Maryland, Virginia back P3 for American Legion Bridge

Maryland and Virginia have unveiled plans to utilize a P3 model to replace and widen the American Legion Bridge.

Governors Ralph Northam (D-VA) and Larry Hogan (R-MD) have agreed to leverage private capital and shift key traffic and construction risks to the private sector to deliver the new bridge in a bid to relieve congestion around the Capital Beltway and along Interstates 270 and 95, 395 and 66. 

The governors added that the project would be delivered in co-ordination with the existing P3s for the 495 Express Lanes and the I-270 and I-495.

Maryland Secretary of Transportation Pete Rahn said: “Our transportation network cannot function without fixing the American Legion Bridge, I-495 and I-270. “Without these improvements, our horrendous congestion will only get worse.

“I commend Governors Hogan and Northam for reaching this historic agreement that will have lasting benefits for our region for decades to come.”

The project will replace the American Legion Bridge, where daily traffic has grown 390% since it opened in 1962, with 235,000 vehicles using it on a daily basis.

Partners will replace the existing lanes across the Potomac River and add two new Express Lanes in each direction for approximately three miles between the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Virginia to River Road in Maryland.

As part of a bi-state funding plan, Virginia will cover 21% of the General Purpose Lanes on the new American Legion Bridge, 50% of the Express Lanes on the new American Legion Bridge, and 100% of the northbound Express Lanes and General Purpose Lanes from the George Washington Parkway to MD-190/River Road.

Maryland will cover 79% of the General Purpose Lanes on the new American Legion Bridge, 50% of the Express Lanes on the new American Legion Bridge, and 100% of the southbound Express Lanes and General Purpose Lanes from MD-190/River Road to the George Washington Parkway.