The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved an ownership and financial agreement among Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia to rebuild and expand the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Bridge over the Potomac River.
"This project represents a major milestone in our ongoing attack on highway congestion," commented Norman Mineta, secretary of transportation. "The Wilson Bridge is not only a vital interstate link for the capital region, bit its efficiency has an impact on highway traffic up and down the entire East Coast Corridor."
After several years of debate, Congress has voted to provide $1.586 billion in federal funds to rebuild the bridge with the understanding that Virginia and Maryland would agree to own and maintain the bridge, which is currently owned by the federal government.
The states have agreed to a joint ownership and maintenance plan and to provide all additional funding to support the bridge reconstruction, which is expected to cost a total of $2.4 billion. Construction is scheduled to be completed by 2011.