to pass a statute (8-601) prohibiting state funding of the Rockville Facility. This took the road out of the State Highway inventory, meaning only County funds could pay for it, except for an interchange at Rockville Pike. There have been bills through the years prohibiting the ICC, but none have passed. In 1991, she succeeded in getting the General Assembly to enact legislation to remove a section of the RF right of way between Viers Mill Road to Georgia Avenue, and converting the land to Matthew Henson State Park (8-610). The justification for this was that there were wetlands in this region that would potentially rule out a freeway there. By turning this section into a park, it cannot be reversed for transportation usage. A chief supporter of this measure was Del. Henry Heller, who lives on Turkey Branch Parkway, which fronts the Rockville Freeway, now Henson Park. Parts of the never-completed interchange for the Rockville Facility are visible on Connecticut Avenue at Henson Park. Garrott’s law also allows: “A public pavilion, named in honor of Senator Idamae Garrott, may be constructed within Matthew Henson State Park.” As a result of these two statutes, the Rockville Freeway was dead. That same year, M-NCPPC was rewriting the North Bethesda/Garrett Park master plan, out of which grew the Montrose Parkway.