Dozens of homes in Silver Spring could be destroyed to build toll lanes on Beltway

More than 30 homes and several businesses along the Capital Beltway could reportedly be destroyed under a plan to add toll lanes.

The Maryland Department of Transportation is hosting several public meetings to discuss concerns with the community.

Officials say six public workshops will take place to present the traffic, environmental and financial impact of widening two of the states most congested highways -- Interstate 495 and Interstate 270, which could potentially include adding four toll lanes.

Based on public feedback, state leaders have added more public workshop dates and times, including Saturdays in both Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

Multiple studies indicate the area is one of the most congested in the nation. The added toll lanes would reportedly reduce traffic by about 30 percent.