Maryland Board of Public Works advances governor's traffic relief plan

Goal of the plan is to ease congestion on the Capital Beltway and build a new American Legion Bridge

August 13, 2021 / 1 minute read
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The Maryland Board of Public Works (BPW) this week voted to advance Gov. Larry Hogan's traffic relief plan.

The goal of the plan is to ease congestion on the Capital Beltway, build a new American Legion Bridge, and deliver more transit services for the region, according to a press release.

"We are advancing one of the most significant infrastructure projects of the last 50 years, and one of the largest public-private partnerships in the world. We are making progress on the gridlock in Washington and on the Capital Beltway," Gov. Hogan said in a statement. “This Traffic Relief Plan is a win for families, commuters, and small businesses. It will finally begin to solve the soul crushing, worst-in-the-nation traffic that people have failed to address for 50 years."

The vote comes after the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan infrastructure package that includes the governor’s national infrastructure initiative as National Governors Association chair.

Last month, the Transportation Planning Board voted by an overwhelming majority to advance the traffic relief plan, with broad-based support from across the state and the region, according to the Governor's office.

In November 2019, Gov. Hogan and Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia announced the Capital Beltway Accord, a bipartisan interstate plan to replace the aging American Legion Bridge and relieve congestion at one of the worst bottlenecks in the nation.

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SOURCE: Office of Gov. Larry Hogan

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