Transport group to reconsider Governor Hogan’s plan to rebuild the American Legion Bridge
ANNAPOLIS, MD – The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) is set to reconsider Governor Larry Hogan’s traffic relief plan at its July 21 meeting.
The focal point of the meeting is the reconstruction of the American Legion Bridge which goes hand in hand with Hogan’s vision of reducing traffic congestion along the Capital Beltway in Montgomery County.
“Momentum is growing for our two-party interstate plan to repair the American Legion Bridge and reduce traffic jams on the Capital Beltway,” Hogan said in a statement Thursday. “This multimodal project will solve one of the country’s worst bottlenecks, add more transit services as well as bike and pedestrian lanes, and free up funds to advance projects across the state.”
In June, the TPB voted to rule out the project in part because some in Montgomery County, including County Director Marc Elrich, feared it would add toll lanes on I-270 from the Capital Beltway to I-370 to Gaithersburg.
Hogan insisted that no new toll lanes would be added, after he and Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam teamed up to develop the plan in November 2019.
“With this plan, no one will be forced to pay tolls, all existing lanes will remain free, and billions of dollars in road improvements will be made without any new taxes. Almost 70 percent of Marylanders support this project to solve the second problem. worst traffic jam in America. This marks a monumental achievement for our region, “Hogan said at the time.
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Hogan on Thursday called those affected by the project “out of touch” and accused them of trying to sabotage the project.
“A small group of out of touch Montgomery County politicians continue to try to sabotage the project, reaching out to pro-trafficking activists at the expense of the overwhelming majority of residents who want something done about trafficking and who support our plan, ”Hogan said.
State officials, including Hogan, have said if the TPB does not reverse its decision, several other road projects, including the American Legion Bridge, could be at risk.
“Their actions threaten to derail the new American Legion Bridge, the entire plan and critical projects across the region,” the governor said.