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American Legion Bridge to Be Widened, Replaced

Officials say they do not expect that any homes or businesses will need to be demolished or moved

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    Plan Announced for New American Legion Bridge

    Maryland and Virginia announced a joint effort to create a new, wider American Legion Bridge. News4 transportation reporter Adam Tuss has a closer look at the plan and when construction could begin. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019)

    The American Legion Bridge will be widened and replaced, the governors of Maryland and Virginia announced Tuesday morning.

    Work on the bridge will replace existing lanes in both directions and add two new express lanes in each direction, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said at a surprise news conference.

    The project aims to reduce traffic in one of the most backed-up stretches of the Capital Beltway. Officials said the work will cut commuting time in half for many drivers and reduce congestion by 25 percent.

    "A new bridge means commuters will get to work and back home faster," Northam said.

    American Legion Bridge Expansion Plan Gets Mixed Reviews

    [DC] American Legion Bridge Expansion Plan Gets Mixed Reviews

    The plan to build a new American Legion Bridge is drawing mixed reviews from drivers and homeowners on both sides of the Potomac River. News4's Drew Wilder spoke with some residents about their concerns.

    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019)

    Hogan called the "Capital Beltway Accord" between the governors a "once-in-a-lifetime achievement" for the region.

    New express lanes will extend for about three miles, from George Washington Memorial Parkway in Virginia to River Road in Maryland.

    Officials say the expansion will occur "predominantly within the footprint of the existing bridge and right-of-way to minimize impact to travelers, the environment, and surrounding communities." They do not expect that any homes or businesses will need to be demolished or moved.

    Both states will fund the project, which could begin as early as 2021.

    Officials say the bridge has operated beyond its capacity for nearly four decades. Daily traffic has grown 390 percent since it opened in 1962, with 235,000 vehicles using it daily.

    Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.

    Project to Widen American Legion Bridge

    [DC] Project to Widen American Legion Bridge

    The governors of Maryland and Virginia announced that four new express lanes will be added to the American Legion Bridge. News4's Justin Finch reports on the major project.

    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019)

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